Eliza Walther is fearless. The Huntington High School sophomore is always ready to step outside her usual comfort zone and experience something new.
The teenager is always growing in every possible way and she is well on her way to becoming one of Huntington’s stars.
“I travelled for three weeks throughout Europe with the American Music Abroad program,” Ms. Walther said. “We visited France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland where we performed concerts and visited lots of historic places. Our first concert was at the World War II Memorial at Normandy beach in France, which was very sobering to think of all the people that died there.”
The trip was a whirlwind, to say the least. “We also performed at many churches and concert halls along the way, often receiving standing ovations and treats from the viewers,” Ms. Walther said. “I visited Dachau concentration camp in Germany took a gondola ride to the top of the Swiss Alps, had a snowball fight at the top of a glacier in Austria and took a boat ride through Bruges, Belgium.”
To say the trip was filled with culture and history would be an understatement. “My favorite place was Belgium because it was so pretty and the people were very welcoming,” Ms. Walther said. “Another place I loved was Dinkelsbuhl, Germany. This city was enclosed by a wall on all sides and was so very pretty. I made a lot of new friends from many different places. It was a really priceless experience. I still can’t believe I was so fortunate.”
Ms. Walther’s current academic schedule includes classes in Advanced Placement World History, English 10 Honors, Algebra 2 Honors, Regents Chemistry and Spanish 3 Honors.
A third year member of the Blue Devil marching band, Ms. Walther also plays on the junior varsity soccer team. She volunteers with Huntington’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, is a Natural Helper and is a member of the Interact Club. Last year, she was a Relay For Life event leader and team captain.
With thoughts of her summer trip to Europe still dancing in her head, Ms. Walther is set for a fabulous sophomore year.