Palmetto Christian Academy's best in the classroom have been rightfully recognized. Curious as to what makes these scholars stand out? Valedictorian Abby Landfried and salutatorian Sarah Spivey share their secrets to success and talk about the journey it's taken to get there.

Abby Landfried — Valedictorian

1. How old are you?

I am 18 years old.

2. What are your post-graduation plans?

I’m attending Wofford College and plan to double major in English and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience.

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

Sleeping! I always hear people talk about pulling all-nighters to study, but I’ve never done that. I know my limits and decide to sleep instead.

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

This fluctuated practically by the day. I specifically remember wanting to be an artist, an author, an actress and an inventor.

5. Now what do you hope to do?

As of right now, I’m considering teaching secondary education English and writing or becoming a neurologic physical therapist.

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

I’ve played soccer since I was in first grade, so it’s definitely one of my favorite hobbies. I also really enjoy painting, drawing, hiking and reading.

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

I loved the mentorships I was able to form with my teachers. They truly made high school such a great experience.

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

A vending machine or two wouldn’t hurt.

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

I’m excited to spend summer with my friends and family before I move to Spartanburg.

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

I think me always wanting to see a task completed has driven me to always finish what I start to the best of my ability.

Sarah Spivey — Salutatorian

1. How old are you?

I’m 17 years old

2. What are your post-graduation plans?

I plan on attending Wofford College to studying Chemistry and possibly Biology as well.

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

I would say hard work. I’m not super smart or anything, but I was diligent, I worked hard and did my best. 

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

I wanted to be a flight attendant, then a painter, then a sheet-rock worker, then many many other things. I was very indecisive. 

5. Now what do you hope to do?

I’m not entirely sure career wise what I want to do, but I do know that I want to help people with whatever success I may achieve. It’s always been my passion to help the less fortunate, especially in regards to education since I was in the same situation. So I hope to help others in that same circumstance. 

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

I love playing soccer, making music and going to the beach. 

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

My favorite thing was the people. I know it is quite cliche of me to say that, but at my school I was surrounded by some truly incredible teachers and friends and they’re what made my high school experience so wonderful. 

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

I would want there to be more school spirit. There's been a growth in school spirit since I first started attending PCA, but I would like to see even more growth. School spirit and having something to be proud of makes high school so much more fun and makes the school better. 

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

I’m looking forward to the new challenges that will arise in college. I feel that I’ve hit a sort of rut here by being in the same routine for four years, as many freshly graduated high school students do. So I’m excited to embark on a new path. 

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

I would say my persistence. I have this thing where once I start something, I cannot stop or quit until I’ve finished because I’m so stubborn. Often, this is detrimental to me, but in academics it has proven to be useful.