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Academic Team: West's Sonya Loberger is a Renaissance woman

May 16, 2013
 
Sonya Loberger: 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic ...
Sonya Loberger: 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic ...: Sonya Loberger, a senior at Green Bay West High School, is a member of the 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic Team. (May 15, 2013)
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Green Bay West senior Sonya Loberger, shown inside a classroom, is a Green Bay Press-Gazette 2013 Academic Team member. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison next year. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

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Sonya Loberger, a senior at Green Bay West High School, is a member of Press-Gazette Media's 2013 Academic Team.

School

Green Bay West High School

Parents

Susan Loberger, Richard Loberger

Academics

IB classes: English A1 HL, Math HL, Theory of Knowledge, Biology HL, Spanish SL, History HL, Pyschology SL

32 composite ACT

4.0 GPA

Honors

Class valedictorian

Kiwanis Award for forensics

State Forensics, gold and silver medalist

Brown County Fair, grand champion — trail

Press-Gazette Media Scholar of the Week

Extracurricular

School play director

National Honor Society, Sergeant at Arms vice president

4-H secretary, vice president

Sting Cancer, treasurer, vice president, president

In the Community

Brown County Library

Encompass Early Education and Care

Big Event for Little Kids

4-H food stand volunteer at Brown County Fair

On the Job

Copps Food Center, cashier and bagger

Recommendation

Sonya is a Renaissance woman. She is a mathematician, actress, equestrian, competitive speaker, violinist and aspiring patissier. In 23 years, I’ve seen no student approach her studies with such optimism and hunger. In the classroom, she is unabashed in her questioning and a natural facilitator during discussions. Her sense of humor and humble demeanor set classmates at ease, and they often seek her input and guidance. Sonya is the model of a 21st century scholar. — Eleanor Hinz-Radue, nominating teacher

Who do you emulate and why?

Without a doubt, Jenna Kropp is the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I first met Jenna when I joined my local 4-H Club 10 years ago, and she has been a role model for me ever since. Four years ago, I began leasing her horse, Luther, and taking riding lessons from her. She helped me find both my confidence and my ability to persevere no matter what. I have also learned the true value of hard work and how it really can pay off in the end. After two years of working with Jenna and Luther, I was very discouraged. I did not think that Luther and I would ever get along the way I had hoped. But she encouraged me to keep going, and after a particularly rough day at a horse show, Luther and I discovered a new sense of respect for each other. Now, whenever I am faced with a seemingly daunting task, I know that I have the ability to accomplish it.

Jenna is a caring and talented individual who loves nothing more than to share her skills with those who are eager to learn them. She is always willing to give her time whenever someone else is in need, and has a seemingly unlimited amount of patience. With her help, I have found a new sense of confidence, and the bravery to believe in myself. This has helped me to continue to succeed in and out of school. From maintaining a 4.0 despite difficult courses to performing at the state One-Act Play competition with a severe and painful case of laryngitis, Jenna has helped me to realize that I have what it takes.

Jenna’s talents go far beyond working with horses. She is a gifted intellectual who was accepted into several different graduate programs, and she is currently working toward a graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I greatly admire her academic determination and her willingness to work as hard as she needs to in order to get where she wants to be.

I have never met another woman quite like Jenna, and I am certain that I never will. Her hard work, dedication and commitment to achieve her goals is highly admirable. She is not afraid to speak her mind or to stand up for others whenever they need it. She knows exactly who she is, and what she needs to do for herself and others. Jenna has helped me to reach my own goals, and is always there to offer help and encouragement when I need it. She has given me the opportunity to truly learn the reward of hard work by allowing me to work with her horse. I am incredibly grateful for all that Jenna has given me, and I hope that some day I can make as much of a difference in someone’s life as she has made in mine.

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