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Ingalls-Christina Wyatt

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

Class of 2012 co-salutatorian Christina Wyatt has some advice for incoming freshmen at Ingalls High School.

"Work hard, get involved in activities, but most of all, enjoy everything because it will be over sooner than you think, trust me," she wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram.

The lifelong Ingalls student leaves Ingalls High School with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.98 and a bevy of honors, including three years in National Honor Society, four years on the A Honor Roll, perfect attendance, KU Honor Scholar, Exemplary State Reading Assessments and Kansas Regents Curriculum.

In addition to being part of the yearbook staff and Kansas Association for Youth, Wyatt has been active in athletics at Ingalls High School. She finished her four years on both the volleyball and basketball teams as co-captain, ran track for four years and spent a year on the school's dance team.

It is perhaps fitting, then, that Wyatt's fondest memory came from her junior year at sub-state basketball, when her team was the school's first girls basketball team in 27 years to go that far, and beat their main rival.

"The whole gym was cheering, and the adrenaline rush was awesome," she wrote. "Going to state again this year just added to the memorable factor, and my team, I wouldn't trade for anything."

Wyatt wrote that she enjoyed all her classes, but chemistry was her favorite because her teacher, Mr. Beery, "always knew how to explain it to where I could comprehend it." And, of course, "the experiments were also really awesome."

Confident in her problem-solving and communication skills, she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management, first at Garden City Community College and then at Fort Hays State University.

Wyatt hopes her classmates remember her as "the girl who always wanted to have fun, but could achieve any task when put to the test."

"I want my classmates to look back at high school and smile, thinking to themselves, 'She was crazy, but it worked for her.'"

And her advice to her fellow graduates?

"Make memories, because we now see how fast time flies," she wrote. "We don't want to look back in 10 years and say to ourselves, 'I wish,' or 'what if?' Live so you won't have any regrets."

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