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Elizabeth VanKammen, Central High School

Elizabeth VanKammen

Central High School

Parents: David and Laura VanKammen

Most memorable high school moment: My most memorable high school moment has to be attending Badger Girls State. The week up in Oshkosh yielded many memories and even more friends. Aside from setting up an entire state government and acting as an elected official — senator for my district — the best times were those involving 2 a.m. deep discussions sitting around using sheet masks and literally making friendship bracelets. It’s the memory that keeps on going, as I am still regularly in touch with those I met through Badger Girls.

Most influential teacher: Not to sound cliché or anything, but I honestly cannot choose one single teacher. I have been beyond fortunate to be able to learn from so many influential and inspiring educators and I would like each of them to know they have had an equally important impact on me and my future.

School activities/clubs: Badger Boys/Girls State, freshman mentors, International Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, peer helpers/tutors, student government

Other school activities: S.M.A.R.T. Team (Students Modeling A Research Topic), Spanish Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Geography Club, Academic Bowl

School offices held: President of the National Honor Society; vice president of the Spanish Honor Society

Honors, letters or awards: Academic Achievement Award; Academic Letter; Academic Medal; AP Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Spanish Examination

Out-of-school activities/hobbies: Kenosha County Youth in Governance Representative; ballet; violin; drawing and painting; sewing; baking and cooking; volunteering; catechist; lake life; life guarding

College choice: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.

Intended major/field of study: Philosophy

Role model: My dad, the late David VanKammen

Three words that best describe my role model: Compassionate, hard-working, genuine

What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I hope to graduate from Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy, after which I would like to go on to the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. From there, I hope to find a career and place of work so fulfilling I go in every day for 50 years with the same passion as day one.