Bishop England High School's best in the classroom have been rightfully recognized. Curious as to what makes these scholars stand out? Valedictorian Crista Vroman and salutatorian Grace Ann Carlson share their secrets to success and talk about the journey it's taken to get there.

Crista Vroman — Valedictorian

1.    How old are you?

18 years old

2.    What are your post-graduation plans?

After graduation, I plan to work over the summer. In the fall, I will be attending Duke University where I plan to double major in chemistry and Spanish. My long-term plans are to become a doctor.

3.    What is the secret to being at the top of your class?

I wouldn’t say there is a specific secret. For me, the key was to work as hard as possible and study as much as I could. I always loved learning, so studying a lot was never a problem for me.

4.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

By the time I was in second grade, I knew I wanted to go to Duke be a doctor.

5.    Now what do you hope to do?

I still want to be a doctor, but even more specifically I want to be a surgeon.

6.    What do you like to do outside of school?

Outside of school, I like to spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy reading, traveling, and working, specifically tutoring children.

7.    What has been your favorite thing about high school?

My favorite thing about high school has been the friendships and memories that will carry on long after high school is over.

8.    What is one thing you would like to change about your high school?

I would have changed the amount of pressure that is put on high school students. Everyone is expected to do extracurriculars, get amazing grades, do well on the SAT/ACT, participate in sports or part time jobs, take AP courses, and apply to difficult colleges.

9.    What are you most looking forward to after graduation?

I am looking forward to the college and starting a new chapter in my life. Specifically, I am looking forward to new friendships and memories and Duke basketball games.

10.  What personal quality has been most helpful in achieving your success?

I am incredibly competitive and I think that the inner desire to do well is what pushed me to want to be top in the class and constantly get the best grades possible. 

Grace Ann Carlson − Salutatorian

1. How old are you?

I am 18 years old.

2. What are your post-graduation plans?

I plan to attend MIT in the fall.

3. What is the secret to being at the top of your class?

The secret to being at the top of my class is to really pay attention when the teacher is talking. Listening to what the teacher is saying and taking notes at the same gets the information you’re learning in your brain twice.

4. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor. But I realized I’m afraid of blood, so I decided that would not be the greatest idea.

5. Now what do you hope to do?

Now I hope to be an international civil rights lawyer.

6. What do you like to do outside of school?

Outside of school, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I love to read and hang out at the beach.

7. What has been your favorite thing about high school?

My favorite thing about high school has been the people I have met throughout my 4 years, including my classmates and teachers.

8. What is one thing you would like to change about your high school?

One thing I would like to change about my high school is that we could have more shoe options, like tennis shoes or Converse or Wallabies or clogs if you still wanted to wear them.

9. What are you most looking forward to after graduation?

I am most looking forward to being able to relax and destress and enjoy the time I have with my friends and family before I head to Boston.

10. What personal quality has been most helpful in achieving your success?

The personal quality that has been the most helpful in achieving my success is my dedication, not only to school, but also to my family and those who have supported me along the way.