December 2016 Alumni Highlight- Aanika Schueler
Where are they now? -Aanika started at Westmont in 2006 when she was three years old and completed two wonderful years at the school under the tutelage of Mrs. Gruetzmaker. Aanika’s favorite things to do were reading, math beads, writing a journal, arts & crafts and playing on the playground. She learned many important things while at Westmont. Thanks to the independence that was offered, Aanika began reading at a very early age. She was taught the importance of organization, discovery, sharing and being a good playmate. Aanika was thrilled this past summer to be a junior camp counselor to give back to the school that gave her such a great start. She had a blast working with and getting to know the new Westmont children during Spanish week, and she is looking forward to being a junior camp counselor again next summer!
Aanika is currently enrolled in eighth grade at the Black River Middle School in Chester. She has achieved Principal’s Honor Roll in every marking period to date. She is an organized and hardworking student and enjoys the process of learning. She is a Peer Leader this year at Black River and enjoys being in a position to volunteer in school. Aanika is also very excited to volunteer her time at the Somerset Hills YMCA this year as part of the Saturday’s in Motion program, which helps children with autism and their families.
Aanika’s favorite activities are swimming and track & field, and she excels at both. Aanika swims for the Somerset Hills YMCA swim team and swam in the YMCA States and NJ Junior Olympics this past March 2016 in just her second year of swimming. She has been a sprinter on the Chester Track & Field team for five years and consistently earns first place in her events in the League Championships. Aanika also took the gold medal this past year in the Lakeland Track & Field Pentathlon competition, where top athletes competed in the 100M, 200M, long jump, shot put and mile.
Westmont provided a wonderful foundation for Aanika and gave her the key principles that continue to drive her today. She loves to learn and discover new things to improve herself and achieve her goals. We are very proud of her!
Submitted by: Niketa Schueler Proud Mom