Crete resident Ariel Merritt is flourishing as a student at Luther East High School in Lansing.
A senior with a 3.2 grade point average, Merritt transferred to Luther East from Crete-Monee High School two years ago.
“She surprised me by becoming a leader in the class and setting the example,” English teacher Jan Kopischke said.
“By her second semester, I bumped her into my honors division in British Literature because she was kicking it into high gear with her diligence in her work and the quality of work she was presenting,” Kopischke added.
A member of the National Honor Society, Merritt is also enrolled in honors World Literature and Anatomy, and is a member of the volleyball and soccer teams.
“I love going to class and learning new things. The desire to learn new things has kept my mind open and granted me different opportunities,” she said.
Merritt plans to share this passion for learning by attending the University of Illinois at Chicago to study elementary education. “I want to be a first grade teacher,” she said.
The daughter of Jennifer and Antonio Merritt, Ariel is a member of Power and Light Evangelistic Church in South Holland, Ill.