Carrying a passion for science, music, challenges
STEVENS POINT Isaac Dopp enjoys having obstacles — academic or otherwise — placed in front of him and relishes the opportunity to overcome them.

“Having a challenge motivates me, especially when someone thinks I cannot complete it,” said Dopp, 17.

Dopp, a senior at Stevens Point Area Senior High, has succeeded no matter what academic challenges have been put in front of him as a high school student. He carries a 4.0 GPA while taking a course schedule that includes AP biology and chemistry, and he studies Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is on pace to be the valedictorian of his class and plans to attend UW-Madison to double major in biology and music.
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Isaac Dopp

Age: 17
Residence: Stevens Point
School: Stevens Point Area High School
Parents: Julie Dopp and Mike and Kelly Dopp
College Plans: Attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, study to become a microbiologist.
Hobbies: Reading, playing music

“Getting good grades was always something that was important to me,” Dopp said. “I learned that it was better to stay on top of things, especially when I started taking harder and harder classes.”

Dopp has participated in the fall play and winter musical at SPASH, was team captain of the National Oceans Science Quiz Bowl Team, and volunteers at the Boston School Forest, an educational forest affiliated with the Stevens Point Area Public School District.

“Isaac is a well-rounded student who is driven and motivated, and we are proud of his accomplishments,” said Kristin TeWinkle, who is Dopp’s counselor at SPASH. “He’s a great role model to his peers and always gives 100 percent to what he is doing. He has an exciting future ahead of him.”

Dopp said he has always been interested in science and would like to become a microbiologist. He also has considered a future as a science writer, someone who writes on topics for either the general public or the scientific community, after reading the works of Rachel Carson. Carson was a marine biologist and nature writer who is credited with inspiring the global environmental movement.

Dopp also has a passion for music that began when he started teaching himself to play instruments in sixth grade. After trying out the clarinet, flute and percussion, Dopp settled on the oboe and has become an accomplished musician with the instrument. During his high school career, Dopp has performed with both the Wisconsin State Music Association’s Honor Band and the UW-Stevens Point Concert Band. Outside of school, Dopp also volunteers to play in the Stevens Point City Band, which performs weekly concerts throughout the summer.

Dopp’s mother, Julie Dopp, said her son has uncommon drive and a desire to succeed at whatever he does.

“I never need to worry about him,” she said. “He makes good choices, and he’s very good about structuring his time and making sure he gets everything done. Things like that are what is going to help him continue to succeed.”

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