FLVS Full Time Class of 2016: Bridget Forster
This article was originally written and published in the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click.
FLVS Full Time Senior Class President, Bridget Forster, had a senior year that consisted of international tennis competitions and receiving the prestigious Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship Award, all while maintaining her 4.0 GPA.
Forster, an internationally ranked tennis player, said that she is thankful to FLVS for giving her the opportunity to live her dream of traveling as a competitive tennis player.
Because of the flexibility of FLVS, Bridget was able to follow an extensive training regimen while traveling around the world. “My favorite memory academically is definitely the teachers I got to work with,” said Forster. “I had a hectic schedule as a tennis player and I had the most understanding teachers who were so kind and helpful.”
With the goal of fostering relationships among FLVS students, Forster ran for Class President earlier this year. Throughout her presidency, Forster encouraged students to stay on pace with interactive material during Senior Class meetings.
“As virtual students, it is hard to get to know each other, so I wanted our meetings to be more hands-on, providing fun material that would draw in more students to learn more about each other,” Forster said.
Forster advised rising seniors to get involved. “Find an area, club or event that you are interested in and see how you can make a difference!” she said.
She encouraged FLVS students to stay on pace by using the resources that FLVS provides. She also stressed the importance of maintaining a passion. While Forster’s passion is undoubtedly tennis, she also enjoys her mission work, and is currently the sponsor of a child through World Vision.
Forster also gave a commencement speech at graduation. “It is something that I worked really hard on and I’m looking forward to sharing it with my fellow classmates,” she said before the ceremony.
In her speech, Forster spoke about life after high school, or as she put it, the “adult DBA.” Forster reminded her peers that they are not too young to make a difference: “We are brave, we are unique and today we are graduates.”
Forster is excited to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall with a major in Exercise Science. She looks forward to playing on her university’s tennis team to pursue her tennis career.
This post was written by Oliva Horne and originally published by the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click.