Sibley Senior Spotlight: Georgia Meyer
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Georgia Meyer
Posted on 05/15/2015

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

 Georgia Meyer
Senior Georgia Meyer 

Daughter of Margaret and Lowell J. Meyer, from Mendota Heights 

Performing in front of an audience has been a near constant for Georgia Meyer during her time at Henry Sibley High School. Whether through involvement in spring musicals or adding her violin to the Henry Sibley Orchestra, Georgia has plenty of experience on the stage.

In truth, Georgia has been practicing her performance skills since childhood. Long before assuming the roles of section leader and concertmaster for the Sibley Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgia was performing alongside four neighborhood friends in a small community ensemble. Originally performing at the Dakota County Fair as young children, the ensemble has branched out to churches, nursing homes and even weddings.

In addition to her orchestral pursuits, Georgia participates in Jazz Choir (two years), Fiddles and Friends (four years), National Honor Society (two years) and Link Crew (two years). She is a four-year member of the Warriors girls tennis and Nordic skiing teams, serving as a senior captain of the Metro East Conference champion Nordic skiing team. She has received participation letters in orchestra, tennis and Nordic skiing.

Outside of school, Georgia has been involved with the Eagan Encores 4H Club, most recently serving as the group president. Her participation in 4H has helped broaden her performance experiences, including the Minnesota State Fair.

“Over the past 13 years I have been involved in a lot of things through the 4H program, including fine arts, performing arts and even alpaca showmanship. I have received Dakota County champion awards and have performed at the Minnesota State Fair 4H building for the last six years,” Meyer said. “For the last few years I have also held leadership positions in my club; which has taught me how to communicate with large groups of people, how to engage children in learning activities, and how to use Robert's Rules of Order to properly run a meeting.”

Georgia also strives for excellence in the classroom, receiving Academic All-State honors as part of the Sibley girls’ tennis team, as well as a Spotlight on Scholarship honor from the Minnesota State High School League.

During her time at Sibley Georgia has taken many Advanced Placement (AP) courses including, AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Chemistry, AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics. She has also taken two College-in-the-Schools French courses at Sibley through the University of Minnesota.

Georgia previously attended Somerset Elementary School in District 197. Next year she will continue her education at Pennsylvania’s Haverford College, pursuing a degree in anthropology. She also plans to continue her musical education at Haverford.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Georgia: Rigorous curriculum and caring teachers have given me a huge love of learning I couldn't have developed elsewhere. I'm also so thankful that Sibley has offered me so many areas in which I can express myself. Because of the variety of activities and classes I have taken, I now have a better understanding of myself, and what I want to pursue in the future. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
Mr. (Jason) Laux has done a great job making French class a very enjoyable learning experience. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
The Lullaby Concert that the orchestra puts on every February - a concert for little kids where we play Disney tunes and other fun songs - will always stay with me. Performing with my friends and making the little kids smile is definitely a favorite memory of mine. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
Students should try a wide variety of activities. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. 

Anything else you’d like to share about your time at Sibley?
I am forever thankful for the wonderful teachers and faculty that have helped me grow as a student and as a person.

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2015:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Mario Jimenez
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Gravelle
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Michelle Friedmann
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jeyca Maldonado-Medina
-Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award Winner
-Menssen, Wilton, Rocke and Krisko recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-four Sibley students earn AP Scholar honors 
-Courtney Dean named Naitonal Achievement Scholarship semifinalist
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Adrian Rocke