The Times photo by Betsy ReasonThe Times former NHS intern Hannah Derleth is succeeding in the BSU Honors College.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

The Times former NHS intern Hannah Derleth is succeeding in the BSU Honors College.

When The Times' former Noblesville High School intern Hannah Derleth wanted to meet one morning during her Winter Break to tell me all about her freshman year in college, she didn't have to ask me twice.

Well, she did, sort of. You see, we had to work around her busy schedule, being that she was working a lot of hours as a cashier at Kohl's in Noblesville.

I'm not surprised that she is so busy. I actually don't know how she fit every activity into her life when she was a senior, interning for The Times.

At NHS, she was copy editor and opinions editor for the Mill Stream school newspaper and participated in Black and Gold Band. She had a part-time job after school at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, taught piano lessons and did baby-sitting. She was also in Life Teen Youth Group at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, which awarded her an Altar Rosary Scholarship.

And that wasn't the only scholarship she received. The 2016 NHS grad earned a Ball State University Presidential Award for half tuition at BSU and a BSU Honors Residency Award for room and board. She also earned award money from NHS journalism teacher's Gift of Grace scholarship, Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and two other groups.

Hannah told me she has changed her major from Journalism to Marketing with minors in Economics and Professional Writing. She's also found a job as a marketing assistant at BSU's Unified Media Advertising and Creative Suite.

She is also volunteering with the Feb. 25 BSU Dance Marathon, which raises money for Riley Hospital for Children. Her personal goal is to raise $369. Fittingly, she is on the marathon's marketing and communication committee, helping to design advertising, run social media and connect with media outlets.

She said, "Not only do I get to do what I love, but I get to give back to the Riley kids and their families."

But while I am so proud of our former intern, I am especially proud that Hannah is among the top 1,100 to 1,200 high-ability students in Ball State Honors College, based on grade point average, extracurriculars, SATs, college prep classes, references and an essay.

In the Honors College, she benefits from unique opportunities, competes for major scholarships, explores special-interest topics, has priority scheduling, lives in honors-residence housing, has peer mentors and attends special events.

She's on the Student Honors Council, being a liaison between honors students and the Honors College governing body. "The group really enforces practicing leadership and teamwork," she said.

Within the Honors College, she helps produce News & Notes, a publication dedicated to highlighting students and faculty whose "creativity and drive make being in the Honors College worthwhile."

"Being in the Honors College has been one of the best things that has happened to me," she told me. "Here, I am surrounded by like-minded people who want those academic challenges and want to do more with their life."

Hannah said, "I go to Honors classes, and I'm surrounded by kids who are so very different than me and grew up in a different world compared to what I'm used to. It's those peers that change my way of thinking, and make me a better person."