The 17-year-old soon-to-be graduate from Reed High School wasn’t afraid to work hard for her Advanced Placement courses, was a ballet dancer, completed an internship in pathology and is co-valedictorian this year with a 5.1 grade point average.
Unlike graduates who dream of big colleges, she has plans to go to a small school next fall, the Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., where she intends to major in biochemistry and molecular biology.
“I picked a couple of colleges based on location and prestige,” Vine said, “but not a super-high college because I don’t want too much pressure.”
But she may be able to handle a little pressure judgding by her impressive high school career. She took Advanced Placement English (twice), Spanish, chemistry, government, history and calculus, and she is very much driven to achieve her best.
Vine’s parents both went to college and set high standards for her, she said. They motivated her to do well by helping her with homework and encouraging her to get the highest grades possible.
She said she will miss their support and living at home.
“What I’m going to miss about high school is having familiar classes and everything being in one place,” she said. “I don’t have the best sense of direction in finding my way around.”
When she wasn’t acing her classes, she was dancing until it came time for her to take AP courses.
“I danced ballet all the time, but then AP classes interfered,” she said.
She took an internship at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center to learn about pathology, in which she shadowed employees and read medical textbooks to enhance her knowledge of biology.
“When they showed me a specimen, it made school seem more useful and it motivated me,” Vine said.
College seems to be more appealing than high school to the teen.
“I’m looking forward to the fact that when you go to college, it counts,” she said. “In high school, you take what’s required, but in college, you can take the things that you want to count toward the future.”