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A Step Above: A Step Above – Ben Schlichting

Bishop Gorman High School
Class of 2013

Winston Churchill once said that the price of greatness is responsibility. Bishop Gorman High School senior Ben Schlichting proves that adage true as someone who takes the lead in all his endeavors while keeping his eye on the promise of tomorrow. Driven by a passion for law and politics, this articulate and gregarious young man excels at making connections and breaking down barriers, talents that will serve him well in his aspirations to public office. He doesn’t just have a dream for the future; he has a plan to make it better, and that helps place Ben Schlichting – A Step Above.

G.P.A.: 4.06


  • Varsity Golf, 2009-Present
  • Varsity Quiz, 2009-Present; Captain, 2012
  • Mock Trial, 2012
  • Academic Society, 2009-11
  • Mu Alpha Theta, 2011-Present
  • National Honor Society, 2011-Present; President, 2012
  • MicroBank, President and Co-Founder, 2010-Present

Awards/Community Service

  • MVP Award (Golf), 2010
  • Coach’s Award (Golf), 2011-12
  • Student of the Year, Biology Honors & Scholar English, 2010
  • Student of the Year, New Testament Studies, 2011
  • Student of the Year, AP U.S. History, 2012
  • Nevada All-State Academic Team, 2010 & 2012
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2009-12
  • L.I.G.H.T. Retreat, 2010 & 2012
  • First Tee of Southern Nevada, 2009-12

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: “The accomplishment I am most proud of is the creation of the Bishop Gorman MicroBank. We worked so hard to make this dream a reality. Hours of planning paid off when we were able to give our first loan to help someone. We have been able to help end poverty in a small way, but even a small deed can have very big consequences.”

Ben Looks Up To: “To me, my heroes are both my mom and dad. Lately our family has gone through quite a few struggles, but their love for each other, and me, has kept our family together. I am very proud to call myself their son, and the lesson they have taught me is to just keep fighting no matter how hard life can get. I will take this and use it for the rest of my life.”

Part of the Solution: “A key issue facing young adults is recognition and classification. Many adults like to pin young adults as reckless and disrespectful. This is sadly a common misperception. To solve this problem, I would aid in explaining to adults that we are fully capable of accomplishing large tasks and are a respectful and abiding group of citizens. The young and the old have to come together in order to become a more unified country.”




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