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Meet Elise Kersten: Science News Columnist

Meet seventeen-year-old Elise Kersten, horseback rider, musician, and student extraordinaire. Fitting to her talents, Elise will be writing your Science News column this year. Living in Phoenix, Maryland, with a thirteen-year-old brother, a three-year-old sister, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Digory, and soon a horse, her life is never dull. She tells me she is a happy-go-lucky INTJ, a perfectionistic, and hyper. Besides riding horses and playing the violin, she likes reading, running around, writing songs, exploring the woods, birdwatching, chasing deer, and bothering frogs in the ponds that her brother and her dig. Her favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo; her favorite authors are Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, William Shakespeare, and Nathaniel Hawthorne; her favorite food is her mom’s homemade blueberry pie; her favorite color is green; her favorite animals are horses; and her favorite TPS class was French IV.

Elise will be taking AP French and AP Calculus AB with TPS this year, along with AP Chemistry and AP English Language outside of TPS. She says her favorite subject is definitely science because she “loves how the more you start to understand it, the more you realize you don’t understand anything. It’s so complicated, yet it’s governed by simple mathematical principles that even I can use to solve problems and make predictions with.” She says her least favorite subject is history, although she does get excited about certain topics such as the Reformation and the American Revolution. Elise will mostly likely be pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or engineering.

She is very enthusiastic about Bach because he is so logical and organized, and she notes that her favorite composition of his is Chaconne. She also enjoys the work of many other classical composers, including Handel, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy. She says that she is known for breaking into song randomly, coming up with crazy ideas, cracking lots of jokes, always wearing dresses, and nerding out. Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:1, which reads “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Keep an eye out for Elise’s column!


  1. Oh you’re an INTJ too? I never knew. What extension? I’m INTJ-T.