ISI Senior, Margaret Schnabel, is one of this year’s Indiana Academic All-Stars. The Indiana Association of School Principals annually recognizes 90 High School seniors from across the state. Students are judged on a mathematical formula compiling SAT/ACT and grade point average, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service, and involvement. From more than 280 nominations, only 40 are selected to be Indiana Academic All-Stars.
Margaret is also ISI’s second student to be an Indiana University Wells Scholar. The Wells Scholars Program is among the most prestigious merit-based scholarships awarded to undergraduates by any American university and provides full tuition and school fees, as well as living costs, study abroad, and a research project grant. As a Wells Scholar, she is also automatically admitted to the Hutton Honors College at IU.
Want to learn more about Margaret? We did too. Check out her interview responses below:
How long have you been at ISI?
7 years (I came here in 6th grade).
What do you plan to do when you leave ISI?
Get my undergraduate degree as a Wells Scholar at Indiana University—I’m not positive what I want to study yet, but I’m very interested in Cognitive Science and English! I’m eager to mix my passion for the arts with the sciences and explore the connections between the two. After undergrad, I’m hoping to get a master’s degree as well.
Have you received any special honors, merit awards, etc?
The Wells Scholarship at IU (a full ride covering tuition, room and board, study abroad, a stipend for summer research, etc.), Indiana Academic All-Star, National Merit Commended Scholar, Indiana Outstanding High School Student of Spanish, Hoosier Creativity Award for Poetry, Regional Gold Medal for Poetry in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Award of Excellence for the IU Honors study abroad program.
What were your favorite things about your ISI journey?
Some of my best ISI memories are probably from my extracurricular activities: I’ve had such a great time playing on the girls’ soccer team, playing violin in the band for ISI’s musicals, and competing with our robotics club and Model UN team. I’ll also always remember my junior-year English class with Mrs. Erny—it was, without a doubt, one of the best classes of my life, and one of the main reasons why I’m so passionate about English today.
Which achievements are you most proud of?
I’m probably most proud of being chosen to be a Wells Scholar at IU! I was also so excited and surprised to receive the Gryphon Guide Award for girls soccer—I’m not the most experienced player (by a long shot!), but I loved being part of such a fun, dedicated and uplifting team.
How has ISI prepared you for your future?
ISI has given me so many opportunities that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Growing up in an international community has opened up my mind to different perspectives and ideas, and the language skills I’ve learned will open up many doors in my future. While the IB has been challenging, I’m so grateful for its holistic approach, and I know that it means I will be well-prepared for college!
Also, sneak a peek at her profile in the Indiana Academic All-Star program-