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Collegiate Friars: March 2019

March 4, 2019

KATIE VULICH

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As a writer/reporter for The Concord student newspaper at Ballarmine, Ms. Vulich recently earned two 1st-place awards from the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association for "Best Editorials" & "Best Sports Feature Story."

Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: La Grange Park, IL

Grade School: Cossitt Elementary and Park Jr. High

Current School: Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)

 Current Major: Sports Administration

Summer Internship: For my internship with the Chicago Bandits [pro softball in Rosemont, IL], I produced all in-game audio, coordinated ticket sales and streamlined fan merchandise and fan experience.

Career aspirations: Athletics is the center of my career development. I hope to pursue a master’s degree in organizational leadership. I’m keeping my options open; considering club, high school, collegiate or professional level.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Varsity swimmer (4 years), State Qualifier (2 years); Kairos leader and rector, earned the Excellence in Theology and Campus Ministry Senior awards.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Many teachers enhanced my Fenwick experience, but Fr. Dennis [Woerter ’86] had the greatest impact. His passion for what he does is contagious. I aspire to have half the passion Fr. Dennis has in my future career.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mr. Roche’s computer class had the most impact on my academic endeavors. I still have the binder we created in class and reference it from time to time. Mr. Roche embodies the essence of Fenwick.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I wish I could relive my sophomore year swim meet against Rosary. Being able to compete with the “F” on my cap and with my teammates is something I will cherish forever. We beat Rosary my sophomore year behind our team effort to get our hand on the wall first.

The Fenwick experience that changed you the most: My Kairos experiences shaped who I am today. I learned something different as a retreatant, leader and rector. The retreat that stands out the most was my final Kairos and helping Fr. Dennis navigate the process. I owe that retreat for making me believe in my leadership skills.
 

JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ

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"J-Rod" and the Cougars have advanced to the NCAA Division III World Series the past two seasons. The senior catcher hopes to have a "live" bat again in 2019.

Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: Wood Dale, IL

Grade School: Wood Dale Jr. High 

Current School: Concordia University of Chicago (River Forest, IL)

Current Major: Sports management with a minor in marketing.

Internship experience: Interning at Northwestern Mutual [Financial Services] was a great experience. Helping people every day was something I truly enjoyed and will not forget -- reaching out and connecting with people helped me build a network that will help me in the future. As I was at Northwestern Mutual I learned skills that will help me for the rest of my career.

Career aspirations: I plan on being involved with sales and working with a marketing team, either with a sports team or with a successful company.

Fenwick achievements/activities: At Fenwick I played football (defensive end) and baseball (catcher). In football I was able to be a part of two great teams that made it far in playoffs each year. I was able to be second team All-Conference my junior year and first team my senior year. In baseball I was a three-year starter at the varsity level. I achieved first team All-Chicago Catholic League [status] all three years. My senior season I was the ‘CCL White’ Player of the Year along with being named All-State as a catcher.  

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Throughout my three years at Fenwick, I would say the most influential teacher was Mr. O’Connor, as his first year started when I first transferred [from St. Laurence]. He was my English teacher for all three years and he really had a large effect on me -- teaching me to not only be a good person but also how to do things the right way and get things done in a professional manner. Other influential teachers were Frau. Strom, Mr. [Jim] Reardon '86 and Mr. Arellano; [influential] coaches would be Coach Nudo, Coach Hogan and Kyle Kmiecik [’00].

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The most influential class I had at Fenwick was speech. Mr. Arellano taught me how to speak in front of the audience in the best way possible. This speech class has actually helped me this past weekend at our baseball banquet speaking in front of 300 people, which I never thought I could achieve.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: The best experience I had at Fenwick was making friends and building relationships not only in the classroom but on the field as well. Athletics at Fenwick was so special to me, and I would give anything to play in a Fenwick jersey again. The best memory of all was our senior year football playoff run [to the quarter-finals]. That was the last time I played football and also the farthest we made it in the three years when I was at Fenwick. It was a memorable season and something that was so special to me.

The Fenwick experience that changed you the most: There was no true single experience at Fenwick that changed me the most. What changed me at Fenwick was the culture that that high school has. Everyone was one family supporting each other in every athletic event and pushing people to be their best. This made college that much easier for me because Fenwick installed that culture in me, and I cannot thank the people that were a part my experience enough.

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