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Volunteering at Riley Hospital helped shape salutatorian

Dropping from the top of the class to No. 2 isn’t bothering Center Grove High School’s salutatorian because she’s happier with the memories she made than her final ranking.

Instead of piling on as many honors classes as she could, Erica McGraw decided instead to lighten her homework load as an upperclassman, take some electives she was interested in and have more time for friends and family.

She didn’t have to worry about studying for another test while she was out on trips with her youth group. She could spend Friday night attending football games and hanging out with friends, instead of getting a jump on her weekend homework. And she had the time to attend homecoming events because her schedule wasn’t overloaded.

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