Bunting, Cartwright lead Frenship High School class of 2012
The valedictorian and salutatorian of Frenship High School’s class of 2012 have been named, but both are staying serious about studying to the end.
Valedictorian Hanna Bunting said she is still working on math problems in anticipation of a test at Texas A&M that could allow her to move straight into advanced classes, while salutatorian Sean Cartwright seemed eager to get back to chemistry classes Tuesday even though most of his tests are over.
Bunting first became aware of the existence of valedictorians as a middle school student attending a relative’s graduation.
But it wasn’t until after class rankings were announced in her sophomore year that she made it a goal to aim for the No. 1 slot academically.
“I focused on the possibility,” she said. “I’ve been No. 1 since all throughout high school.”
Being named valedictorian, she said, was relieving and exciting at the same time.
Bunting said it wasn’t so much her parents ever pushed her to be valedictorian, but they pushed her to be her very best.
“I guess in my house or within my family, it was always assumed that the only acceptable behavior was my very best,” Bunting said. “Being valedictorian was a result of that, was a result of trying hard.”
Soon Bunting will be moving on to Texas A&M, where she will major in biomedical engineering and, possibly, pre-med.
“Every since I was little, I wanted to be a doctor, but I love math and science,” she said.
After touring the labs at A&M, she fell in love with biomedical engineering as a major, she said.
“I wanted to go to A&M since my freshman year. I love the Aggie spirit and the academic environment,” Bunting said.
Her favorite course at FHS was anatomy, “but I also liked all the math classes I took.”
Bunting said her least favorite classes were English because she does not like to analyze literature or to write.
Her favorite memory of high school was going to state in academic UIL twice, she said.
In her spare time, she works as a waitress at Ruby Tequila’s, enjoys the youth group at Wolfforth United Methodist Church and has played piano for 13 years. She also recently took up guitar.
Cartwright said it wasn’t until his senior year when he realized he was ranked fourth in the class of 2012, that he put the burners on to see if he could rank a bit higher.
“It wasn’t even a goal until I saw it was possible,” he said. “I would have been fine at No. 3 or 4, but the effort I put forth got me here.”
He also has a motto to work at anything he does.
“If you’re going to do anything, do it well,” Cartwright said.
He said his parents never particularly pushed him.
“I would say early on, they said, ‘Just do your best,’” Cartwright said, adding that they sometimes seemed surprised at his best. “I’ve always had their support, but they were not always the driving force.”
Cartwright said most classes were not really difficult; there was no one class that made him work harder than others. But he said he didn’t really care for business classes.
His favorite class during high school was Connie Pfanmiller’s junior Advanced Placement English course.
One of his favorite memories of his time at FHS was time spend on tennis trips, hanging out with his teammates outside of an official school setting.
He hopes to continue with intramural tennis when he attends Vanderbilt next fall. He plans to major in engineering there.
Although Cartwright said Vanderbilt wasn’t his first choice of schools, it has a really beautiful campus.
“They’re known for their engineering,” he said.
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