Top two students stay busyPublished 9:28pm Thursday, May 10, 2012
Brandywine co-valedictorians Angelika Anderson and Alex Reichanadter have been involved in several clubs and extracurricular activities in high school.
So it is surprising that both had the same answer when asked what they would change about their high school experience: They wish they’d been more involved.
“I would have done more,” Anderson said. “There are so many things I wish I had taken advantage of. That, and take harder curriculum.”
“I would’ve tried to play a few more sports, be a bit more active in the community,” Reichanadter said. “Maybe try joining Big Brothers Big Sisters. I would’ve enjoyed that.”
Even so, both will graduate high school with strong resumes.
Anderson, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, was president of the National Honor Society and student council, captain of the soccer team and member of the history, science and business clubs.
She even spent three months in Spain last summer perfecting her Spanish.
“Before I went, I could speak and understand, but I had to think about it,” Anderson said. “Now, I can talk more without thinking as much, and I can say what I want to say.”
Anderson, who will study linguistics at the University of Michigan, plans to use her Spanish to aid others.
“I’d like to go overseas and help with any relief there may be out there, helping out with language differences. I want to use my Spanish as a bridge,” she said.
Reichanadter maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, the history and engineering clubs and the school’s bowling a track teams.
He plans on studying chemical engineering and computer science at Michigan Tech University and someday working in the field of green energy.
“It has always interested me,” he said.
Anderson said the keys to making the most out of high school were staying motivated and disciplined.
Reichanadter encouraged other students to stay active.
“You really want to try and join as many clubs as possible because they look good on your resume when you are applying for college,” he said. “There are also organizations outside of school you can take part in.”
Both will be receiving their diplomas at Brandywine High School graduation June 3.