Lake Worth High School Valedictorian

The Class of 2020 Valedictorian
Posted on 05/26/2020

Lake Worth top grad surprised to be valedictorian

Susan Salisbury Special to The Post 


Daisy Campos is the Class of 2020 Valedictorian of Lake Worth Community High School.

By Susan Salisbury Special to The Post

Wednesday

Posted May 20, 2020 at 1:19 PM

Daisy Campos, valedictorian of Lake Worth High School, has been among the best students in her class for years, but being the top graduate took her by surprise.

“I didn’t know this would happen. Once it hit me, I was like, ‘Wow,’” Campos said. “I just kept pushing myself.”

She grew up in Lake Worth and attended Barton Elementary School and Lake Worth Middle School.

Graduating with a 3.9 GPA and a 4.9 HPA, Campos is the first in her family to graduate from high school. Her dad Asuncion Campos works in construction, and her mother Victorina Campos is a stay-at-home mom. She has a brother, 13, and a sister, 9.

“My parents didn’t have the same opportunities that I have. They are so supportive of everything I do. They would stay up late waiting for me to finish work,” said Campos, who was in the high school’s medical and early childhood academies.

Campos has been dual-enrolled in Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University and has amassed approximately 38 college credits.

She enjoyed FAU so much that she is going there for college to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her “dream job” is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has already certified as a medical assistant EKG technician and nursing assistant.

The coronavirus pandemic has made her more cognizant than ever of how important nurses are.

“When I was younger and got really sick, I had a lot of tests run. I knew I wanted to do something in pediatrics and in medicine,” Campos said.

Her internships have included Medicana Nursing and Rehab Center, JFK Medical Center, Little Trojans Preschool and the preschool at Highland Elementary School. She has also volunteered at Salem Child Learning Center and Gold Coast Down Syndrome.

Campos has found that meditation and mindfulness have helped her deal with handling so many classes and internships at once.

“For me, a big thing was learning mindfulness and being in the present moment and not worrying about other things. I used to tend to worry about small things,” Campos said.

Campos is a Bethesda-by-the-Sea Scholar, a Barb Schmidt Fellowship recipient and federal TRIO program recipient. She has also been involved in the Key Club, Florida Future Educators of America and other organizations.

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The Palm Beach Post is running profiles of the Class of 2020 valedictorians from district-run high schools. Read them all at PalmBeachPost.com/topics/valedictorians-2020

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