Hello! My name is Sydney Stoter, and I am from Califon, New Jersey; a historic, quaint town along the Raritan River that resides in the state’s most scenic county. I attended Voorhees High School and aspire to be a Speech Language Pathologist, due to the fact that I had a speech impediment as a child that caused my name to sound like “Thydney Thoter.” Wanting to study Communication Sciences and Disorders, a rare major offered at the undergraduate level, I decided to apply to Appalachian State University.
I had previewed a virtual tour of App prior to visiting, but my visit in person exceeded the online version! I immediately found comfort in the similar, topographical surroundings of Boone that resemble Hunterdon County’s. I was eased by the smiling faces that greeted me and the sense of community that I already felt after just one day. I am eager to dive into this community while at school by joining clubs and Greek life. I also would like to join the congregation of The Temple of the High Country to continue my religious upbringing.
I have taken advantage of the opportunities that my high school offers throughout my four years. I have been an active member of Key Club since freshman year. I am currently the monthly Bulletin Board Coordinator, Vice President of Spanish Club, Head of Public Relations and Marketing for B+ Club, a Peer Mentor, the Fundraising Chairman for the National Honor Society, and a member of the World Language Honor Society. Throughout my education, I have been on the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll, have been a PARCC Scholar, and have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the DAR Good Citizen Award for my extensive community service. These leadership positions and academic awards have paved the way for me to become involved in App’s community while succeeding in my academic endeavors.
Outside of Voorhees, I have always had a strong connection to Judaism. I have attended Religious School since the Temple Tots program, became a Bat Mitzvah at age 13, was confirmed at age 15, and have been a Teaching Assistant for three years. I am also a member of the Temple Choir and a solo Torah chanter at High Holy Day services. In the summer, I was asked to be a Hebrew tutor for a 5th grade student with dyslexia, and I am very proud of how much she has learned with my assistance. This previously disengaged child now looks forward to Religious School and can chant prayers with her class. Judaism has been a very important aspect of my life, and I hope to join and make an impact on Boone’s temple congregation.
Aside from my temple family, my teammates and coaches at Giant Gymnastics have contributed to the person I am today. I have been a competitive gymnast since first grade and am currently an Xcel Platinum level gymnast. I have competed in State and National Championships throughout the years and have dedicated substantial time and energy to the sport. Gymnastics has taught me perseverance, time management skills, has mentally and physically strengthened me, and has left a handprint on my heart (along with a few broken bones, twisted ankles, and calloused hands!). I will be ending this chapter of my life upon going to college, but am forever thankful for the memories and experiences it has provided me with!
I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, along with the staff at Appalachian who were instrumental in the application and interview process, for naming me as a Wilson Scholar! My favorite memory thus far was answering the personal phone call from Mr. Wilson who congratulated me on being chosen. This is an incredible distinction, and I am confident that it will enrich my time at Appalachian!