Academic All-Stars: Plaza Heights Christian Academy's Katie Poggemeier

Academic All-Stars: Katie Poggemeier

SCHOOL: Plaza Heights Christian Academy

HONORS: Valedictorian; received Plaza Heights Christian Character Award and Fruit of the Spirit Award; named to the Administrator’s Honor Roll throughout high school; Blue Ribbon winner in the Blue Ridge Writing Competition; selected as Student of the Month; Sons of the American Revolution Essay Winner; member of National Honor Society; Daughters of American Revolution Essay runner-up.

ACTIVITIES: Participated in Southern Baptist Convention Bible Drill; company member of the Blue Springs Ballet; member of the Odessa First Baptist Church Youth Group; member of the Student Council; participated in cheerleading.

What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
I would tell next year’s freshmen to see high school as a privilege and to devote themselves to meeting their full potential in every subject. Also, don’t overload your schedule so much that you can’t enjoy your time in high school and the benefits of being young.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher was my government teacher, Mr. Asher, because he genuinely cares about the lives of his students and works very hard to help them prepare for the future. He is full of wisdom and can always lighten the mood with his sense of humor.

When you were not in school or studying, what did you enjoy doing?
When I wasn’t in school, I enjoyed spending quality time with my friends and family, being outside, reading and pursuing a closer relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What college do you plan to attend and why?
I plan to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., to get my nursing degree. It has an excellent reputation, has been very helpful in working with me financially and allows me to remain near my friends and family.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I see myself married and working as either a nurse or physical therapist. I would like to continue dancing and eventually pursue God’s calling to mission work.