Success at SABIS®: Meet Zoe Scheffler
When Zoe was young, stepping out of her comfort zone and making new friends seemed like a daunting task. Today, the 17-year-old senior is thriving both personally and academically. As a member of the school’s National Honor Society, a dancer (ballet, modern, jazz and pointe), and an AP government student, she does plenty to keep busy in and out of school.
“On top of it all, I am co-captain of the Model UN and Model Congress team,” she says. “Being involved has helped improve my public speaking and become a bolder person. We work hard and have fun, and we’ve all become really close in the process.”
“Zoe is one of those students who is not only a pure pleasure to teach, but also one of those exceptional students whose thirst and need for understanding go well beyond desire to get an A on an exam,” says Dean Berry, Department Chair of History at Sabis. “She is a quiet leader who carries a calm and confidence that other members of the team feel.” Zoe has attended Sabis since 5th grade. She plans to continue her education at Smith College next year and will major in either linguistics or anthropology.
“Linguistics is my primary interest,” she comments. “I’m very fascinated by languages and the science of how they work.” She is also interested in history and statistics. Zoe is a recipient of the Springfield-Holyoke scholarship to Smith College. Only four of these scholarships are given out each year to students of a Springfield or Holyoke high school. “What I’ve accomplished while at Sabis has helped me come out of my shell. Being a part of a diverse community with lots of people, viewpoints, and backgrounds has made me a well-rounded individual. When I go to college, it’s not like I’ll be stepping out of a bubble.”
“What I’ve accomplished while at Sabis has helped me come out of my shell.”