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Citrus High's top seniors ready to take on the world

By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 26, 2000


INVERNESS -- The Citrus High School Class of 2000 has two valedictorians, Diego Madrigal III and Kacie Whaley. The two salutatorians are Kelly Gates and Amy Hanlon.

Madrigal, 17, plans to attend the University of Florida to study microbiology and cell science as a premed major. He hopes someday to be a neurosurgeon.

He has been very active at Citrus High. He was a member of the Biology Club, Computer Club, chorus, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Mu Alpha Theta and the Spanish Club. He was on the yearbook staff and the newspaper staff and played varsity tennis. Madrigal was a spelling bee and math field day winner. His grade point average is 4.48. He was a member of the Citrus County All-Star Academic Team.

Madrigal said he would like to live in Orlando or New York City. He is the son of Diego and Isabel Madrigal of Inverness.

Whaley, 17, plans to attend Palm Beach Atlantic College to study music education. She hopes to be a music teacher or professor.

She was in the marching band, the concert band, chorus, chamber choir and Breez, the school dancing and singing group. She served on the Teen Court of Citrus County, was on Student Council as a junior, and was in the National Honor Society and Beta Club. She was on the academic team for two years and was in her church's youth group. Her grade point average is 4.34. She is also Miss Citrus County.

She hasn't decided where she would like to live someday, saying, rather, she'll go "wherever God takes me." She is the daughter of Chris and Verna Whaley of Citrus Springs.

Gates, 18, plans to attend Florida State University to study psychology. She hopes one day to be a child psychologist.

While in high school, she stayed busy with Beta Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club, chorus and Breez. She also has volunteered to work with horses and the disabled.

Her grade point average is 3.97, and she is the daughter of Kathleen Gates of Inverness and Thomas Gates of Floral City.

Hanlon, 18, plans to attend the University of Miami to study music education and music therapy. She isn't sure what she wants to do with her degree, but she said she wants to have a positive effect on people's lives.

Her involvement at school included being vice president of Interact and editor of the yearbook. She was in National Honor Society and has already earned 30 college credits. She was president of chorus and served as an accompanist. She was also a member of Breez. Her grade point average is 4.32.

Hanlon said she would like to stay in Florida because of its warm climate. She is the daughter of Ricky and Theresa Hanlon of Inverness.

Another notable student at Citrus High is Herbert Wesley "Wes" Davis III. The 18-year-old received a four-year ROTC scholarship to the University of Central Florida for $55,000. He plans to study engineering and would like to be a pilot.

He was active with football and weightlifting and was in ROTC, Key Club and National Honor Society. He also has been active in his church.

His grade point average is 3.72, and he is the son of Deborah and Herb Davis of Inverness.

If you go

Citrus High School will have its graduation at 7 tonight in the stadium. The school is at 600 W Highland Blvd., Inverness.

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