Academic All-Star: Truman High School's Zachary Wayne Wenig
NAME: Zachary Wayne Wenig
SCHOOL: Truman High School
HONORS: Top 1 percent; AP Scholar; Bright Flight Scholar; received the 2013 Missouri DESE Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship; National Forensic League Academic All-America; MSHSAA State Debate Qualifier; NCFL Grand National Debate Qualifier; member of the fourth place state Mock Trial team; received the George Washington Carver Award; president of the National Honor Society; member of the Spanish National Honor Society and was named the Ernst and Young Regional Youth Entrepreneur of the Year.
ACTIVITIES: Member of the National Forensic League; member of the Spanish Club, Math Club and Politics Club; Mock Trial attorney; member of Patriots Assisting Truman Students; A-plus tutor; Truman Heartland Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council School Leader; participates in Youth Entrepreneurs and is involved with 20/20 Leadership.
What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
Find at least one activity you enjoy early on in high school. It will help you make a lot of lifelong friends and will make school easier. Try a lot of different things early on and figure out what works for you. Don’t be afraid of challenging activities and courses, no matter what others tell you.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Ms. Christine Adams. I had many excellent teachers, but spending four years in Ms. Adams’ debate classroom was the best decision I’ve ever made. Ms. Adams is the type of teacher who is always there for her students. She strives to have her students become not only excellent debaters, but good citizens as well.
When you were not in school or studying, what did you most enjoy doing?
A lot of my free time was devoted to the activities I was involved in. I met a lot of great people along the way, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I also spend a lot of time watching and attending sporting games, particularly the Royals.
What college do you plan to attend and why?
I plan to study biology at Truman State University this fall. TSU offers a humble and academically engaging atmosphere. The faculty and students are welcoming, and there is a lot to do on campus. I was also blessed to receive the General John J. Pershing Scholarship.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I hope to have completed medical school and be a medical resident in a primary care specialty.