WENDELL — Alena Grubb knew early on she was going to have to take school seriously.
The 2013 valedictorian of the School of Arts, Education and Global Studies, was born a triplet and she figured out the cost of college times three was asking a lot of their parents.
“I knew if I wanted to go to college, I was going to need to earn some scholarships,” Grubb said.
Her brothers Nick and Matt Grubb are also part of the East Wake Class of 2013.
With a 4.6 grade point average that’s tops in her class this year, Grubb has certainly put herself in good position to win some college money.
But the drive to become a valedictorian was about a lot more than money.
Grubb said she never considered becoming a valedictorian a goal until she reached the end of her freshman year and realized she had a chance at snagging the honor.
From that point on, it became more of an internal focus. Her parents, Rhonda and Curtis Grubb, of Wendell, never made it a pressure point for her.
“They’ve always been pretty laid back about it. They’ve just told me to do my best and that, as long as I was really doing my best, they’d be OK with it.
Her best put her at the top of the class.
Grubb hasn’t let her studies keep her from enjoying life. She’s participated in the honors chorale, which she equates to a second family, she was a member of the Beta Club, the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society.
Asked about her favorite class, Grubb smiles and remembers her time spent in honors chorale. “I liked it when we could go out in the community and give concerts. People would always come up to us and tell us how much they enjoyed our music,” Grubb said.
Not every class, though, was as much fun. Pre-Calculus was Grubbs’ biggest challenge in school. “I guess I’m just not much of a math person, but I really didn’t focus on that class like I should have.
Judging from her place atop the class, it’s about the only thing Alena Grubb didn’t focus on.
And that college thing?
Next fall, Grubb will enroll at Barton College where she plans to study psychology and criminal justice.