Providence Academy’s Monica Rampetsreiter is on the National Honor Society, a varsity athlete and a multi-instrumentalist. And with all her free time, she volunteers.
Congratulations to this year’s Prep Elites, who were nominated by their schools for our annual feature. It’s always difficult to decide among a worthy group of local teens, who strive in their own ways to make it to “the top.” Here are this year’s Prep Elites: Gavin Peterson, Maria Paula Cadena Amortegui, Alex Edstrom
Academics: Academic letter winner; and member of the National Honor Society
Extra-curriculars: Math team, varsity softball, varsity tennis, music consortium, peer tutor, string quartet, cellist and pianist, nursing home volunteer
MPG: What do you wish you could have told your freshman self?
MR: … It’s good to focus on your future but also enjoy where you are now. Go to the football game, hang out with friends, work hard and get some sleep.
MPG: What is the most important way in which you gave back to your high school or community?
MR: I volunteer at an Alzheimer’s home called Gianna Homes [plays cello and piano and visits with residents] … I am a peer tutor for math and science and am also a member of National Honor Society.
MPG: What did you learn from that experience?
MR: … Even the little things can make a person smile.
MPG: What are your post high school plans?
MR: … study engineering or international business [and] study music and play tennis.
MPG: Give us three words to describe yourself.
MR: Joyful, thoughtful and hard-working
“ … [Monica’s] academic ‘grit’ is clearly matched by athletic determination, as revealed in her competitive participation on both PA’s varsity softball and tennis teams … Monica has been successful both as an individual player and as a respected leader on the team … Monica shines in mentoring other students, who face difficulties with the pressures of school, and demonstrates a genuine concern about student life. Monica is even keeled and calm in the way she tackles challenges … there is a depth in her thoughtfulness and abilities … Monica has been everything one could hope for
in a student …” —PA administration