Abigail Snyder

Tremper High School

Parents: George and Kimberly Snyder

Most memorable high school moment: I will never forget standing on the counterfeit-filled sidewalks of Chinatown in New York City, dumping soup broth into the street with my beloved wind ensemble friends.

Most influential teacher: Mrs. Kathy Ripley

Class taught: Band

Please explain why: Mrs. Ripley conducted my instrument try-out some eight years ago; I vividly remember her ecstatic demeanor when I expressed interest in playing the horn. A year later, I had the pleasure of playing under her in her last year teaching at Lance Middle School. There, she was a fantastic educator and motivator, always challenging us with difficult repertoire and practice regimens. When I started at Tremper, I was ecstatic to be back under Ripley’s baton. With her guidance, I placed in Tremper’s top ensemble as a sophomore. Ripley is always there for me, whether I want to play through an excerpt, chat about composers, or hear one of her numerous “back on the farm in Iowa” stories. My fondest high school memories are set in the band room and in the company of Mrs. Kathy Ripley.

School activities/clubs: Badger Boys/Girls State, Band of the Black Watch, Key Club, National Honor Society, pep band, Renaissance Club, student government, wind ensemble

Other school activities: Math Club, Parent Teacher Student Association, Blue jazz, Knit Wits, pit orchestra, Feaste brass ensemble, drum line, Tech Club

School offices held: Class of 2019 secretary; Key Club secretary; Key Club Board of Directors; Math Club president; Tech Club secretary; Student Government Craft Show coordinator

Honors, letters or awards: Music letter; Academic letter; 10 years of perfect attendance; Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit; AP Scholar; AP + PLTW Achievement Award; National Youth Leadership Forum nominee; University of Wisconsin-Parkside Honor Band principal horn; Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo and Ensemble qualifier; WSMA State exemplary ensemble nominee; ACT WorkKeys Platinum distinction

Out-of-school activities/hobbies: Scouring the web for funky socks; making Pinterest boards; working at Pinot’s Palette; hand-embroidering/ sewing; solving New York Times crosswords; drinking tea; re-reading Harry Potter; doing Sudoku; playing Words with Friends; going on lake drives; dining at Culver’s

College choice: Undecided

Intended major/field of study: Civil engineering (structural focus)

Role model: My parents

Three words that best describe my role model: Imaginative, intelligent, devoted

What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I am enthralled by the concept of “green building,” which is a contemporary architectural strategy focused on integrating self-sustainable and energy-efficient systems into structures. Though this technology would contribute to a greater environmental future, it is hardly attainable. In college, I wish to research more cost-efficient ways to employ sustainable systems on a larger scale.