Whiz Kid: What Doesn't This Andover Student Do?
Erin Weingarten, 16, keeps a busy schedule but is driven to do more to succeed.
Each week, Bloomfield Patch features students doing amazing things. This week's Whiz Kid is a state champ in forensics, excels in athletics, and dedicates her "spare" time to a life-long love for animals, which she is cultivating into a career.
School: Andover High School
Hometown: Bloomfield Township
Achievement: Weingarten completed her sophomore year as a state forensics champion in Sales 9/10, and helped the team win 2nd place overall in the Class A division. She also earned varsity letters in both Cross Country and Tennis, competed in the MHSAA State Girls Tennis Finals, and played junior varsity basketball. In addition to school activities, Weingarten helped raise $3,500 for animals in need by organizing the Tails on the Trails Dog Walk Benefit at Andover on June 3. The charity event was part of her MYP project and benefitted Almost Home Animal Rescue — a no-kill animal shelter in Southfield and West Bloomfield.
Key to awesomeness: "I try to set high standards and work extremely hard to achieve them," said Weingarten, who is also president of the Andover Helping Animals club. She said she hopes to become a veterinary surgeon, and is driven to improve an animal's life any way she can.
"The more I am around animals, the better," she said. "I am always driven to do the best that I possibly can so I do not have any regrets."
What's next?: This summer, Weingarten plans to volunteer for Almost Home Animal Rescue and to keep training for sports, especially the upcoming cross country season. She's also hoping to enjoy the time with my family and friends
Do you know our next Whiz Kid?
Bloomfield Patch welcomes suggestions for students, youth groups and even sports teams who wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about amazing children and teens and select one each week as Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or email the information to editor Art.Aisner@patch.com. Please include all these details:
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