Raegen Hofstetter 2023 Salutatorian

πŸŽ“#7 Salutatorian- Raegen Hofstetter

 Next Steps: Oklahoma State University

 Field of Studies: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 Zebra Since: PreK

πŸ”΄ What advice you would give your freshman self? I would tell my Freshman self that everything does get better and to keep pushing. Although the few years of COVID were hard, everything works out in the end.

πŸ”΄ What has this journey taught you about yourself? I have learned that I love to push myself and experience new things. I’ve also learned how important it is to relax and have fun.

πŸ”΄ What does this accomplishment mean to you?  This accomplishment proves to me that my hard work has paid off, and motivates me to keep striving for excellence.

πŸ”΄ Looking back on your school experience at CPS what does being a Zebra mean to you? Being a Zebra means being committed to excellence and community. I will miss the friends I made here and I can’t wait to see how the school grows.

πŸ”΄ What staff member impacted your life most and how in elementary school? Mrs. Hodges, my 5th grade teacher at Claremont Elementary, greatly impacted me. She always allowed me to explore my interests and encouraged me to push myself.

πŸ”΄ What staff member impacted your life most and how in junior high? My WRJH band directors, Mr. Curran and Mr. Mudd, showed me how fun music can be. They taught me the benefits of hard work, practice, and dedication to the things you love doing.

πŸ”΄ What staff member impacted your life most and how in high school?  Mr. Isenbart at CHS has impacted me most in High School. He has been my robotics instructor for years and taught me much. I learned the things I love in his classes and he has always given me the freedom to be creative.

πŸ”΄ What is the ONE thing you absolutely take with you to college? Taking my car to college will probably be helpful.

πŸ”΄ What activities you have been involved in? Jazz Band, Marching Band, TSA, Robotics, Concurrent, AP / Pre-AP Programs. 

πŸ”΄ What was the hardest part (challenges) you had to overcome to achieve this honor? The hardest challenge I had to overcome was staying motivated. Staying focused on my goals has helped me achieve great things.

πŸ”΄ What are you most proud of in your high school career? I am most proud of making Academic All-State and successfully involving myself in Oklahoma State’s on-campus programs. I feel I have set myself up for a great first year in college.

πŸ”΄ Awards / Honors / Scholarships

Scholarships: Academic All-State, College of Engineering Architecture and Technology Scholar, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Automatic Qualifier, T.D. Williamson Engineering Scholarship, Freshman Research Scholarship

Z-Awards: REC Foundation Leadership Award, AP Scholar, National Recognition Rural & Small Town Award, Oklahoma Honor Society, Elks Fine Arts Award