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Music is a passion for University High valedictorian

Robert Houk • May 20, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Sydney Thomas is a valedictorian of University High School’s Class of 2018. She is the daughter of Sam and Chu Thomas of Johnson City, and has attended University School since kindergarten.

Thomas has a GPA of 4.157. She will attend the University of South Carolina Honors College in the fall, where she plans to major in biology.

Playing the violin is an important part of her life. Thomas began taking violin lessons at age 4, and she has performed with the Milligan College Orchestra, the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra and the East Tennessee State Chamber Orchestra.

1. What will you remember most about high school?

“I will most remember the times I’ve spent with my close friends. I have made so many great memories with them, and getting to spend time with my group of friends has definitely been the highlight of my time in high school.”

2. Who do you think you will be in 10 years?

“If all goes according to plan, in 10 years I will be in medical residency. I would love to have a medical career because I am fascinated by science and medicine and would love to have a job where I can improve the lives of others. I am not entirely sure on what field I want to work in, but right now I am leaning toward pathology because of my interest in microbiology.”

3. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who gave it to you?

“I can’t say that that there has been just one piece of advice that has been most valuable. I have gotten lots of good advice from the many great people in my life, from my family, my teachers and my friends. I think the most important thing is to listen closely to what other people have to say and to learn from all that they have to offer to me. I think that everyone has a perspective that can be valuable to you.”

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