Champion of the Month

Elizabeth Wuertley Share

Dec 1, 2017  |  Web Administrator

Eliz­a­beth Wuert­ley was born in Mar­i­on, Indi­ana in 1999, and has lived here all her life. She is a senior at Mar­i­on High School, excelling in aca­d­e­mics across the board, and most notably scored per­fect­ly on the ACT®, the nation’s most rec­og­nized col­lege entrance exam. Each year, only about 2,000 of the approx­i­mate 2 mil­lion indi­vid­u­als who take the exam across the globe score a per­fect 36.

Eliz­a­beth is the vale­dic­to­ri­an of the Class of 2018, Pres­i­dent of Nation­al Hon­ors Soci­ety & Mu Alpha Theta (nation­al hon­ors soci­ety for math­e­mat­ics). Her extracur­ric­u­lar involve­ment includes Stu­dent Sen­ate, aca­d­e­m­ic teams includ­ing Quiz Bowl, Jazz Band (1st Trum­pet), as well as Swim­ming, Cross-Coun­try, and Tennis. 

Eliz­a­beth has an exem­plary work eth­ic. I try to be effi­cient with my time, so I tend to do my home­work at school as soon as I receive it, if we still have time left in class and/​or before swim prac­tice,” she explained.

Eliz­a­beth vol­un­teers on a reg­u­lar basis in and out­side of the Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty. She devotes time each month doing ser­vice projects as part of her youth group at Col­lege Wes­leyan Church. She also serves as a coun­selor at camps, and volunteers/​works in the church’s nursery. 

When asked about liv­ing in Mar­i­on, Eliz­a­beth tied her love for Mar­i­on with her love for learn­ing. Since I’ve lived here my whole life, I know mul­ti­ple ways to get to where I’m going. Since I pick up on pat­terns, from tests to math prob­lems, I am famil­iar with the street pat­terns of Mar­i­on. It’s small, com­mu­ni­ty-like, the high school is one of the best in the state with aca­d­e­mics, and our teach­ers are fantastic.”

Eliz­a­beth explained the impor­tance of cham­pi­oning for Mar­i­on. It’s impor­tant to give back to your com­mu­ni­ty, espe­cial­ly because you use the resources like dri­ving on roads, using the library, and inter­act­ing with peo­ple. It’s where you grew up and you want to make sure it con­tin­ues to thrive.”

Eliz­a­beth plans to study bio-chem­istry, then attend med­ical school to become a pediatrician.

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