ICON of the Month: Anne Ameis

Roncalli High School valedictorian stands out both in and out of the classroom

Compiled by Nicole Davis and Roncalli High School

Anne Ameis

Recently named the class of 2022 valedictorian for Roncalli High School, Anne Ameis dedicates her time both in and out of the classroom. She will graduate with an Academic Honors Diploma with Distinction. Throughout high school, she earned four A’s with the remainder of the grades being A+’s. This was done while completing 36 credits of honors courses. Ameis’ academic honors include Pre-Calc Accelerated Outstanding Student of the Year, AP Chemistry Outstanding Student of the Year, Geometry Honors Outstanding Student of the Year, Chemistry Honors Outstanding Student of the Year and named as a Rising Star of Indiana.

Outside of the classroom, Ameis is committed to serving her community. She serves as an executive board member of the South Deanery Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital for Children, volunteers at Eskenazi Health hospital and assists at the Saints Francis and Clare’s Harvest Food Pantry. She co-founded Roncalli’s Earth Club, which restarted the school’s recycling program. She also takes care of the school’s garden. The Earth Club delivers the produce to Servant’s Heart Food Pantry and flowers to homebound parishioners of St. Jude.

“I am involved in my community because I recognize that I have been blessed with the gift of living a comfortable lifestyle,” Ameis stated. “I am more fortunate than others, so I like to make sure that I can do what is in my power to positively impact the lives of those around me who are less fortunate. A community relies on the service of its members, and I believe that it is important for everyone to realize that they can play a role in strengthening their communities through volunteering. After every service opportunity, I feel so fulfilled in the work that I am doing because I can actually see the difference I am making in people’s lives, which encourages me to continue serving and helping those in need.”

Ameis, who attended Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi Catholic School, plans to major in biology on the pre-medical track. She is the daughter of Marie and Michael Ameis.

What do you consider your greatest virtue?


What do you most deplore in others?


What do you like most about living in Johnson County?

Memories of childhood because this is where I have grown up

If you had to live elsewhere than in Hendricks County, where would it be?


If you could begin life over, what would you change?

Make more decisions outside of my comfort zone

If money were no issue, how would you spend it?

Charities in support of women’s rights and animal rights; methods to improve the

environment; cancer research; travel

What makes you happiest?

Being with friends and family

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Banff, Canada

What do you do with idle time?

Bike, hike, shop, volunteer and hang out with friends

What is it that makes you angry?

Stereotypes and social inequalities

What do you do to escape from reality?

Spend time outside and listen to Taylor Swift

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family

 Which living person in Johnson County do you most admire?

Emily Gramman (K-5th and 11-12th best friend)

What is the quality you most like in a person?


What is your greatest extravagance?


What are your fears, phobias?

Bugs and germs

What has been the happiest time of your life?

Volunteering at Eskenazi Hospital and watching a surgery

Which talent would you most like to possess?

Ability to make anyone’s pain and suffering disappear

What do you most value in your friends?

Empathy and support

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Rosalind Franklin – she paved the way for women in STEM

What is your greatest regret?

Not continuing with high school basketball beyond my freshman year

What tenet do you live by?

You only live once (yolo)