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Beeler stellar student at Centennial
by Angela Spencer
January 23, 2013 11:24 AM | 2172 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eric Beeler said that he works best under pressure, and the Centennial senior knows how to add just enough to his already full plate to make his last year in high school a success.

“This year I’m actually taking all AP classes,” he said. “I actually got the highest grades I’ve ever gotten this year. I’m one of those people who likes to have a lot of things in front of me and that motivates me.”

Beeler is already defining what he wants to do after college. He identified himself as a political person; he has interned with Con. Tom Price and will be going to Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Senate Youth Program in March.

Last year Beeler was accepted to be a page in the U.S. Houses of Representatives for his junior year. The program was cut due to budget constraints, but Beeler took what he describes as one of the biggest disappointments in his life and turned it into motivation to learn something new.

“I realized I had to do something crazy,” he said. “I applied and got a full scholarship to spend two months in China this summer. It completely changed my life.”

This opportunity came through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth when Beeler was looking into studying abroad. He started looking into studying in Spain, but when he found out the language initiative offers scholarships for students learning “critical languages” such as Mandarin Chinese he decided to change his plan.

Currently he is taking a directed study in Mandarin Chinese. He is also considering taking a gap year between this year and college to go back to China on the same scholarship.

Aside from his studies, Beeler is senior class president, president and founder of the Key Club at Centennial, debate team captain, a chairman of the Georgia Governors Commission on Teen Driving and he serves on the board of directors for Keep Roswell Beautiful.

Beeler has applied at nine colleges to further his education and is looking for a school with an urban campus.

“I don’t think success is limited to the classroom, and that’s a really important thing to me that I live in a city environment,” he said.

At this time he has set his hopes on the University of Chicago and is thinking about majoring in International Relations with a minor in Chinese.

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