North Cedar's Makayla Schluter a role model to admire

HS journalism: Author proud to call her a friend

Makayla Schluter, National Honor Society’s secretary, spoke during the Veterans Day ceremony hosted by NHS to honor our community’s veterans. (North Cedar yearbook)
Makayla Schluter, National Honor Society’s secretary, spoke during the Veterans Day ceremony hosted by NHS to honor our community’s veterans. (North Cedar yearbook)

CLARENCE — “Life is Beautiful.”

This is a quotation North Cedar senior Makayla Schluter demonstrates every day.

Ask anybody and they will tell you Schluter portrays a beautiful life every day and makes everybody feel loved and welcome.

Most of the time, there is a student in each grade level who truly shows amazing dedication to their school work. In the senior class the amount of good students is astounding and overwhelming. There is one student who sticks out when you think of somebody who goes above and beyond.

That is Makayla Schluter.

Schluter is a 4.0 student and is tied for valedictorian. She spends a lot of her free time doing homework and studying.

“I usually like to spend at least two hours a night on homework,” Schluter said. “Of course sometimes it is a lot more, but I always do homework even if I come home with none. I make this possible by jumping ahead and doing things for the following week or even a few weeks in advance.”

Schluter’s teachers admire her hard work and tenacity.

“Makayla is a very studious, kind person,” math teacher Scott Kasik said. “She always tries to do her best in everything she does, including the hardest math class in school (AP calculus).”

Although Schluter is busy with her school work, it doesn’t stop her from being involved and showing her leadership abilities. She is involved in FBLA and has been the president for three years. She has been a student council officer for three years and is the president. She also has been in band for four years and has been the trumpet section leader for two years, choir for four years and yearbook for four years, now an editor. She has been in NHS for three years and is currently the secretary. There’s also jazz band for three years, Quill and Scroll for three years, teaching Sunday school for four years and has helped with Vacation Bible School for four years.

Schluter shows her happiness every day, bringing smiles to students’ faces and she always is a great friend to count on.

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The past couple of years have not been easy. Not often does a 17-year-old end up being the parent of their dad. Sadly Schluter’s dad has Parkinsons and Alzheimers and it has gotten worse over time. She has kept busy with helping her father through his struggles and, although it is a huge setback, she continues to spread her joy and smiles throughout her family and school.

After high school, Schluter will be attending Wartburg College to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

“Since I was little, I have always dreamed about being a teacher,” she said. “I have been inspired by my own teachers to help children grow in their learning.”

An overall amazing person, Schluter is not the average high school student. She already is successful and will achieve so much more in her following years.

I am so glad I can call her my friend.

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