Academic excellence is a family affair for Santaluces valedictorian


MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Edwin Ross II, 18 

High academic honors and striving for success is a family affair for Santaluces High School valedictorian Edwin Ross II.

He shares academic excellence and a drive to be the best with his mother, Shelia Ross, and his sister, Evelyn. Ross said his success is like a “running joke” with in the family because he always has tried to be like the two women who have inspired him.

“I was excited (finding out that I was valedictorian) because it was a goal I’ve been working towards all throughout high school,” he said. “My sister graduated in 2013, and she was the valedictorian of her class. And my mom was the valedictorian of her class.”

Ross said his father, the elder Edwin Ross, has also helped and inspired him to be a better athlete and man. “While my mom was more on the academic side, my dad was more on the athletic side,” he said. “So any training that I needed, anything that I need to be a better basketball player and track runner, he always helped me with that.”

Ross, who lives in Lake Worth, said he was always expected to do well in school so he could attend college. “It became like a habit to focus on school and put school above everything else.”

Ross’ favorite subject is English because he likes to write and enjoys public speaking. In addition, he is involved with a number of extra curricular activities including being the senior class president, SGA treasurer, as well as being on the Science National Honors Society, National Honors Society, National English Honors Society (treasurer), boys varsity basketball team (captain) and track team (co-captain).

Ross said his biggest accomplishment was getting a sizable jump on college education by taking advantage of a dual-enrollment program.

“Getting my associate’s degree from Palm Beach State College was (significant) because I’ve been taking a full load at Santaluces as well,” he said. “I could have earned this degree in December, but they wouldn’t let me walk because I have to have a high school diploma before I can have a college (degree).”

His biggest challenge is being involved with various activities, as well as academics, and time management.

“Trying to find time for sports as well as trying to find time to study and do all of your work so you can be really good in the classroom (is difficult),” he said. “There are days when I get close to no sleep at all. And that makes it harder to concentrate in class and do well in practice, but I’ve been able to manage it pretty well I think.”

Ross plans on attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., in the fall to study business with a focus on pre-law. He says after that, he will go to law school and aspires to become a corporate attorney.

And one day, he hopes to be in a position where he can give back to the community. “I want to help others in anyway that I can,” he said



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