Valerie O


Major: Biochemistry

Nickname(s): Val

Hometown: Watertown, WI

High School: Watertown High School

Size of Graduating Class: 300

Sports/Clubs/Orgs Val Participated in: Cross-Country, Track and Field, Fall Musicals, Carolers, Show Choir, Solo Ensemble (Exemplary Award for a Soprano Solo), NHS, Tri-M Music Honors Society Secretary, Model UN, Math Team, Academic Decathalon

Awards Received: Co-Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, College of Letters & Science Theodore Herfurth Scholarship Award

Why Val Chose Her Major: "I want to go to medical school to become a pediatrician. I love working with children, and my Grandpa's profession as a physician inspired me to pursue a medical career. "

Favorite Things: "Playing piano, reading, musicals, mint chocolate chip ice cream, otters, the colors of Fall, film scores, (and most of all) spending time with my family"

Dislikes: Mice, ignorance, not enough sleep, technology/social media

Favorite Place In Val's Home-State: Minocqua (looking out at the lake)

One Word That Describes Val's Personality: Determined

Favorite Color: Purple

When Val was a kid, she wanted to be a: Ballerina

Favorite Music Groups/Acts: Everything! Classical music, Christian music/hymns, musical theater, pop (Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5), rock (Queen, Journey, The Beatles), alternative (Coldplay), and some country (Johnny Cash)

If Val had a free night to do whatever she wanted, she would: "Take my siblings out for a night of fun, full of pizza, games, and laughter."

Hero/Heroine: "My younger brother Austin - Despite his autistic challenges, he lives life to the fullest and has the biggest heart I know. "

Goals as a Wisconsin Singer: To grow as a performer all-around, and spread the love of music with others.