MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Janneke Gielstra, 17
It’s been a busy four years for Janneke Gielstra, Lake Worth High School’s valedictorian. She maintained a straight-A average, kept the number one class ranking all four years, and still managed to excel in theater, art, band and student government.
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What are your hobbies?
I read a lot, bake elaborate cakes, I like band and listening to music and working in theater — especially the tech side.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Tamora Pierce, my favorite author.
Who is someone who inspired you?
Damien, my friend who died from acute lymphoblastic leukemia when I was in seventh grade. He knew he was dying when he came home from the hospital, but he still wanted friends to come over and have fun.
What do you do when you want to get away from it all?
I read. Reading is like going into another world.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Getting a full ride to college.
Is there a time in history you wish you could have witnessed?
The French Revolution — because “Les Misérables” is my favorite musical and I’d like to see what really happened.
Is there something about you that would surprise others?
Before fifth grade you couldn’t pay me to read. I hated it. Then I started reading books and I really liked it.