West De Pere's Sarah Meiners, shown inside her French V classroom, is a Green Bay Press-Gazette 2013 Academic Team member. Meiners will be attending UW-Madison next year. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
West De Pere High School
George and Cathie Meiners
AP: European history, U.S. history, macroeconomics, chemistry and physics
College courses: English composition, introduction to literature
32 composite ACT score
National Merit Scholarship commended student
2012 American Legion Samsung Scholarship national finalist
2012 Division 2 Kick, state champion; Division 3 Pom, state runner up
West De Pere Pom and Dance, team officer and captain
Student Council, president
National Honor Society, president
“Be the Change” team president
Community Assistance Program, director
In the Community
De Pere Park Board, teen adviser
District Technology Curriculum Board, student adviser
Community Center Dance Program recitals, backstage manager
Wisconsin Leadership Seminars Alumni Association
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church choir
When you meet Sarah she will immediately strike you as enthusiastic; this is a girl who enjoys learning. Sarah greets each day’s tasks with eagerness — whether studying grammar, reading literature or composing essays.
Sarah works not just to succeed, but to exceed. Whatever my expectations, Sarah consistently finds a way to surpass them. She’s proud to let others know how important her education is to her and encourage others to find their potential as well. — English teacher Natalie Buhl
Student essay: Who do you emulate and why?
To most people, a 14-year-old girl does not present much risk; however, in the mind of the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai was a grave threat. In October 2012, the Taliban forces centered in Malala’s homeland of Pakistan (and) made an attempt on her life, leaving her with grave and life-threatening injuries. Prior to this occurrence, Malala was striving to overthrow the oppressing Taliban restrictions on female opportunity. She first entered the international spotlight in 2009 when she partnered with the BBC to blog about her campaign against an edict prohibiting female education, and her message propagated following several interviews with major news corporations and a New York Times documentary on her efforts. Though Malala did not come to my attention until this previous fall, she has already inspired me to pursue my goal of entering into a career that will allow me to promote equality through diplomacy. Malala provides an example for all who wish to positively influence the world, for she proves that the ability to understand and reason with opposing viewpoints is vital to the maintenance of a successful society. I will emulate her behavior through my education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a potential career at the U.S. State Department.
Over the past two years, I have become increasingly interested in diplomacy and international events concerning human rights. Before my introduction to Malala, I was exploring the possibility of joining the State Department, but I believed that I lacked the ability to do so. However, I now plan to major in international studies with an emphasis in global security. This will further my understanding of global politics and will aid my personal development, encouraging my to think critically and study every side of an issue to properly form a well-developed and justified opinion. I am also considering adding components to my schooling that include gender and women’s studies because of the issues, such as Malala’s, that plight modern society concerning basic human rights. There are numerous different opinions on the topics included in those subjects, and an increased understanding of the varying opinions on those issues will allow me to better communicate with others when necessary. My wish is to develop a diplomatic spirit that will be a direct embodiment of Malala’s example.
Through her perseverance against the Taliban, Malala proves to me that if a young girl can impact such a wide scope of people, I can certainly do the same with years of experience and education. If I can emulate at least one modicum of Malala’s pioneering spirit, I will have an outstanding ability to inspire others to work towards a collective goal of human equality.