Tremper High School
Parents: Alan and Kelly Birschbach
Most memorable high school moment: There are two moments that come to mind. First, as a sophomore, I took a trip with the Tremper Choir program to Walt Disney World in Florida. We performed in Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and we explored the parks for several days. Our choir director, Mrs. Amborn, organized an amazing trip, and the memories and friendships I gained have definitely shaped my high school experience. Second, in the regional semi-final of my senior volleyball season, we were trailing Racine Horlick 0-2. The team pulled together to make an exhilarating 3-2 comeback to win the game and advance in the state playoffs.
Most influential teacher: Valerie Taylor
Class taught: AP Biology and Honors Biology
Please explain why: Ms. Taylor’s passion for biology radiates through her teaching. She uses her extensive knowledge to answer questions completely, including the detailed connections that the subject requires. She devotes countless hours to her students, and sacrifices evenings and weekends to help prepare students for the AP test. Her teaching has inspired me to pursue a career in biological engineering.
School activities/clubs: Choir/madrigals, National Honor Society, Renaissance Club, student government
School athletics: Volleyball
Honors, letters or awards: 3 Varsity Volleyball Letters; 2-time Varsity Volleyball Captain; Team MVP; UltraAnkle JVA Athleader Award; Holy Rosary Female Athlete of the Year Nominee; Tremper Scholar Athlete; Academic Letter; Music Letter; Honor Roll; Valedictorian
Out-of-school activities/hobbies: Club volleyball; church choir
College choice: The University of Alabama
City and state of college: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Intended major/field of study: Chemical and biological engineering
Role model: My parents and my sister
Three words that best describe my role model: Driven, independent, supportive
What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I want to use my knowledge and my skills to give back to others. My goal is to have a fulfilling career in researching cell signaling, with discoveries that improve treatments of cancers and diseases.