May 30, 2017
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Claire Czerwonka

St. Joseph Catholic Academy


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Parents:

Christian and Tracie Czerwonka, Kenosha

Favorite class:

AP Calculus

Most influential teacher:

Grace Kim, AP Calculus

“Mrs. Kim is very passionate about AP Calculus and is one of the best teachers at my high school. She knows the subject very well and always makes sure that her students understand as well. She has inspired me to pursue a career relating to calculus and has taught me to love the subject.”

Most memorable high school moment:

“Winning the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 individual state singles tennis championship my sophomore, junior and senior years. I was the first athlete in St. Joseph Catholic Academy history to capture a WIAA state title and the fourth female athlete to win three individual state singles tennis titles.”

School activities:

National Honor Society, Peer Helpers/Tutors, Performing Arts/Theater, Key Club, French Club

School athletics:

Tennis

School offices held:

Tennis team captain, 2016

Honors received:

National Honor Society; Holy Rosary Sports Night co-winner of Female Athlete of the Year (2016); three-time WIAA D2 state champion; three-time sectional champion (2014-2016); four-time metro conference champion (2013-2016); high honors honor roll (2013-2016); World French Language Award (2016), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Prep Plus Featured Student Athlete of the Week Award (2016); All Area First Team, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2014-2016); Most Valuable Player, tennis (2014-2016); Kenosha News/Palmen Sports Athlete of the week (2013 and 2016); Wisconsin Sports Ngin Athlete of the week (2014); Holy Rosary Sports Night Recognition Award (2014 and 2015)

Out-of-school activities or hobbies:

United States Tennis Association member since 2009; Game, Set, Match Tennis Camp founder and head coach, offering a free tennis camp to children/adults with special needs, complex learners and other learning disabilities; Wisconsin Team Tennis member - World Team Tennis Division, Milwaukee, representing the State of Wisconsin at the midwest competition level; volunteer at the St. Therese Festival, Holy Rosary Festival, Wisconsin Upside Down charity events, Wisconsin Marathon, Shalom Center, Brookside Nursing Home, Walkin’ in My Shoes (donated my shoes and clothes to this organization) and the SJCA Ash Wednesday fish fry

College:

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

Field of study:

Engineering

Career plans:

Biomedical engineering

Lifetime goal:

“I hope to further my career in biomedical engineering by saving people’s lives. By making prosthetic organs, artificial devices that replace body parts, and machines to diagnose medical problems, I hope to further research in the medical area. I want to help people out in as many ways as I can, and by doing something that I am passionate about.”

Role model:

My mother

“My mother has always been somebody I looked up to. She has taught me invaluable life lessons and is always there for me. She has shaped me into the person that I am today, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. As I grow up, if I am just half of the person that she is, I would live a very happy life.”


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