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Valedictorian: Lauren Copland

May 18, 2018

After nearly four years of high school, maintaining a perfect GPA may seem like a fantasy to some, but Lauren Copland did what others considered impossible and earned the title of valedictorian along with a few others from the class of 2018. With the difficult journey nearing its end, Lauren finally has a chance to reflect upon the challenges she had to overcome.

For the most part, Lauren’s classes didn’t pose much of a threat to her grades. “It wasn’t overly hard, but going into finals and knowing that it could make or break my grade was very stressful,” Lauren said. However, she did admit that Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and Physics proved to be a challenge at times.

Tough classes weren’t the only thing that stood in Lauren’s way of a perfect GPA. She was an active member of BSM’s ski team and one-time participant on the soccer team. “I missed a lot of school for all my races. I had to leave early for a bunch of races, so I definitely didn’t have a lot of time to do all my homework,” Lauren said.

But Lauren managed to nd a way around her lack of homework time with some simple good work ethic. “I used all of my free period time and passing time to do as much homework as I could, so I wouldn’t have any work to do after school,” Lauren said. Lauren attributed much of her success in school to her dedication to time management.

With college on the horizon, Lauren is unsure if her stellar GPA will carry over. “I kinda want to get a feel for the college before I try to get a 4.0; I just want to do my best,” Lauren said.

As Lauren enjoys her last few days roaming BSM’s hallways, she had a few words of advice for other students striving for that elusive 4.0. “Don’t procrastinate and remember to never turn in homework late,” Lauren said.

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