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East Ridge High School's top student, Allie Kobe, will graduate with a GPA of 4.429 and attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall where she will study chemical engineering.

Class of 2013: East Ridge's top student 'made the most' of high school

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East Ridge High School's top student will be trading in her black and gold for maroon and gold when she attends the University of Minnesota next fall.

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Allie Kobe will graduate June 1 with a GPA of 4.429.

Kobe maintained her No. 1 ranking throughout high school.

"My mom always said it's good to get to the top and stay there rather than try and fight your way up," she said.

Kobe said being ranked at the top of her graduating class was a goal that she set for herself early on since she had a sister who maintained the top spot until her senior year when she slipped from the top.

"She didn't get it," she said, "so I had to."

Kobe said the friendly competition among classmates helped her push herself further.

"I enjoy the journey of school," she said.

Even though Kobe said she gravitated more toward math and science throughout her high school career, her favorite class this year was her English class because of her friends, the teacher and the classroom environment.

"There's always something new to learn in school," she said.

On average, Kobe said she spends between three and four hours every day studying.

"I'm still a little bit of a procrastinator," she said. "I always do other stuff while I'm doing my homework."

Academics isn't the only thing in Kobe's life. She is also involved in a number of extracurricular activities including Math Team, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society and Student Council.

"There can be a lot on your plate at one time," she said. "But, you know what you have to get done, so you get it done."

Kobe said she is excited about her new adventure at the University of Minnesota next year.

"I'm excited about finally being on my own and figuring stuff out for myself," she said. "I'm also a little worried about it too."

Kobe said she intends to study chemical engineering before attending medical school.

Kobe said she is leaving East Ridge on a high note.

"I think I made the most out of high school," Kobe said.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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