Matthew is MFL MarMac valedictorian
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The MFL MarMac Class of 2014 valedictorian is Bryce Matthew, son of Darren and Christy Matthew, of Marquette.
Bryce has been a strong student throughout high school. Holding the number one ranking through all but one quarter, he said he knew he had a shot at becoming valedictorian.
Bryce said MFL MarMac has provided him with a lot of opportunities to succeed in life after high school. He’s taken over half a dozen college prep classes this year and said Mr. Thompson has helped with paper writing.
The story-go-rounds (one student starts a paper, then passes it around to other students, with each contributing a part) in Thompson’s class is one thing Bryce said he’ll miss most about high school.
“Academically, I think I made the most of [high school],” Bryce said. “You have to make the most of it on your own. You can skate by and come out with a meaningless diploma, but if you want it to mean anything, you have to do more than that.”
Bryce plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in actuarial science. The career idea came about his sophomore year in Mrs. Rothmeyer’s math class, when she mentioned that she and a friend had the same degree, but that he was making a six figure salary as an actuary.
“I like math, but I don’t really like kids, so it’s a perfect fit,” said Bryce.
Moving from high school to college, Bryce said he looks forward to a less structured life.
“In high school, you have seven classes a day, with three minutes to get there. They want you to sit down and read a book and spit it out on paper or fill in the blanks. Then you go home and your parents ask if you did your homework.”
Bryce said getting away from that routine and having a class one or two days per week will be more enjoyable.
Although he understands there will be some more difficult classes, and that he’ll have to take up to calculus 3 for his major, Bryce said he’s not too worried about the college workload.
“Every level, teachers tell you it’s going to be so difficult,” he explained. “High school wasn’t so difficult. You can make it as easy as you want. [In college], you just do whatever to the best of your abilities. There’s no point in worrying about something you can’t fix.”