Senior Mitchell Kozenski is passionate about building robots, planes, any many other machines. Mitchell has chosen to continue his education at the prestigious Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he will study mechanical engineering.
This week our Spotlight shines on two brothers who are taking full advantage of their time at Scecina to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Mitchell ’16 and Phillip Kozenski ’18 are both President’s Academic Excellence Award Winners and Scholar Athletes. They are the sons of Kathy Lamb Kozenski, who graduated from Purdue University and works in education, and Thomas Kozenski, an airline pilot trained in Colorado. The family attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
By Cari Gallagher '93
Senior Mitchell Kozenski is passionate about building robots, planes, any many other machines. “People would be surprised to know that I build remote control vehicles for fun,” he says. It is this passion that has influenced his academic work and co-curricular activities at Scecina, and will certainly shape his future as he plans for college and career.
Mitchell has taken full advantage of Scecina’s challenging math and science curriculum. This semester alone he is taking AP Physics, Accounting, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus. Although challenging, Mitchell knows that his rigorous schedule will help prepare him for the next step on his educational journey. After applying to, and receiving consideration from, elite universities such as Harvard and Stanford, Mitchell has chosen to continue his education at the prestigious Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he will study mechanical engineering.
Away from the classroom Mitchell’s interests don’t stray too far from math, science and engineering. He is a founding member of the Crusader Robotics Club. Moderated by Mr. Andrew Smith, a member of the Social Studies department at Scecina, the Robotics Club began four years ago. At that time Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was pushing robotics at Indianapolis schools. The mayor was offering base kits for schools, which consisted of enough parts to make a small robot with a rotating turret that throws a Nerf ball. The program has come a long way since then, now competing in Robotics competitions that consist of teams assembling robots from kits. Last year Mitchell and his teammates placed second in the Lock Tight Night, where the teams are locked in for a night to design, build and program a robot. This is the largest city-wide robotics competition in the nation and sponsored by Roche Diagnostics.
Although clearly dedicated to science and technology, Mitchell has participated in a variety of other activities at Scecina, including National Honor Society, Varsity Tennis, and the Crusader Pep Band. These programs help to support the character development of students, while providing an outlet for creative, competitive, and volunteer pursuits.
With his exemplary academic record and commitment to excellence, there is little doubt that Mitchell has a bright and successful future ahead of him. As he gets ready to leave the hallways of Scecina Memorial High School, he references longtime Spanish teacher Senora Diane Knight on always being prepared: “If you were a good student, you would have brought something to work on!”
Posted on Wed, February 10, 2016
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