Katie Bartels is an Academic All-Star from William Chrisman High School
SCHOOL: William Chrisman High School
HONORS: Top 1 percent; selected as a Horatio Alger National Scholar; Questbridge National Scholar; McCoy Award recipient; Panda House Student of the Month; Rotary Club of Independence Student of the Month; named to the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout high school; member of the National Honor Society and attended the Missouri Innovation Academy.
ACTIVITIES: Senior Class President; vice president of the French Club; French Club Publicity Chairman; founded the Environmental Club and served as president; member of the National Society of High School Scholars; FIRST Robotics Team 1723 Electronic Chairman and Human Player; member of the varsity tennis team and junior varsity basketball; member of the Varsity Scholar Bowl; Project Shine volunteer; Jr. FLL Robotics Mentor; A plus tutoring and 4-H Biotechnology Teen Ambassador.
What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
My advice for freshmen is to find something you love and pursue it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough and take risks. Be true to whom you are and do not let the pressures of others change the person that you are. If you are going to have a dream, dream big.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher is Dr. Russell Clothier also known as “Doc.” He was one of my robotics coaches and my physics teacher. He is truly an amazing teacher that tries his hardest to make sure everyone in the class understands his lessons, which is not always easy in physics. Doc is also very selfless and devotes all his time to the robotics team during the season to ensure our robot does well. He is also one of the funniest people you will ever meet.
When you were not in school or studying, what did you most enjoy doing?
I enjoyed playing tennis while not in school because I am a very competitive person, and it’s my favorite the sport. Tennis is a good stress reliever and a great way to get a tan.
What college do you plan to attend and why?
I plan on going to the Missouri University of Science and Technology to get a degree in environmental engineering. Missouri S&T has a fantastic reputation for engineering, and I absolutely love the small town atmosphere. They also offered me the most financial aid.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I hope to have graduated Missouri S&T with an undergraduate and a master’s degree. I would like to be employed at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, working my way up to become the administrator.
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