Talbot, Bivin top scholars in CHS Class of 2007
Some students can only wish for a semester with all A's and one B, but Ashley Bivin regrets it now.
That B - earned in freshman science and the only one she has ever gotten at Coronado High School - turned out to be the difference between her being salutatorian and classmate Lindsay Talbot the valedictorian for the Class of 2007.
“I shouldn't have been screwing off,” Ashley commented with a rueful smile in an interview this week.
Lindsay, who garnered nothing but A's in her four-year Coronado career, had a grade-point average of 4.67, compared with Ashley's 4.64. Their grades are higher than 4.0 because of the extra value given to honors classes, which both of them took.
The two friends agreed they had “some good battles,” academically speaking, during their tenure. They will represent their class of 2007 at the graduation ceremonies Tuesday, May 22 at the World Arena.
No one can say either girl did so well because all they did was study. Both had full extracurricular schedules, including sports (both on the tennis team), choir, drama and involvement with the Future Educators of America (FEA) group.
Lindsay was also involved with soup kitchen volunteering and the Pikes Peak Youth Council, while Ashley competed in several other sports and was active in her church.
The girls' parents - which each credited with guiding them forward - are David and Kelly Talbot and Chris and Jeanna Bivin.
Both girls are considering careers as teachers. Geographically, their lives will be diverging soon, however. They plan to attend different colleges - CU Boulder for Lindsay and Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., for Ashley.
Lindsay's half-siblings, Aaron and Sarah Hutten (Class of '01 and '03, respectively,) previously attended Coronado. Ashley's older brother Brian graduated from CHS in '04 and is now attending Whitworth.
The Westside Pioneer asked five questions of each of the two scholars: 1) Name your high school activities and distinctions; 2) What are your post-high school plans? 3) Who do you credit for helping you attain your high level of achievement? 4) What was your most valuable high school experience? 5) What's the secret(s) for getting good grades?
Activities/distinctions: Soup kitchen, tennis, choir, musicals, FEA, PPYC, National Honor Society.
Post-high school: CU Boulder - writing, editing, teaching, Broadway dream.
Credit: My teachers have had the uncanny ability to extract my potential and make me use it.
Valuable experience: Two teachers - Darin Smith and Patty DesRochers.
Good-grade secrets: Want them! That, and breathe. I definitely had to learn to let go of worry. Embrace the B [on a paper or test during a semester] and get an A next time.
Activities/distinctions: Praise band, choir and youth group at First Presbyterian Church; tennis (champions), diving and gymnastics; National Honor Society (vice-president); FEA; Future Business Leaders of America; choir; musicals.
Post-high school: Whitworth College, with the goal of teaching internationally in mission schools.
Credit: Teachers Darin Smith and Brent Urban; and my parents.
Valuable experience: Tennis, gymnastics, diving.
Good-grade secrets: Go into high school with foresight and find the competitive drive to want to be the best, and be busy.
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