Ashley Hurst took one advanced placement class after another during her senior year at Galt High School. When she wasn't studying, she was senior class secretary, participated in competitive soccer, tutored in math and took a seminary class at 6:30 a.m. before heading to school.
"I don't sleep a lot, let's put it that way," she said.
For all her hard work, Hurst, 18, is this year's valedictorian at Galt High School. Her grade-point average is 4.462.
She plans to focus on science at history at Brigham Young University and possibly become a pediatrician.
"I like the kids and health aspects together," Hurst said. "I like helping people mostly, something where I can make a difference."
The daughter of Steve and Lisa Hurst, of Galt, Hurst is a lifelong Galt resident, having attended Valley Oaks Elementary School until fifth grade, Greer Elementary in sixth grade and McCaffrey Middle School before attending Galt High.
"I love Galt," she said. It's a real nice community with a small-town feel."
Hurst said she always tried to challenge herself in her classes so she wouldn't get bored.
"Every AP class I could take, I took it," she said.
That included AP chemistry, physics, biology, math, English and history classes. She was also in the Gifted and Talented Education program throughout elementary and middle school.
A member of the Galt First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hurst said she is pretty active there, starting with seminary class for teens from 6:30 to 7:20 a.m.
"It's a really nice way to start your day," she said.
Hurst was on the Warriors' soccer and cross country teams all four years, and she's played competitive soccer outside the school since she was 11.
And if that isn't enough, she tutors a third-grader and eighth-grader in math.
So what's her secret to succeeding at the highest level?
"Challenge yourself and be willing to put in hard work," Hurst said. "Stay up late, stay responsible and do the extra stuff, like extra studying."