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Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship Recipients

Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford Announces 2014 Recipients

CONNECTICUT - On Thursday, June 19, 2014, at a ceremony held at the Polish National Home in Hartford, the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. honored five outstanding students with its Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship award. Each recipient will receive $1,000.00.   Scholarship Committee Co-chairs Florence Langridge and Virginia Pudlo introduced the candidates, provided background on their accomplishments, and presented the checks to the following honorees:

In photo: 2014 Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship Recipients. (L to R) Tara Kowalski (Colchester), Hannah Milewski (Bolton), Kamila Orzechowski (Wethersfield), Nathan Zlotnick (Glastonbury), and Peter Zujko (West Hartford). (Photo by Frances Pudlo)


Tara Kowalski, Colchester

Tara is the daughter of the late Robert Kowalski and Teresa Kobelski Kowalski and was sponsored by club member Monica Oleasz. She is currently attending the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford majoring in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy.   While maintaining high scholastic honors, Tara is involved in the Nutrition Club, serves as Vice-President of the Pre-Pharmacy Club, and has been a member of the University of Saint Joseph soccer team. She has also amassed an impressive list of community service activities. A Girl Scout of long standing, she has dedicated one troop meeting before Easter since 2009 to decorating Polish eggs (pisanki) using the beeswax procedure.   Tara is described as an exemplary student, strong leader, very organized, and hard working, in addition to being a wonderful role model and mentor.

Hannah Milewski, Bolton

Hannah is the daughter of Andrew and Meghan Milewski and granddaughter of the late Dr. Stanislaw Milewski and was sponsored by her uncle and club member Mark Milewski. She will be attending the University of Connecticut at Storrs and is as yet undecided about her major. A 2014 graduate of Bolton High School, Hannah has been an extremely successful honor student and athlete (cross country and track) while being committed to the service of others. Her church involvement has included volunteering at a Hartford inner-city church, working at a food pantry serving the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, teaching Bible School, and participating in a Mission Trip to Mexico. Hannah is described as being well rounded, very responsible, capable of making great sacrifices, hard working, and deeply dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of others.

Kamila Orzechowski, Wethersfield

Kamila is the daughter of Jarosław Orzechowski and Anna Nawrot Orzechowski and was sponsored by club member Sophie Bieniek. She will be attending the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford majoring in Pharmacy.   A 2014 graduate of Wethersfield High School, Kamila’s extracurricular activities include junior varsity and varsity field hockey, choir, piano, and dance.   Enrolled in Polish language school since the age of 6, she has continued her studies of the language and culture by attending Polish Saturday School and also serving as a Teacher’s Assistant. In addition, she has been very involved with Polish Scouting. Last fall, she participated in the Miss Polonia 2014 Beauty Pageant. Kamila is described as mature, polite, and demonstrating a commitment to excel, a strong work ethic, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Nathan Zlotnick, Glastonbury

Nathan is the son of Andrew and Janice Yiznitsky Zlotnick and was sponsored by club member and grandmother Nancy Yiznitsky. He will be attending Northeastern University in Boston majoring in Engineering. A 2014 graduate of Glastonbury High School, Nathan has pursued a rigorous program of studies each year, especially in math and science at the AP or honors level. He has also committed himself to participating in soccer, volunteering in multiple high school clubs, and working a part-time job. Nathan is described as thoughtful, diligent, intelligent, naturally curious, responsible, and a problem solver. Most important, he has a keen interest in finding the answers to his many unanswered questions.

Peter Zujko, West Hartford

Peter is the son of Adam Zujko and Anna Kozakiewicz Zujko and was sponsored by club member Krystyna Farley. He will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York majoring in Engineering/Robotics. A 2014 graduate of Conard High School, Peter has enjoyed high scholastic honors and extra-curricular activities of Robotics, Table Tennis Club, Astronomy, Computer, and Engineering Club. He has been described as a quiet and reflective student who passionately engages in activities related to engineering and mathematics and expresses a particular flair for experimentation and innovation.   Peter has great potential and the makings of a well-rounded scientist or engineer.

In her closing statement, Co-President Anna-Mae Maglaty remarked, ”We all marvel at the accomplishments of these five exceptional individuals. Indeed, I myself began my career as an educator as a direct result of receiving a scholarship from a Polish organization, and I am forever grateful for having had this opportunity. We are proud of these young men and women and know they are facing a bright future.”

The Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. was established in 1976 to preserve, promote, and share the history, culture, and customs of Poland with fellow Americans. All proceeds from their annual Christmas Szopka (fantastical mangers) event are dedicated to the Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship.

– Frances T. Pudlo, Publicity