Ciara Kowalczyk, daughter of Dan and Beth Kowalczyk, has been named the Student of the Month for October by Royalton High School (RHS) faculty.
Kowalczyk is active in National Honor Society, FFA, Student Council, track and field and Just for Kix dance.
As captain of the cross country team, “She has a gift for keeping the team atmosphere light, positive, and focused,” said Michael Marshall, RHS cross country coach. “It’s not easy being the only senior on the team, but Ciara captures the true sense of a leader.”
Sheri Menden, English teacher, said, “Although she was an anchor for the team, Ciara needs no pomp and circumstance to celebrate her successes. She is the one who quietly models values for the younger teammates, and they have great respect for her choices.” These unobtrusive leadership skills are also seen in the classroom. Menden commented that “Ciara is not worried about introducing a topic for discussion even when others may feel uncomfortable; she maturely handles topics such as rape or drug abuse.”
Revealing a genuine love of learning, Kowalczyk said her favorite class so far is chemistry, because she learns so much. “I really enjoyed going everyday knowing that I would learn something interesting.”
Kowalczyk said she was thankful for her teachers. “All of the teachers who have worked or are working in our school have helped me tremendously,” she said.
Working as a staff aide at Royalton Elementary solidified Kowalczyk’s desire to teach young children. Next fall she will attend either Winona State University or St. Mary’s University to major in elementary education.
“In 10 years I see myself settled down somewhere, possibly out of state, and married, I hope,” Kowalczyk said.
“If I could give high school freshmen one piece of advice,” she said. “It would be to enjoy going to school as much as possible, because one minute you’re sitting in driver’s ed and the next minute you are a senior looking at 10 different colleges you may want to attend. Always do your best and have fun; it really does go by fast.”