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Marilyn Zahrt: The girl who balances it all

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Junior Marilyn Zahrt on her way to her AP classes. Photo Credit to: Natalie Herson

Junior Marilyn Zahrt on her way to her AP classes.
Photo Credit to: Natalie Herson

“I believe everyone should challenge themselves when learning to balance school, sports and social life,” Zahrt said. “Just remember to always take a step back and recognize that there are only 24 hours in a day and to make each minute beneficial to yourself and your aspirations in life.”  

With demanding classes, athletics and social activities, junior Marilyn Zahrt has discovered the art to balancing it all.  Zahrt has submerged herself into the realities of high school, getting involved in almost every aspect it has to offer.  She is currently taking four AP classes, just finished two sports and still finds a few hours to socialize with her fellow peers.  Zahrt has given insight on how she manages her schedule.

“Time management is very important,” Zahrt said. “My hard classes and sports have me taking advantage of every second of every day.”

This year, Zahrt is enrolled in AP calculus, AP World History, AP Language and Composition, Spanish 4 and AP Chemistry.  AP courses are weighted more than regular classes to boost a grade point average and provide college credit if the final exam is passed.  With a current 4.053 GPA, Zahrt hopes for improvement with all of the weight coming in from her A’s and her one B+ to secure a spot in the top 10 percentile of her class. Zahrt keeps track of her schedule and grades by utilizing her resources such as pinnacle parent viewer online.

Not only is she taking some of the most difficult classes offered at Gull Lake, but Zahrt is also involved in school athletics.  She just completed her 5th year of school volleyball since she started in the seventh grade.  This was her first year on the varsity squad, and said she had so much fun throughout the entire season and learned a lot from her experiences on the team.  While playing volleyball, she was also playing club soccer.

“Some days after school I would go straight from volleyball practice to soccer practice and not get home until nine o’clock when I had hours of school work to complete,” Zahrt said. “On an average night, I usually stay up until three in the morning to finish preparing for school the next day, which is very hard to manage.”

Despite hours of school work and hours of sports, Zahrt still manages to have a social life and be with her friends.

“I always will find time to go to football games on a Friday night or be with my friends, because although I am very serious about my responsibilities for school, I also have a responsibility to myself to have a good time and enjoy my high school experience,” Zahrt said.

Zahrt said she takes pride in her ability to challenge herself with her current classes and extracurricular activities.  Her high goals for this year and her future propel her to always do her best.

“People always wonder why I take such hard classes along with the other activities I am involved in,” Zahrt said. “I always strive to be successful and try my hardest because I ultimately want to get into a good college and know that all my hard work paid off.”

To any other young Gull Lake students looking to follow in her footsteps, Zahrt believes it’s worth the challenge.

“I believe everyone should challenge themselves when learning to balance school, sports and social life,” Zahrt said. “Just remember to always take a step back and recognize that there are only 24 hours in a day and to make each minute beneficial to yourself and your aspirations in life.”


Abigail Stark
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My name is Abigail Stark. I am a sophomore and a first year staff member. I enjoy writing opinion and review articles, and look forward to a successful year!

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