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Elliot Christian valedictorian Alisabeth Cotton will study business at Pepperdine University

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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 11:20 am | Updated: 1:07 pm, Tue Jun 5, 2012.

Alisabeth Cotton will miss Jim Elliot Christian High School, but she is completely ready for the next step: Pepperdine University.

During her four years at Jim Elliot, she worked hard to keep a family tradition. Not only were her two older brothers high school valedictorians, they were also student body presidents, just like she was during her senior year.

Though she could have caved under the pressure of keeping up with her brothers, she thrived and made her education her own personal journey.

“I’m happy to see that she made her own footprint in the school,” said Cotton’s mother, Tina Cotton. “She did it her way. She’s her own person.”

In the fall, she will start taking business courses at the Malibu university that sits on a cliff overlooking the coastline. Pepperdine is another tradition, as both of her brothers are attending the school, and her parents are alumni.

Cotton has already begun working with Pepperdine. She recently attended a Youth Citizenship seminar that taught her to set goals and to keep reaching for them. Out of 1,200 applications for the seminar, Cotton was chosen as one of the 250 high school students to attend.

Though she is excited for the future, she will miss the place where she’s made so many memories through clubs and ballet. Mostly, she will miss the tight-knit community she found at Jim Elliott, and “the family we’ve created,” she said.

She made her mark by taking action in student government, from being freshman class president to student body president her senior year.

“I really like being able to give back to the school,” she said.

Cotton will study business at Pepperdine, and hopes to become an entrepreneur. Before then, though, she will focus on her Spanish and Italian skills as she prepares to study abroad in Italy during her sophomore year of college.

Contact Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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