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Academic Team: Sara DePouw balances academic, athletic excellence

May 22, 2013
Sara DePouw: 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic Tea...
Sara DePouw: 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic Tea...: Sara DePouw, a senior at Oconto High School, is a member of the 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic Team. (May 21, 2013)
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Oconto's Sara DePouw, shown inside the school on Friday, May 3, 2013, is a Green Bay Press-Gazette 2013 Academic Team member. DePouw will be attending Bryant University next year. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media



Oconto High School


Pete and Julie DePouw


AP: Calculus, English, biology, American history, chemistry

University of Wisconsin-Marinette: Chemistry and physics

25 composite ACT

4.456 GPA*

*School has weighted grades


Class valedictorian

Press-Gazette Media Volleyball Player of the Year

All-State Volleyball, second team

Two-time volleyball conference player of the year

National Honor Society


Volleyball, three-year captain

National Honor Society

HiQ Academic Quiz Bowl team

Math Team

Student Council

In the Community

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, altar server

Memorial Day parade, sold poppies and walked parade route

Youth volleyball camps, clinician

Bread by the Bay Food Pantry

Holy Trinity Church Manna Meals

On the Job

Baby sitter

Oconto girls softball, umpire

Oconto girls basketball, referee


Sara has more motivation than any student I know! She is our valedictorian with a 4.456 GPA. This earned while taking all five of the AP classes we offer AND while studying by flashlight in the car being driven to and from club volleyball in Appleton. She led our high school team to a second place finish at state and earned a Division 1 scholarship to study and play at Bryant University in Rhode Island. ó Lisa Miller-Allen, Oconto High School

Student essay: Who do you emulate and why?

I would like to most emulate my older brother Ryan because he has pushed me to be the best person I can be and to never settle for limits. He has inspired me to follow my dreams and go after my goals in life. When we were younger, Ryan and I would play sports together in the backyard. Ryan worked every day on his basketball skills and his dedication and determination to improve as a basketball player were very clear. This inspired me to work hard at volleyball, so I could be the best I could be as well.

Ryan has been an inspiration to me because of his hard work and dedication. Ryan set a goal to play collegiate basketball and was determined to achieve it. Through his hard work, during Ryanís senior year he became the stateís leading scorer and is now playing collegiate basketball at Lawrence University. Passionate about volleyball like Ryan was to basketball, I also had the goal of playing collegiate athletics. Following in his footsteps and working hard to fulfill my dreams, I will be playing volleyball at Bryant University in Rhode Island on an academic and athletic scholarship.

Even though athletics were a major role in Ryanís life, academics always ranked higher. Ryan knew to focus on academics and felt that Lawrence University would provide him with a successful future while continuing to play sports. My competitive drive from sports carried through my academic life as well, wanting to be the best. I am valedictorian and challenged myself by taking advanced placement classes. He taught me that college years are among the most important years of a personís life.

I can depend on Ryan to be there for me if I need advice or help with anything. When I experience joy, sorrow, or need advice on a difficult decision, I turn to him for guidance. I am open with my brother and highly value his opinion. Ryan taught me the values of sportsmanship and leadership. He has been a role model for me by showing respect for others and good character. Ryan is very supportive and has a positive attitude.

Ryan taught me that getting somewhere in life is determined by how much effort you put into it. He proved to me that hard work can help you fulfill your dreams. I am so grateful to have Ryan as a brother because he is a great example, and I will continue to look up to him. Many people believe that sports are just meant to be played for fun, but as one plays more the game evolves. Fun turns to a passion and passion turns to love and appreciation for the game. Ryan showed me his love and passion for sports at a young age, and I adopted a similar passion for volleyball. Our passion and dedication to sports has helped us achieve great athletic and academic success and inspires me every day to be the best I can be.

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