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BEA’s Stevermer honored with Triple ‘A’ award

Senior’s interest in economics leads her to pursue business degree

January 20, 2019
Kevin Mertens - Register Staff Writer (kmertens@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register

She is a young woman with big plans and she has a good start to achieving her goals.

Callie Stevermer is this year's female recipient of the Triple "A" award which recognizes students who excel in arts, academics and athletics.

Stevermer has already been accepted into the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. And while she is excited about the thought of attending that school, she is still waiting to hear from the University of Chicago to see if she could get into that university.

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Callie Stevermer, this year’s Triple ‘A’ award recipient, has been active in many areas at Blue Earth Area shools including orchestra, Business Professionals of America, basketball and more. She plans to pursue a future in business after graduation from BEA.

"Realistically there is not a very good chance of getting into the University of Chicago because their acceptance rate is only eight percent," Stevermer notes. "But their business school is on par with Harvard so it would be pretty cool."

Economics and the stock market are two areas she is interested in.

Stevermer explained she has an aunt who has been a big influence in the development of her goals.

"My aunt Natalie, who is my mother's half sister, attended the U of Chicago," Stevermer explains. "She is the chief of staff at United Airlines in Chicago."

Stevermer lives on a farm a few miles south of Easton. Her father Joe, is a farmer while her mother, Teresa, is a nurse practitioner. She is the youngest of four girls. Her older sisters are Katelyn, Jenna and Shayna.

During the school year, Stevermer explains she gets out of bed at 7 a.m. in the morning and makes it to school by 8 a.m. even with the 20 minute drive.

"I can get myself ready for school pretty fast in the morning, it doesn't take long and I am ready to go," Stevermer remarks.

She gets done with classes at 2:20 p.m., and because she is a senior she is able to get out early, so it is off to gain strength in the weight room or she does some core training. During the winter, she will have basketball practice at either 3:20 or 7 p.m.

When practice is finished it is time to get back in the car and journey back to the farm to start on homework.

When asked about what she does in her spare time, Stevermer laughs, "I don't know, I don't really have a life outside of school."

But she does get to relax sometimes. Stevermer enjoys the outdoors and living on a farm gives her plenty of opportunity to do just that, although she says she would prefer to be boating on a lake or swimming.

In the winter time she likes to snowmobile but the weather has not cooperated very much so far this year, she comments.

Stevermer did not start attending school at Blue Earth Area until the fifth grade. It was then she transferred from the United South Central School District.

Academically, she is a straight "A" student. Though she may be concentrating on a business major in college, one of her favorite classes in high school was the physics class taught by Mark Franta.

"The egg drop in physics was so fun. We (the students) had to wrap eggs to try and prevent them from breaking when Mr. Franta threw them off the school roof," Stevermer explains. "And he did his best to break those eggs."

One of the exciting things for Stevermer academically was the formation of a Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter at the high school this year. This was something directly related to what she was interested in.

Competing at the regional contest held earlier in January, Stevermer was successful in qualifying for the state competition in two different categories.

The financial analysis team she is a member of took second place and she also qualified as an individual by placing third in the business law category.

She has been playing violin since the fifth grade and is a member of the senior high orchestra.

When it comes to sports, it would be somewhat of an understatement to say Stevermer is very active she has lettered in three sports. Those are cross country, basketball and track. She started participating in those activities in seventh grade and has continued throughout her high school career.

When she wasn't active in her own sport she was busy keeping the football players hydrated and wrapping ankles as a trainer for the varsity football team this past fall.

Stevermer was also on the trap shooting team her freshman and sophomore years. She says her best performance was hitting 21 of 25 targets in a round.

Other highlights of her years in high school, Stevermer says, include being on the track team when they won back-to-back State True Team championships.

She was also a Girl's State representative where she was elected to be a Supreme Court justice. Stevermer is a member of the peer helping group at the high school, as well.

When she does have down time, she says she loves to get together with her friends to just "hang out" or maybe take a trip to Mankato to see the Minneopa Falls. She also mentions that decorating for homecoming was a lot of fun.

She loves to attend concerts though some of her favorite performers are from a previous generation. Guns N' Roses, Journey and Def Leppard are among the acts she has been able to see and enjoy with her mother.

As she nears the end of her high school career she offers this piece of advice to her fellow students, "Get involved, it pays off."

Whether she ends up at the University of Chicago or the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota, she says she will look back on her time at Blue Earth Area with a smile.

"I have enjoyed it, I will definitely look back fondly at my time spent at BEA," Stevermer says.

 
 

 

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