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Earl student charts path to success
Dennis Earl Elementary student Cheyanne Schraeder took a bad bully situation and turned it into a positive experience. - photo by Photo Contributed
While Cheyanne Schraeder may seem like any other American tween, with cheerleading and the “Twilight” series being her favorite things, she gets an opportunity most children her age don’t even know about.  
Her birth in Germany gives her the privilege of having a dual citizenship that she gets to use next summer when she visits her extended family with her dad. Although Schraeder is excited about her upcoming European adventure, she has big plans in mind right here in Turlock.  
Being the youngest of six siblings, paths have already been set and she wants to follow in the footsteps of her twin sisters. Her future plans begin with Dutcher Middle School next year, the swim team in high school and then attending CSU Stanislaus to become a teacher.
Schraeder has already been playing an active role in her community. She can be seen cheering on the sidelines for Turlock Youth Cheer, doing the backstroke for the Turlock Marlins or earning badges for her Girl Scout vest.  She also loves helping out less fortunate children.    
During her busy schedule balancing school and extracurricular activities, Cheyanne makes an effort to please everyone, said Holly Schraeder, her mother. She doesn’t like when people are mad at her.  
“If I am upset with her, she writes me little notes to make sure I still love her and I am not mad at her anymore,” she said. “It is really cute.”  
Even with charm and extra efforts to please others, most children can’t seem to escape the experience of being bullied throughout school. Cheyanne couldn’t escape the bullying last year but she did learn how to switch it into a positive experience.  
Instead of running away or switching classes she became a part of an anti-bullying campaign on campus. She made T-shirts and posters to help teach others how to deal with bullying and to learn more herself.  
Her positive outlook on life, active participation in different organizations and her academic achievements make her the well-rounded person she is today, according to her teachers.  
“She is a student that every teacher hopes to get in their class,” said Xavier Huertas, her sixth grade teacher at Dennis Earl Elementary.  
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.