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Koch ready to combine her two passions into one

Sophia Koch is the Salutatorian for the Spring Valley Class of 2014. (Herald photo by Jason Schulte)3 / 3

SPRING VALLEY – On a survey earlier this year, when Sophia Koch asked who or what inspired her, she replied, “The fantastic…Interpret that how you will.”

Koch went into a little more detail earlier this month.

“Things that are strange, or wonderful, or anything I find different,” the 2014 Spring Valley High School Salutatorian said. “People, events in history.”

Koch explained she came from an artistic family and her interest in the subject blossomed as she got into high school.

“I’ve always enjoyed creating things,” she said. She credited the high school’s art program, especially teacher Jim Herold.

Koch will attend UW-River Falls in the fall with an interest in the science or journalism fields. Her long-range goal is to write for National Geographic.

“I love fiction, but science can top it every time,” she said. “How things work and why they work have been very interesting to me.”

As for choosing River Falls, she liked its proximity to Spring Valley, its diversity, and reputation in the science and journalism programs.

Throughout her high school years, Koch was a member of cross country, including the state championship team last year, Art club and Band. She’s also participated in the Spring Valley Eagles 4-H Club.

Koch said another highlight for her besides the state championship team was being a member of the Science Olympiad team that participated in the National Ocean Science Bowl in Seattle earlier this month.

“Seattle was pretty cool,” she said. “There were lots to see. We met a lot of people from other schools. It was a great experience.”

She also said her senior year has gone by “unnaturally quick, but now it’s crumbling.” Furthermore, after coming back from Seattle, the motivation for school has finally waned as well.

Koch has a younger brother, Eli, and is the daughter of John and Deborah Koch.

“I’ll be staying at home for a while, once I do leave, I think I’ll miss them more,” she said. “But I think it’s pretty even.”

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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