Senior thrives without spotlight
Brainerd High School senior Zach Meyer doesn’t mind talking about his accomplishments but he also isn’t one to blow his own horn.
He doesn’t have to, however, as the accomplishments speak for themselves — National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Youth as Resources, soccer, golf and Relay for Life volunteer, just to name a few.
Meyer, 17, Brainerd, son of Dan and Sue Meyer, will graduate June 2 with a 4.2 grade point average and ranked fourth out 509 seniors at Brainerd High School.
“Zach is one of those kids that has done very well in a lot of things,” said Brainerd High School Principal Andrea Rusk. “However, Zach is not an attention seeker, he isn’t craving the limelight but if you really take look at what he’s done at BHS you’ll see he has a number of outstanding accomplishments, lots of involvement.
“He’s a kid that’s going to very quietly be successful.”
Meyer said he’s winding down his senior year, having finished final tests in advanced placement calculus, physics and Spanish classes, and preparing for the next steps of his education.
This summer, he plans to stay busy working a part-time job at the driving range at Madden’s on Gull Lake and as referee for soccer matches.
“I’ve got to make some money before going off to school,” Meyer said in an interview Tuesday.
That school will be Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he will be a pre-med student pursuing a degree in exercise science. His ultimate goal, he said, is to become a doctor.
Though he looked at several colleges — including the University of Minnesota, Valparaiso University and the University of North Carolina, his second choice — Meyer said he liked the health science program at Marquette. He also knew he wanted to be at a bigger school outside of Minnesota.
“Just so I can experience new things, get out a little bit and live on my own a little more and see what it’s like,” Meyer said. “It will be a little different but it will be nice to start new adventures and stuff.”
Meyer said he’s always looking at ways to challenge himself, to seek new accomplishments. On Saturday, he will participate in his first Brainerd High School triathlon.
“I like to stay in shape and I think it would be a cool thing to accomplish, to be able to say I’ve done it,” Meyer said.
Sports are important to Meyer, and they’ve provided some of his best memories of his high school years. When asked to name his most memorable moments of high school, he recalls attending sporting events, especially football games, along with attending other school events and the friends he’s made over the years.
When asked what specific sporting event stood out, Meyer recalled one in which he participated — a soccer match this year against Fergus Falls.
“It’s memorable for me, at least, because I almost cost us the game and then got it back and helped us win the game,” Meyer said. In the game, he said, he missed a penalty kick with about 10 minutes left to play, and then in overtime helped create the winning goal. It was remarkable, he said, because of the rivalry between the schools and the fact that up until last year his team hadn’t beat Fergus Falls before.
At Marquette, Meyer said he hopes to continue to stay active in sports at the intramural and club levels. And of course, he will be a Marquette athletic booster.
“Yeah, I’m a big sports junkie,” Meyer said.
MATT ERICKSON may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5857.