Wando High School's best in the classroom have been rightfully recognized. Curious as to what makes these scholars stand out? Valedictorian Allison Fister and salutatorian Jack Johnson share their secrets to success and talk about the journey it's taken to get there.

Allison Fister — Valedictorian

1. How old are you?

18.

2. What are your post-graduation plans?

I’ll be attending the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.

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

I don’t think there’s really any secret, but if anything I suppose you have to be creative. There’s a lot to do and time is always limited, so you have to be strategic with both your priorities and the way in which you get things done.

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

I really wanted to be a detective. Nancy Drew and her PC mystery games inspired me.

5. Now what do you hope to do?

I’m not really sure, but I hope to ultimately do something that can make people happy. I feel that developing systems and technologies is one way to make a great positive impact.

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

Spend time with my family and friends and try new things with them.

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

The people that I’ve come to know and the memories that I’ve made with them.

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

I had to take the bus for most of my four years and that was always a struggle. I know that Wando doesn’t have control over many of the busing issues, but it would be nice if transportation to and from school wasn’t something to worry about.

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

I’m really excited to meet new people, find and develop new interests and have really great experiences over the next few years and beyond.

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

Optimism - it’s given me the hope needed to push through challenges and failures.

Jack Johnson — Salutatorian

1. How old are you?

18 years old.

2. What are your post-graduation plans?

I will be attending Princeton University in the fall.

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

Time management and efficiency is definitely what allowed me to fit all of my extracurricular into a normal school day. Using down time in classes or time between classes to finish homework allows for more free time at home.

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

As a kid, I wanted to be a train conductor.

5. Now what do you hope to do?

After college, I hope to attend graduate school and eventually end up in finance, academia or a think tank.

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

Outside of school I enjoy reading, video games and playing my saxophone.

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

My favorite thing about high school has been the ability to better identify my interests through Wando’s breadth of available classes.

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

I wish the school would give more recognition and support to the nationally-ranked band program.

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

After graduating, I am enjoying multiple jazz camps and looking forward to meeting people in college.

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

My efficiency is the quality that has helped me most. It is not about working longer hours so much as getting more into each hour.