FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Among the high school students in Forsyth County sit the best of their classes — the valedictorians.

These students worked hard to earn the title and are bound to be destined for great things. Now, they enter the next stage in life with college on the horizon, but not before they give a final sendoff to their best high school memories.

The Forsyth Herald interviewed the whiz kids and will feature them in multiple parts. This first installment includes South Forsyth High School, Forsyth Virtual Academy and the boys and girls valedictorians from Pinecrest Academy.

South Forsyth High School

Bhave, Aditya

BHAVE

Name: Aditya Bhave
College and intended major/minor: I will be attending Johns Hopkins University this fall. My anticipated major is public health and I wish to pursue a career in medicine.
What after-school activities were you involved in?
I was heavily involved in the MDJunior club and led it as its co-president, and I was an officer in the National Honor Society. I also founded an Optimist International chapter at my school as well, helping to encourage youth to be more active in the community.
What do you plan to do this summer before college?
I plan to have as much fun as possible this summer before I hit the books for the next four years at college.
What motivated you to work hard in high school?
I try to be self-motivated as I can towards completing my work and achieving my goals. I have had to use time management effectively in order to get my work done while still reserving time to have fun.
What does it mean to you to be the valedictorian for your school?
Being valedictorian has always been a goal of mine ever since I was young. It is an incredibly fulfilling thing to be able to leave a legacy at my high school. This is my biggest achievement and it feels great to have all of my work finally pay off.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory was Senior Prom. I had so much fun with my date, my friends and with my family. It was definitely a night to remember.
Did any of your teachers have a big impact on you? Who and how?
All of my teachers have had their own different impact on me and have helped me grow as an individual. I really enjoyed AP Seminar during my junior year with Ms. Angela Satterfield. She really opened my eyes to the world of research and analysis and really changed the way I saw the world.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself as an internal medicine resident fresh out of medical school.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to become a cardiologist and possibly open my own private practice someday.

Pinecrest Academy

Metz, Regina

METZ

Name: Regina Metz
College and intended major/minor: University of Georgia with an undecided major and a minor in Spanish.
What after-school activities were you involved in?
All four years I played basketball and soccer, serving as captain of both my senior year, and was a team leader for a service-based, Catholic girls club.
What do you plan to do this summer before college?
Before going to college, I am taking a gap year to do mission work through Regnum Christi Mission Corps. This summer, I am going to finish fundraising and participate in the month-long training course for the program.
What motivated you to work hard in high school?
I believe God gives everyone certain talents and we should all strive to develop and use those talents to the fullest. That and my classmates who worked incredibly hard motivated me to work hard every day, not only in my studies but in sports and leadership positions as well.
What does it mean to you to be the valedictorian for your school?
It is incredibly fulfilling to be valedictorian because not everyone has the chance to see their hard work pay off, but I did. I am also happy that the many people who believed in me and supported me through high school, and were integral to my success, got to see their efforts pay off as well.
What is your favorite high school memory?
Our school has a tradition that the senior class takes a trip to Nicaragua to serve a poor town outside of Managua. We played with children, visited prisoners, did manual labor and much more. That whole trip was my favorite memory of Pinecrest because I got to spend a week in another country serving with my friends. It was a super fun and fulfilling experience that I will never forget.
Did any of your teachers have a big impact on you? Who and how?
Señora Trevino taught me Spanish for two years and motivated me to minor in Spanish in college. She is also one of the most thoughtful people I know and inspires me to try to be kind to everyone I meet. My history teacher Mr. Boaz was also very impactful in my life. He taught me for two years and was my basketball coach for four, and his passion for life inspires me to take chances and live in the moment.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I honestly have no idea, but I hope to have a job that I love and be a mom by then. I do know that I will be living in the South because I cannot stand cold weather.
What is your dream job?
While I do not know what career I want to have, I know that I want a job serving our veterans, most likely in the legal or medical field. I love this country, and having a job helping the people who give everything to protect it is a job I would love waking up for every day.

Trainor, Michael

TRAINOR

Name: Michael Trainor
College and intended major/minor: I will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall and majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering.
What after-school activities were you involved in?
I competed in Mock Trial, varsity soccer and golf. I was a member of the Pinecrest Band and Compliments Club.
What do you plan to do this summer before college?
I plan to spend the summer with friends and family. We will be hosting an exchange student from Milan and then touring Italy with his family.
What motivated you to work hard in high school?
I was motivated to succeed because I wanted to be able to make the most of the natural intelligence I was given. I wanted to be able to apply and utilize my skills to hopefully one day make a difference.
What does it mean to you to be the valedictorian for your school?
It is an honor for sure. It is a great achievement for all of my hard work in high school and it gives me the motivation to keep it up in college.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is all the fun we had on the band trips over the years, especially performing in many concert halls.
Did any of your teachers have a big impact on you? Who and how?
All my teachers had an influence on me, but the most influential were coach Kane who helped me learn how to analyze the world around me, Mr. Cha who helped me see what math could really be, and Dr.Morris who made chemistry so interesting for me that I am now looking to further my education in chemical engineering.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be working for an organization where I can make a difference.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to become the ambassador to Barbados helping the people on the island, while enjoying the beautiful beaches. That would be a win/win for sure.

Forsyth Virtual Academy

Davis, Cassidy Brooke

DAVIS

Name: Cassidy Brooke Davis
College and intended major/minor: I will be attending Lanier Technical College’s radiologic technology program starting this fall.
What after-school activities were you involved in?
I was a gymnast as well as a science ambassador. I also participated in a lot of volunteer work.
What do you plan to do this summer before college?
I plan to spend a lot of time with friends and family and enjoying this short break before I go back to school.
What motivated you to work hard in high school?
I was always very self-motivated and I wanted to do the most just for myself. That was a big reason I chose to be a part of the Virtual Academy. I felt that I was able to get more done without distractions I found in the classroom.
What does it mean to you to be the valedictorian for your school?
This is very meaningful to me. It’s such a special feeling for all of my work to pay off.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory was finding out I was valedictorian. It was such an exciting moment.
Did any of your teachers have a big impact on you? Who and how?
Ms. Donna Governor had a huge impact on me and the rest of my education. She really founded my love for science.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself loving my job and spending a lot of time traveling and with family.
What is your dream job?
I would love to be a physician assistant. I am still considering going for that degree after I get my degree in radiologic technology.

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