Green Bay Preble's Amanda Hermans, shown on stage on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, is a Green Bay Press-Gazette 2013 Academic Team member. Hermans will be attending Northwestern University next year. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Kevin and Susan Hermans
AP: U.S. history, world history, language and composition, calculus AB, psychology, physics B literature and composition, human geography
32 composite ACT
Civic Engagement Award
Student of the Month, Music Department
State Solo and Ensemble, first place
Classical Festival Piano competition, third place
Preble Marching/Pep Band, drum major
Preble Band Council, treasurer
National Honor Society, historian
Preble Buzz Newspaper, editor-in-chief
Green Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, assistant principal flutist
In the Community
YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya, assistant counselor
YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, team member
Certified American Red Cross blood donor
On the Job
YMCA camp, assistant counselor
Amanda has demonstrated strong academic ability through participation in many advanced and Advanced Placement courses.
Amanda has an infectious energy; she is positive and creative and is a born leader. As a chairperson for National Honor Society, and editor of the school newspaper, Amanda made evident the strengths she offers others through her outstanding character.
Amanda is an outstanding individual and an excellent example of what the Academic Team embodies.
— Cheryl Mitchell, school counselor
Who do you emulate and why?
These days, just like most of my peers, my future is constantly on my mind. When thinking about what I want to do with my life, I am certain about only one thing; I want to improve the world in whatever way I can. I want to be a journalist, both to expose the stories that will bring justice and light to our world’s failings, and also to celebrate the amazing things that human beings do for each other every day. Therefore, I am certain that I want to emulate Nellie Bly.
Nellie was groundbreaking for women in the field of reporting; she was spunky, determined and strong. Born in 1864, she lived in a time where any woman working as a writer only wrote about gardening, fashion or social trends. Nellie constantly tried to break free of these social norms and write about what really mattered, going to whatever means necessary to do so. She was never afraid to take risks, and pioneered in the field of investigative reporting. In one of her more noteworthy projects, she feigned insanity for 10 days to expose the terrible treatments inside mental institutions. She worked tirelessly throughout her career to uncover corruption and injustice, siding with the unfortunate and the underdogs in her world, though as a woman she was often an underdog herself. Nellie Bly helped pave the way for women in the world of journalism with her courage and steadfastness.
Though I live in a time much different than Nellie’s, her persona is something that is relevant in any era. Nellie’s personality contained many of the characteristics I want to bring with me into my journalism career. I want to, like her, uncover ground that has never been exposed before. I want to tell the story of the world to the people who live it. I hope that, like Nellie, I can approach my future in a bold and strong way that will be necessary for achieving the career I want. I hope that I will never be afraid to take risks and to try something out of the ordinary to achieve what is necessary. I wish to emulate Nellie’s dedication, strength and determination not only in my future career, but also in every aspect of my life.