Congratulations to Lauren Grobaty ’14 and Halina Szymanski ‘14, named Rosary's valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. We are certain that they will achieve whatever goals they set for themselves, and will inspire and support others along the way. Read on for a sampling of these impressive Royals' accomplishments.
Class of 2014 Valedictorian
Lauren Grobaty’s activities at Rosary have included dance, Science Club, Admissions Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Red & Gold, and National Charity League. She was the JV captain of the dance team, is a senior competitive dancer and ballet/tap instructor at Imperial Dance Studio. She served on ASB as the activities commissioner and was a scriptwriter for Red & Gold. Lauren helped deliver meals to those in need through the Meals on Wheels program.
When asked what she hopes to gain from her college experience, Lauren said “I hope to incorporate my knowledge of different subjects in all areas and blur the lines between these subjects a bit. Life should be looked on as a whole, not in pieces. I hope to gain a full scope of the world. I want to interact with all different kinds of people, from all different kinds of places, with all different kinds of opinions and dreams. I hope to gain an educated brain, a charitable heart, and an enriched soul from my college experience..”
Upon entering Rosary High School, she was named the Red and Gold Scholar, an award for one of the highest scores on the High School Placement Test by an incoming freshman. She was given the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship for Mathematics, and attended the University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminar on Science, Ethics, and Responsibility.
Lauren was named a National Merit Finalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. We wish her luck as she attends Harvard College in the fall.
Class of 2014 Salutatorian
Halina Szymanski has participated as an ASB cabinet member, NHS vice president, Science Club secretary, JV basketball, Admission Ambassadors, and CSF.
On her greatest contribution to Rosary, Halina believes that her greatest work has been with ASB. “I loved being a part of some of Rosary’s most exciting and beloved activities, such as Freshmen WOW and Red & Gold. Giving each year’s freshmen the same wonderful first experiences that I had with such activities always remained one of my priorities. I actually participated in Freshmen WOW all four of my years at Rosary, and each year was more fun than the last.” Halina was named a Red and Gold scholar for achieving one of the highest scores on the High School Placement Test, and is a National Hispanic Merit Scholar.
She describes herself as “hard-working, driven, and self-motivated.” Her dedication to self has shown through her involvement with the Girl Scouts. Halina was awarded the Gold Award for her work with the Salvation Army in Santa Fe Springs, where she cleaned up and redecorated a preschool classroom.
Halina will attend UCLA in the fall, majoring in Neuroscience. She hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry.