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Five Questions with Crockett valedictorian

Brandon Paykamian • Jun 9, 2019 at 8:33 PM

Toni Schroeck recently graduated from David Crockett High School as this year’s valedictorian. 

This summer, she is interning at the Crumley House and working as a YMCA referee. She then plans to attend East Tennessee State University in the fall, after she gets the chance to “soak in every minute of summer first.”

Schroeck reached out to the Johnson City Press Friday to tell us more about herself, her experiences as a student and thoughts on education in general. 

Fast Facts: 

Hobbies: “Chilling with my cat and watching ‘The Bachelorette.’ ” 

Favorite food: Mac and cheese

Dogs or cats: Cats

Favorite Musicians: Jonas Brothers, the Beatles

Pet Peeves: “People not doing what they say they are going to do.” 

What have been some of your most memorable memories as a student? 

There are way too many highlights of my time at Crockett to choose the most memorable. Some of my favorite memories came from volunteering with Civinettes, playing soccer and being with my friends.

Which teachers have been most helpful to you as a student?

All my teachers have helped me throughout high school in some way. If I had to choose a few, it would be Lesley Allen, Julie Rastall and Lauren Murr. These women were not only strong academic influences; they were mentors that empowered me.

Who inspires you most in life?

My parents. Through years of my dad coaching me, I have learned that hard work and trying my best are the only options. With help from memes, gifs and jokes, my mom has taught me always to make time to enjoy the little things. Watching them put one hundred percent into their jobs and into this family has shown me that I don’t need to look far for inspiration.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges students face these days?

Students feel pressured to be perfect and, in return, many students give up on trying to succeed. Students these days should try their best, realize everyone has different strengths, and that it will all be OK.

If you could make one change to schools across the country, what would it be? 

Teachers should get paid more. Teachers who are able to invest more into their classroom and their students, create better students. Also, college should be affordable for middle-class families. The struggle is real even for a valedictorian going to an in-state university.

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