“Never forget where you came from, and who you grew up with, regardless of how successful you become.”
With these words, the valedictorian of Pahokee Middle Senior High’s graduating class of 2013 bid farewell to his fellow seniors. The sendoff reflects the values Johmaiky Ramos holds dear, the spirit behind his success at school, the guide that propels him toward his higher education and career goals.
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Q & A
How do you feel about your role as valedictorian?
‘I’m extremely honored. I know I competed against many smart students, and I’m very honored to have been chosen.’
What are your plans for summer?
‘To go to Puerto Rico. I haven’t gone in the past four years, so I look forward to seeing my family. I have one grandmother and one grandfather, a great grandmother and aunts there.’
Academics aside, what is your big dream?
‘To travel around the world. I’d love to visit Europe in general, but I’m especially interested in Spain. I think it’s important that I learn about where my ancestors came from.’
Who’s the person you’d most like to meet?
‘U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. And I want to read her book. I plan to buy it during the summer.’