Annelise Pauroso, Marah Pauroso and Sophia Sperber are Teton High School’s top graduates for the 2018/2019 school year. These three students will be speaking at graduation on Friday evening at the high school gymnasium reflecting on their educational careers and encouraging their fellow students as they all take bigger steps into the world.
“Today is my last Tuesday and I just realized that a couple of hours ago,” said Sperber this week of the remaining days of high school. “This is something I was doing for 12 years and it will end in a week. This is something that was such a big part of my life and now its ending — even if it just high school.”
The weight of these last few days are met with anticipation for what the future holds after diplomas are handed out. Sperber is planning on attending Utah State in the fall and will study Human Biology in the hopes of entering the field of medicine. The Pauroso twins are taking a gap year, working toward saving for college, spending a little more time with family before they jump into their collegiate careers. Each has been accepted to the Honors College at Boise State.
All three students credit the rigor of their academic programs they were each afforded at the high school. Annelise and Marah talked at length about taking dual credit courses for college and advanced placement courses that challenged them in many different ways.
“I never thought I would be at the top of the class, said Marah. “ It was a shock when I was in the top of the class. I worked toward doing my best and having those opportunities meant everything. Once I came to high school, I put myself in AP classes. The stuff that’s offered here (at the high school) meant everything.”
Annelise agreed with her sister.
“I think that education is so much more than just a grade. My parents encouraged me to understand the material I was being offered. Grades just reflected this personal initiative to understand. It is an honor to be here.”
Each student credited various teachers along the way who inspired and pushed them including Diane Green, Neil Gleichman, Sarah Montesono and Jason Ruff. The students noted that has they ascended in classes moving from introduction courses to AP classes, their relationships with their teachers changed too. Annelise enjoyed having access to teachers and found that the more curious she was, the more she would glean from the classroom.
“The biggest thing to be successful is doing the work and asking questions,” said Annelise. “I don’t consider myself smart, I just do my work.”
“Yes!” said Marah, “That’s the biggest thing— asking questions. That’s what I do well in class.”
Sperber added that the strictest teachers were the best teachers. She said not only did they teach the content of the class, but helped her learn how to best manage her time and set expectations early to meet goals.
Graduation is at 7 p.m. on Friday May 31. Cameron Birch will give the invocation.