Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Hannah Bauer – West De Pere, band, theater
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Hannah Bauer
School: West De Pere
Parents: Kevin and Loretta Bauer
Activity: Band, theater
Hannah Bauer is a senior at West De Pere High School participating in band and theater.
She said she loves to watch Netflix and Snapchat friends.
Bauer said she’d love to be Jennifer Lawrence or some other movie celebrity because it would be fun to try on the gowns you see on the red carpet.
You carry a 4.14 grade-point average. Does it come easy for you?
“Honestly, it doesn’t. It takes lots of hard work, and I usually do lots of studying outside of class. I find history and English classes easier.”
Who would you like to be with if you were trapped in a cave?
“One of my bandmates, Nathan Havey. He’s a percussionist, so he drums on everything. He would be able to take out a wall with his constant drumming, and we could escape.”
Talk about your experiences as a National Honor Society officer.
“It’s lots of fun. My fellow officers and I work to come up with solutions, particularly this year. NHS is volunteer-based, so we’ve had to come up with ideas such as Christmas Cards to provide service to the community while keeping everybody safe.”
What’s your most embarrassing band moment?
“This year in jazz band, my friend Dylan and I were playing a ballad duet, and we were both wildly out of tune and kept playing wrong notes. We are both upperclassmen, and our band director had to stop and start over because all three of us were laughing so hard.”
How do national history competitions work?
“It depends on the category, but for exhibits, there are two rounds. The first is an interview with judges where they ask questions we must answer on the fly. If you advance to the runoffs, there’s no second interview, and the writing and presentation of the exhibit speak for themselves. It’s fun because we get up early to check in and spend the entire day there. We can check out the other exhibits at certain times.”
What’s the hardest part about performing in a theatrical performance?
“Microphone and costume changes. You have to be quiet, and usually, there isn’t lots of time between scenes, depending on the character you play. Also, our auditorium is freezing, so good luck to anyone who wears shorts or a t-shirt as a costume.”
Chicken or turkey?
“Turkey. I love Thanksgiving.”
What’s something about you most people don’t know?
“Sometimes, I play the flute for fun.”
What is GSA?
“It is our school Gender-Sexuality Alliance. It’s a safe space for LGBT+ students and their allies. This year, we’ve been doing Google meets because of COVID-19.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I’m not sure where I want to attend yet, but I’d like to study history and/or music and get a minor or certificate in French.”
Cereal or toast?
What are your hobbies?
“Play with my dogs (Millie and Jasper) and hang out with friends.”
What three words describe you?
“Tired, headstrong, resourceful.”
Flying or driving with friends on a 1,000-mile trip?
If you could go anywhere for a competition, what city would you want to perform in?
“New Orleans. We went there for a jazz band trip a couple of years ago, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
Who’s your favorite performer?
“In my current phase, I like Hozier. His music is calming.”
Montana for the wilderness or Gulf Shores for the beach?
“Montana. I love camping and hiking, and my dogs would have lots of fun.”
On a Sunday morning, you can find me …
“Working the opening 6-2 shift at Taco Bell.”
Headphones or AirPods?
Talk about a volunteer experience.
“My favorite volunteer experience is the De Pere Historical Society at White Pillars. It’s a fun opportunity, and I get to work with old artifacts.”