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Student Spotlight: Phillip Kozenski '18

Sophomore Phillip Kozenski is a two-time President’s Academic Excellence Award receipient and a two-time Scholar Athlete honoree. He takes a wide variety of challenging courses, and maintains a 4.21 GPA. He is also a member of the Crusaders boys tennis team.

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

Sophomore Phillip Kozenski may be the little brother, but he already has accomplished big things in his three semesters at Scecina Memorial High School. He is a two time President’s Academic Excellence Award Winner and a two-time Scholar Athlete honoree. He takes a wide variety of challenging courses, and maintains a 4.21 GPA. He is also a member of the Crusaders boys tennis team.

Although he names science as his favorite school subject, he is currently taking Chemistry, Phillip’s schedule displays a diverse course load including foreign language (Latin), performing arts (Advanced Concert Band), and social studies (AP Human Geography). His desire to explore a wide variety of subjects will serve him well as he continues his journey towards higher education. Phillip is interested in a wide variety of college majors, including Applied Sciences, Linguistics, and Business. He lists Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Purdue as possible choices for his post-secondary education.

When he is not studying, Phillip enjoys participating in Scecina’s Robotics Club. Through the process of designing, building, and programming machines Phillip can explore his passion for computers and technology. This January Phillip and other members of the Robotics Club were able to translate their love of machinery into an opportunity for Stewardship and Servant Leadership. The club invited students from the East Deanery partner schools to their weekly meetings. The elementary school students were treated to a display of a hover board, designed and built by Phillip’s brother Mitchell. The moderator, teacher Andrew Smith, also spoke to the students about the Robotics Club and the city wide competition that they will compete in this month.

Recognizing that life should not be all work and no play, Phillip participates in Scecina’s boy’s tennis program. He has played for the past two seasons. During the 2015-2016 season Phillip was selected by Coach Tyler Douthitt, a 2010 Scecina grad, as the most improved player of the year.

Phillip knows that his quiet demeanor and serious expression can be misleading to his peers, but he is a friendly, easygoing teen who cares about the people around him. In fact, Phillip’s compassion extends to the global community. He is concerned about equality for all people, and he would go on a crusade for human rights.

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1. JoAnn Kozenski wrote:
Phil is also my Grandson and I am very proud of him too. When he comes to WI Phil is my computer helper. When he was very about 6 he would have his mom's camera taking pictures of the birds in the Park behind my house and looking for things with a GPS. I forget what they called it. Phil is a joy and fun to be around. When I give the family parties he is very talented when making appetizers and never fails to offer help with all the setting up. I wait for the times they can visit me . Gramma Jo

Thu, February 18, 2016 @ 7:41 PM

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