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Success is tradition for St. Charles West Scholar Athlete

Dani Eschweiler, St. Charles West Scholar-Athlete.

Academic rank: 1 of 165

Sports: volleyball

Academic bio: AAUW STEM Award ... DAR Good Citizen Award ... St. Charles DAR essay contest winner ... 4.0 GPA ... top 10 percent ... honor roll ... National Honor Society.

Athletic bio: First-team all-state (two years) ... first-team all-region (two years) ... first-team all-district (three years) ... first-team all-conference (three years) ... MaxPreps All-American third team (two years) ... Post-Dispatch All-Metro third team (two years) ... AVCA Player of the Week (two years) ... all-academic conference team (three years).

Activities: Philosophy Club ... Science Club ... Team Elite St. Louis volleyball club ... English, math and science tutoring ... Chamber Choir.

College, major: South Carolina Upstate, secondary chemistry education

Goal: "My ultimate goal is simply to be happy. I can't be exactly sure of what that entails, so I don't have much more to say."

Favorite subject: Chemistry and English. "Chemistry is interesting because it's the study of virtually everything; learning about it makes me feel like I have better understanding of the entire world. In addition, English is fascinating because it highlights major cultural and societal changes throughout history. It's amazing how literature allows us to see how humanity has evolved in such short periods of time."

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Favorite musician: Rasputina

Role model: "My teachers are definitely my biggest role models; not only do they educate me, but they inspire me to become the best I can be. They are all extremely student-centered and are examples of what I want to be as an educator."

Personal story: "Volleyball my senior year was definitely a family affair. My father was the line judge for all the home games, my younger sister was the starting setter, and my mother was the coach. In fact, my mom was the St. Charles West Scholar-Athlete in 1985!"