Oswego East Student Athlete of the Week: Anna Seuser
Dec 13, 2016 01:33PM ● Published by Zac Sadek
Although most teenagers spend their summers at the pool, working part-time jobs, or just hanging out with friends, senior Anna Seuser believed it was her opportunity to give back.
As if being a captain of the dance team was not enough, Anna has spent the past two summers going to Mexico on a mission trip, serving as a translator and helping provide medical care to young people at a medical clinic and an orphanage. Despite her many commitments, Anna has somehow managed to achieve a 4.3 G.P.A., and her hard work and giving nature is why she is this week’s Oswego East student athlete of the week.
As a freshman, Anna ingratiated herself into everything East, joining the dance team and very quickly earning the distinction of captain of the JV team as a sophomore. Through her four years here, she has been consistently looked upon as a leader by her coaches which is why she was named captain of this year’s varsity team.
Despite having never danced before 8th grade, Anna has quickly risen as one of the brightest and best dancers on the team. During this year’s UDA Dance Camp in June, Anna helped lead her team to a Superior Trophy, and individually earned three blue ribbons; the highest distinction given.
Anna’s responsibilities as a captain include choreographing routines for all football and basketball games with the other three captains, and helping to motivate her teammates and provide constant feedback, in what is a very positive way. This season, Anna has helped lead her team to a 3rd place finish at the Plainfield East Invitational in November, and this past weekend the varsity earned a 2nd place finish at the Bremen Invitational.
Team success is usually only achieved through the hard work of each individual, especially a sport such as dance where each move and dancer is scrutinized during a routine. Head coach, Aneta Owen, feels blessed having someone as dependable as Anna to lean on to keep the team motivated, saying, “Anna is extremely caring, always giving 100% in everything she does, but is able to keep the team loose by always being able to make everyone laugh.”
Anna’s leadership goes beyond the dance team, as each of the past two summers she has pursued her passion for helping others at the La Misión orphanage in Baja California, Mexico. Not only has Anna been able to practice for her future career in medicine, but the experience has been rewarding in its own right because of the people she has helped.
“I could communicate pretty well and made great relationships with kids I was working with at the orphanage,” says Anna. She goes on to add, “When we were at the medical clinic, I realized how few people had access to medical care. Just being there and knowing I was helping in some way, even if it was small, got me excited for my future as Pre-Med student.
While attending medical school can be challenging, Anna has laid the foundation for future success here at East. Having enrolled in multiple advanced placement and honors courses, Anna has separated herself from her classmates, earning a 4.3 G.P.A. and having earned scores of a 30 on the ACT and a 1370 on the SAT.
Along with her high achieving marks, Anna has involved herself in numerous ways at East, such as the Science, Spanish, Social Studies, Math, and National Honor Societies, as a member of the student council for four years, and as a Freshman Seminar leader during her junior and senior years. Somewhere along the way, Anna has also managed to fit in over 150 community service and volunteer at Rush Copley Hospital.
What stands out about Anna’s achievements is that whatever she commits to she attacks wholeheartedly, and whatever successes she achieves she does so with humility. Anna’s advanced placement Chemistry teacher, Cari Carlton, understands just what makes Anna so special.
“[Anna] was always focused and determined to achieve her goals,” says Cari. She goes on to say, “[Anna’s] commitment to her studies and her work ethic were extraordinary, and Anna was one of the most kind and caring students I’ve had.”
Anna’s mom, Liisa Seuser, echoes those sentiments by saying, “Anna has a great sense of humor, and an empathetic heart.” She adds, “[Anna] possesses an incredible work ethic, a true zest for learning and is driven by her personal goals to succeed and be happy.”We at East will be sad to see such an amazing and outstanding student such as Anna leave, because she is such a positive influence on everyone around her at school. Anna’s bright future includes attending either Purdue University or the University of Illinois as a Chemistry major, with the hopes of attending physicians assistant schools for two years after.
Wherever life takes Anna, we have no doubt she will serve as an exemplary example of an alumnus from East, and find a high level of success. As the first semester of her senior year comes to a close, she advises future Wolves to, “get involved, and make good relationships with teachers, and don’t be afraid to try something new.”
We wish Anna and her teammates luck as they begin their push towards a birth at the state tournament.