Track Star Rebecca Thompson: In the Running for Valedictorian

Lauren Williamson, Staff Writer

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Rebecca Thompson isn’t your average senior at Hylton. She participates in many activities in and outside of school from being in the George Mason’s Early Identification Program and National Honor Society to running track. She is also in the running for valedictorian for the class of 2018.  

When asked how she felt about being in the running for the title she said, “I was actually really surprised! I’d known that I had been getting straight A’s all of my life, but I never actually thought that it would translate into me becoming a possible valedictorian.”

You would think that with so much on her plate she would struggle with her classes and activities, but for Thompson that’s not the case. She expressed that she has a strong support system at school that helps her balance her grades and activities outside of school. She also makes sure she plans out her day down to the minute so she stays on top of her schedule. Thompson’s advice for fellow students is to “stay motivated and advocate for yourself.”

With her heavy workload one can only wonder how she manages to stay motivated. Thompson said she is driven by how much her mother works and dedicates her time to help her in school. Working hard has always been one of Thompson’s best qualities. “I will always be a hard-working individual because I’ve conditioned myself to be this way,” said Thompson.  

With senior year coming to a close, Thompson has many plans for her future in college. She has been accepted to University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University and James Madison University. Down the road she wants to pursue law and aspires to be a lawyer for juvenile delinquents and disadvantaged people.

 

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