Hibriten valedictorian Ashley Leonhardt learned science and balance

May. 23, 2013 @ 05:01 PM

To be first in your class, you don’t have to bury your head in a musty stack of books from freshman year to your graduation-day speech.

Ask Hibriten valedictorian Ashley Leonhardt what she learned in high school, and she’ll tell you about balance.

“I learned the value of hard work, but also the importance of having meaningful relationships with those around you,” Leonhardt said. “I hope to carry that with me in the future.”

Leonhardt was a cheerleader all four years of high school, and a member of American Field Service, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Beta Club.

She liked her classes – but she liked biology and psychology the most.

And she liked the people she met.

Don’t misjudge her, though – Leonhardt worked hard, too. The latest figure on her (weighted) GPA was 5.02.

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication,” Leonhardt said. “When in eighth grade, I wouldn’t have expected to be valedictorian, but it is something that I have strived to achieve for quite a while.”

In her science classes at Hibriten, Leonhardt saw her future. She realized she wanted to work in the medical field – as a pharmacist, specifically. She’ll attend Wingate University in the fall in pursuit of a doctorate of pharmacy degree.

Leonhardt said she’ll miss the familiarity of high school and the friends she grew up with.

But she’s looking forward to college – and Hibriten gave her plenty to carry with her as she goes.