"Bailey is one of the most friendly, caring and unselfish students I have had in all my years teaching. She lives her life by the Golden Rule to treat others like she wants to be treated. I see her as a young adult that wants to make a difference in others' lives," her teacher said.
"Studying and making sure I balance my time that's been more of what has been a challenge," she said of school.
Watertown senior Bailey Lear has made several decisions that help shape her future.
"Not only does she have high academic ability, she works very hard. She stands out because she is willing to do the hard work needed to succeed in everything she does. Her positive attitude is contagious and this adds so much to the atmosphere of the class she is enrolled," Kellogg Andrus said.
She also is glad she signed up for the harder classes her senior year, even though she knows she could have decided to take it easy.
"My cousin and I had a competition one time, and I wasn't going to lose," she said. "I love competition."
sister, both 9, from a Haitian orphanage during her eighth grade year. That decision gave her perspective and a sister willing to share shoes, clothes and a bathroom.
Lear works well in collaborative groups, helps others with the challenging concepts of AP biology and as a leader, wants to listen to others' ideas, Kellogg Andrus said.
Lear is enthusiastic Adidas Women's Energy Boost Neutral Running Shoes about most things. When learning comes easily, she chooses to add more to her load. In geography, instead of learning the countries of Africa as required, she added in capitals to put in more effort.
In school, biology teacher Jensi Kellogg Andrus said Lear loves learning and is humble about her successes.
When Lear considers her future and what her choices in high school have meant, she is thankful for a group of really good friends.
When she gave an assignment on phamacogenetics recently, Lear returned to the class excited about what she had learned. "I knew that she wants to be a pharmacist so thought she would really enjoy learning about this advancement in medicine. Her enthusiasm for what she learned was very evident and she expresses how much she enjoyed learning about the topic," Kellogg Andrus said.
Her sports are softball and dance, and she loves fantasy football. She's also a dedicated spectator at the Arrows football and basketball games, she said.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Gold Honor Roll, first chair percussionist in the Watertown Symphonic Band, on the Watertown Community Foundation Youth Council, FCA member and a Special Olympics volunteer.
"The best choice was probably the kids, to adopt them," she said. "It's had such an impact on me and has affected my whole future and what I plan to do."
But there's a family choice that goes beyond all others and has helped her look at her future as a pharmacy student with hopes of getting to do a rotation in an international setting, maybe even Haiti, to help others fight diseases.
She picked pharmacy as her area of study when she becomes a freshman next fall at South Dakota State University. She likes that the program is top notch and that it's close to home so she won't miss out on so much of her siblings' lives.
"Why wouldn't we bring someone into my family and give them an opportunity here?" she asked. "I was totally on board from the beginning."
And she was involved in choosing to adopt her brother and Harden Imma Be A Star Buy
"It's just a good time to catch up with each other, to talk about what we're thankful for and what we're having problems with," she said.
Lear credits her mom, Jill, a school psychologist, for helping her stay organized and get everything done. Adidas Eqt Adv Olive
She credits a great memory for her ability to easily get through high school. Adidas Eqt Adv Support
Her mom taught her to schedule her day to fit in school, activities and her job at Applebee's, where she has been employee of the month. And before bed each night the entire family meets for devotions in the hallway.
The straight A student and 2014 Argus Leader Academic All Star chose to take four AP classes her senior year because she wanted to learn how to study for challenging, college level courses.
If you tell her something once, she remembers it. For example, she knows 250 digits of pi.
Bailey Lear keeps school
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