Indian Trail High School and Academy
Parents: Brian and Sandy Bear
Most memorable high school moment: One day in AP Lang, Mrs. Walton had us all dance to “Man in the Mirror” in the middle of the room. It was really funny, and even though the lesson was pretty unconventional, it did help me understand the song’s message. I’ll never forget that day because it taught me that sometimes, taking a unique approach to something can prove to be really effective.
Most influential teacher: Cara Pfieffer
Class taught: Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry
Please explain why: Mrs. Pfieffer encouraged me to persevere and push myself, and she helped me develop a lot of confidence and independence. In class, she constantly shows support for her students by pushing them out of their comfort zones and helping them realize their potential. She also devotes endless hours to running the Science Olympiad team, which is in the process of fundraising for the state competition. She always pushes her students to do better because she truly believes they can, and I hope to embody her encouraging, can-do attitude in my life.
School activities/clubs: Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, peer helpers/tutors, Philosophy Club
School offices held: Philosophy Club president
Honors, letters or awards: Voices of Democracy Certificate of Merit; 2017 Youth Kindness Award; 2017 Dreamkeepers Award; AP Scholar; Science Olympiad Chem Lab Second Place (regionals)
Out-of-school activities/hobbies: Tutoring; balloon twisting; reading
College choice: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Intended major/field of study: Mechanical/aerospace engineering
Role model: Alpha Seisay
Three words that best describe my role model: Thoughtful, original, kind
What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I hope to play a role in moving humanity forward, through engineering spacecraft used for space exploration and the colonization of other planets.