Student Spotlight – Elisa Swanson of Francis Howell Central High School

Posted on 09/21/2016

Every month during the school year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Board of Education welcomes the best and brightest students the community has to offer to their meetings. This month, Elisa Swanson from Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School, was on hand to demonstrate the kind of well-rounded students who excel in FHSD. Whether it’s on the sports field, in the classroom, or being a role model to others in and out of school, Swanson embodies the kind of wide-ranging talent and leadership FHSD strives to develop.

The daughter of Ching and Eric Swanson, Elisa plans to go into Actuarial Science, which applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance, and other professions/industries. Though she is currently undecided, Elisa’s top choices for furthering her education are Drake University in Iowa, Maryville in St. Louis, and Twin Cities in Minnesota. A student like Elisa certainly has options. Her most recent Grade Point Average (GPA) was 4.85, but her book acumen barely scratches the surface of Elisa’s canvas full of skills and experience.

Elisa is a leader at FHC, serving as Junior Class President and also on the Principal’s Council (including Vice President of the Council this year). She’s the National Honor Society President for FHC, a Silver Shield honoree (which honors hard work, dedication, and perseverance), and represented FHC and FHSD at Girls State and the Missouri Scholar Academy. Her leadership translates to sports, as well, as she has captained the tennis team for the last two years, and played and managed basketball. Elisa has also been on the soccer and track and field teams.

Highly involved at her school, Elisa shows pride in everything she does. She has worked on the school’s newspaper, first as the Entertainment Editor and now the Multimedia Editor-in-Chief. She also has served in leadership positions for Epsilon Beta (a library service club) for the last three years, and she also somehow finds time to help tutor students in Math.

All that involvement makes you wonder when Elisa gets a moment to relax. Well, she’s just as involved in her community as she is at FHC. Elisa has been on the Spencer Library’s Teen Advisory Board since sixth grade, volunteers with KEEN St. Louis (which works with children who are differently-abled) since last summer, and even referees soccer games for SCCYSA.

With this kind of talent, drive, and leadership, Elisa, the future statistical guru, won’t need numbers to prove how she took full advantage of her time at FHC. Her proof will be the better school she left for all who follow her.



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