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Date published: 6/24/2011

Shasta Rizzi and Phillip Allan are Chancellor High School's valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for 2011.

Shasta Rizzi earned a GPA of 4.868. She was a student at the Commonwealth Governor's School and shared her leadership skills by serving as vice president of the National Spanish Honor Society, secretary of the National Honor Society and member of the National Art Honor Society. She earned a Civics Seal, Governor's Seal, Community Service Seal, Board of Education Seal and President's Education Award.

Shasta ran cross country, earning the most improved award for her determination to never give up and her positive influence on her teammates. She also participated in track, basketball and soccer. She participated in numerous school musicals, district choir, ACDA Southern Women's Division Choir and also plays guitar, ukulele and piano.

Shasta serves the community by working at the food bank and the homeless shelter. She also traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. She loves to travel and has visited the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain and Canada. She will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall, majoring in biomedical engineering.

Phillip Allan achieved a GPA of 4.831. He was a student of the Commonwealth Governor's School, taking seven Advanced Placement courses in his senior year, and also studied for an additional AP test in his free time, outside the classroom. He earned the Seal of Academic Excellence, Civics Seal, Governor's Early College Scholar, Community Service Seal, Board of Education Seal and was a member of the National Honor Society and the National German Honor Society.

Phillip swam for four years on the varsity swim team, competing in events from the 100 butterfly to the 500 freestyle. He served as team captain in his junior and senior years. He volunteered more than 200 hours in community service. His favorite service activity was the annual Chancellor Middle School World War II-style USO dance. He was the lead instructor for six years, teaching sixth-graders how to swing dance.

Phillip will attend the University of South Carolina this fall as a McKissick Scholar, double majoring in geography and political science. He hopes to work for the government as an analyst for satellite imagery.