The top two graduates for the 2013 senior class at Tomball High School have many things in common – extracurricular activities, grades, friends and they both attribute their success to one thing – hard work.
Rachel Mai and Amy Shaklovitz have been named as the top performers in their senior class of nearly 700 graduates. The pair are involved in numerous activities at the school, as well as in the community.
Mai and Shaklovitz sat down for an interview recently and here are their responses.
Q: What are your plans for college?
Amy: "I am going to Texas A&M. I'll be a general engineering major and after I complete my basics, I'm going to switch to petroleum engineering."
Rachel: "I am planning to go to the University of Houston and I'll be classified as a biology major. Hopefully, I'll be done with everything in three years and then I'm going to apply to dental school – the UT dental branch in Houston."
Q: What activities did you participate in while at Tomball?
Amy: "All four years I played volleyball and golf my freshman year. I did tennis my sophomore, junior, and senior years. I've been in National Honor Society, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), Senior Girls and Spanish Honor Society."
Rachel: "I've been in Student Council and I've participated in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) for three years. I really enjoy HOSA because I want to work in the medical field. I've also been in National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. I also volunteer at a Vietnamese school in Houston."
Q: What advice would you give to younger students?
Amy: "I would tell them it's important to start early and keep up with your work."
Rachel: "I would tell them to have good time management and know how to use your time wisely and balance your school work and activities after school. I would also say to stay drug free and have fun."
Q: What will you take with you as you graduate from high school?
Amy: "The friendships. Being on teams in school I have made good friends and I know I'll keep up with them in college. Being on a team you really get to know each other and you get close."
Rachel: "Definitely, prom was memorable. Hanging out with friends at prom and project prom was great. It was magical like a dream come true."