As a dedicated member of a cappella, the current secretary of the German National Honor Society and a proud, four-year, Gold Renaissance Award winner, senior Noah Braun surely squeezed as much experience out of high school as possible.
Despite being involved in several different activities, Braun said, “ I have to say, my favorite part about high school was not what many people would expect; the learning. I learned so much during my time here, especially in the more advanced classes I took like AP Physics with Jane Knittig, AP World with Betty Roberts, and AP Calc with Eric Dunn. Even though I’ll likely not use many of the things I learned in school in my everyday life once I graduate, I feel like I gained valuable information about how to explain the world around me, appreciate different cultures across the globe, and explain my surroundings with math.”
Braun managed to keep his grade point average above 4.0 all four years of high school, so it is no surprise that he gained admission to all-yes-all of the colleges he applied to, including the School of Art Institute of Chicago and Washington University.
While he excelled in academics, Braun also found a love for a cappella at the beginning of his freshman year. For four years, he sang in the club and gradually built up his confidence.
About the most rewarding part of being an A-Men member, Braun said, “The most rewarding thing was singing on stage at the end of the year in front of my friends, family, and a large portion of the student population and just having fun up there. Being a part of WGHS A Cappella was the primary reason I grew in confidence over my four years of high school. I might have remained a quiet little freshman if it weren’t for my experience in the club.”
This will be Addie Palmquist’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.
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