Jager Weatherby, 18, Lakewood High School

Fulfilling a dream: Will study drama at New York University next fall, reaching a goal she set in middle school. Spent time in an NYU summer acting program for high school students last year that galvanized her desire to go. Also met her future dorm roommate from New Orleans who she e-mails and calls regularly.

Loves Big Apple: Has visited New York several times. “I love New York. The diversity is amazing. There are going to be people there from all over the place. … I just like the big city. There’s always something to do. There’s the hustle and bustle. I like to go to bed and hear the honking horns.”

Top scholar: Is Lakewood’s valedictorian this year with a 3.92 grade point average. Without giving away her graduation speech, she says, “It’s got a little bit of everything, a couple of funny parts and some serious parts.”

Center stage: Has been acting since second grade when she landed a role in elementary school play. “It has kind of been what I have loved to do ever since.”

Toughest role: Playing an emotionally and physically abusive mother who is an alcoholic in a high school production of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.” “It’s so not me.” Her toughest accent to learn? Russian.

Favorite actors: Male, Tom Hanks; female, Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn.

Favorite movies: “That’s so hard,” she says and thinks for a few minutes before suggesting: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Love Actually,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Philadelphia.”

Away from school: Loves to shop and doesn’t know how she will be able to pack for school in New York. “That’s going to be hard. I have a lot of clothes.”

Favorite novel: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger.

Thoughts on acting: Good thing about acting is always a chance to learn. Likes idea of performing more than teaching acting. “Actors are constantly taking classes and studying things. It is hard to think about teaching something when you still have so much to learn.”

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Dan Bates / The Herald

Jager Weatherby, 18, is graduating from Lakewood High School and will head to New York where she will study acting.

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