Salutatorian ready for new adventures
FARMER’S KORNER – Class of 2005 salutatorian Aaron George walked into Summit High School four years ago as a shy guy. He kept his nose to the grindstone and took life pretty seriously.But his years at SHS, packed with soccer and basketball games and a healthy dose of honors classes, have mellowed him so that he’s ready to leave Summit County with confidence and poise.”I’ve grown up, and I’m more personable,” George said. “I realized I don’t have to worry as much. I still get everything done, but without feeling a lot of pressure. I think it’s important to find happiness and meaning in your life, and everybody does it in their own way.”
Much of George’s happiness as a Tiger came from athletics, where he was as much a leader on the court and the field as in the academic halls. He served as co-captain of the soccer team and earned all-conference honors.”I’m really a hard worker in practices. It was important for me to stay devoted and committed,” he said.In the classroom, George’s interests have followed those of his parents, both doctors.”I’m really interested in the sciences, especially biology. I’m really fascinated by the way the world works. Evolution is really interesting to me.”
He’s weighing the possibility of continuing his focus on the sciences at the University of Arizona next year, but he’s also interested in exploring film studies and business.”I’m getting kind of tired of winter, so I’m looking forward to getting out of the state for a change of scenery. And Summit County is kind of small and sheltered, so I also like the idea of a big-campus social atmosphere.”I’m excited to go out into the world and see what I become. The things that make me excited about it are the same things that make me nervous. It’s going to be a whole different lifestyle.”
But George’s laid-back demeanor seems an insurance policy against letting his nerves get in the way.”Work your hardest, and strive to be the best you can be. Find your passions, and that’s where you’ll find success and happiness.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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