Clay Barry, Benson Digital Learning Center salutatorian, shares his education experiences.
Question: What are your parents’ names?
Answer: Jess and Amy Barry and Savanna and David Provencher
Q: Where do you live and what do you enjoy most about living in rural Arizona?
A: I live in Redington, a rural community near the San Pedro River. The greatest part about living in rural Arizona is the freedom. There’s so much to explore and so many things that very few people get to see. Also, trying to understand how the natives in the area lived and thrived in such an environment is something that I have found fascinating. During the summer, you have an abundance of fruit and vegetables to forage and enjoy, and during other seasons you will have flowers and wildlife that really show the true beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
Q: How long have you attended school in the Benson Unified School District/Benson Digital Learning Center?
A: I’ve been with the BDLC for two years, and have a 3.67 grade point average.
Q: What extracurricular activities were you involved in during high school?
A: Because I worked online through Benson Digital Learn Center, I attended fiddle contests, played at assisted living facilities and special events as a form of extracurricular activity. I play a number of instruments such as the fiddle, stand-up base and the tin whistle.
Q: What did you enjoy most about your time at BDLC?
A: I enjoyed the flexibility BDLC allowed for me while working from home.
Q: What high school memory/memories really stand out that you would like to share?
A: I attended a senior field trip to Patagonia Lake and enjoyed my time there with my peers.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I look forward to starting my own business as an historical survival instructor.
Q: What advice or words of wisdom do you have for upcoming graduates?
A: Don’t stray from yourself. The best that you can be is the person you stare at in the mirror.
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