#1 Valedictorian -Zette Erwin
Next Steps: Rogers State University
Field of Studies: Biology
🔴 What advice you would give your freshman self? To see the bigger picture of life and not worry so much about the little things.
🔴 What has this journey taught you about yourself? This journey has taught me to genuinely care about others. In the end, it's other people that matter, not my own desires.
🔴 Looking back on your school experience at CPS what does being a Zebra mean to you? Being a Zebra means that you will always belong to something no matter what.
🔴 What staff member made the biggest impact on your life and how in elementary school? Ms. Nicks made the biggest impact on my life. She cared so much and was such a bright light to be around. Easily my favorite elementary teacher and I am so thankful for her still today.
🔴 What staff member made the biggest impact on your life and how in junior high? Mrs. Woods made the biggest impact on my life in junior high. She taught math extremely well and always made me feel like I belonged.
🔴 What staff member made the biggest impact on your life and how in high school? The high school teachers that have made the biggest impact on my life are Mr. Riggs, Coach Talbert, and Coach Jahn. Mr. Riggs believes in every single student he has. He has made such an impact on me as a student and a person. Coach Talbert and Jahn have been amazing mentors to me throughout these last four years. They have taught me so much, and I am so grateful for the support and guidance they have given me.
🔴 What is the ONE thing you absolutely take with you to college? My hairdryer.
🔴 What is the ONE thing you absolutely take with you to college? My cat.
🔴 What activities you have been involved in? Academic Team, Athletics (Soccer), Chemistry Club, FCA, National Honor Society, Red Army, and Young Republicans.
🔴 What was the hardest part (challenges) you had to overcome to achieve this honor? The hardest part was trying to balance everything. I was always taking multiple weighted classes, and at times it felt like I could not devote enough of my time to these difficult classes. Another hard thing was having to sacrifice fun things, and instead work extremely hard to achieve my goals.
🔴 What are you most proud of in your high school career? I am most proud of getting to be the captain of the high school team. I feel like this is where I got to give back the most. Claremore Lady Zebra Soccer will always be a part of me. I love the girls like they are family, and I would do anything for them. It was an honor to get to lead these girls for the last 2 years, and I will forever be grateful for this team.
🔴 Awards / Honors / Scholarships
Outstanding Student Award in Honors Algebra 3, Pre-AP Calculus, and Honors Principles of Biomedical Science. Z-award in Geometry and AP Government and Politics. 2x Defensive Player of the Year, All-District Junior year. Scholar Athlete of the Year(Elks). President Leadership Class at Rogers State University; Elks Scholarship and Rotary Scholarship.