Oceanside Collegiate Academy's best in the classroom have been rightfully recognized. Curious as to what makes these scholars stand out? Valedictorian Riley Bachmann shares her secrets to success and talks about the journey it's taken to get there. Salutatorian Lauren Evans Riesberg respectfully declined to participate in the following questionnaire.

Riley Bachmann — Valedictorian

1. How old are you?

I am 17 years old.

2. What are your post-graduation plans?

After graduation, I am attending University of South Carolina and participating in their honors college and Air Force ROTC.

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

I don’t have any specific secret, but being dedicated to bettering yourself in your studies and work ethic helps a lot.

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

When I was little, I wanted to be a bunch of different things. I think at one point I wanted to be a chef.

5. Now what do you hope to do?

Now, I hope to become a doctor in the Air Force; however, I don’t know what specific field I want to go in yet.

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

Outside of school, I love to hang out with my friends. Whether that be going to the beach or sitting and talking for hours.

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

My favorite thing about high school has been lacrosse. I started playing lacrosse my sophomore year and it has brought amazing people into my life.

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

I love Oceanside and the thing I would want to change is out of the school’s control. I hope one day every student will be full of school spirit and participate in every event that the school works hard to put on.

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

I’m nervous for what will happen after graduation because it is unknown. But at the same time, the unknown is exciting. I’m looking forward to meeting new people in college and figuring out the rest of my life.

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

A quality that has been most important in my success is my self-discipline. I follow a routine, whether that be in studying or my work/sport schedules and repeating these disciplines and habits consistently leads to success.