She gave one in 2010 as
Staying on top in the classroom has always been a priority for Horne, who boasts a 4.7 GPA and plans to attend
"I always put school first," she said. "I guess I always wanted to prove to myself I could get scores that high in school ... wanting to be financially able to support myself and family when I'm older, and just wanting to be the best that I can be."
Horne, the daughter of
She acknowledged staying in shape through dance classes helped her stay mentally fit. She also learned she's most sharp early in the morning, so she set that time aside for school assignments that demanded greater attention.
"Just persevere and study hard," she said. "You just have to commit, not do anything halfway, give your all to everything you do. I'm a perfectionist and I think that helped me kind of keep pushing along."
Horne's favorite subject is English and she confesses she is a bit of a bookworm. Her favorite reads are the BrontË sisters'
"Reading is one of my favorite things to do," Horne said. "I've also enjoyed calculus, too, surprisingly. I'd always heard calculus to be the worst. I always heard English and history go good together and math and science, but I'm the other way around."
Horne likes to spend her free time with her nose in a book or her eyes fixed on
Her extracurricular activities include classes at
She doesn't have a motto, but offered one piece of advice.
"No matter what happens in life, you just have to deal with it and keep on," she said.
Horne is undecided on a major at
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