Local Coram Deo senior learns value of perseverance

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Brian Wawczak

For Brian Wawczak, school and extracurricular activities provide a sense of balance in his life.

The Coram Deo Academy senior carries a 98.9 grade point average on a scale of 100, and also plays baseball, basketball and serves as the senior class secretary.

Wawczak is also in theater at Coram Deo Academy and an Eagle Scout and said such enterprises serve an important purpose in his life.

“Being involved in all these activities allows me to forget about schoolwork for a while, and I leave feeling mentally refreshed,” Wawczak said. “Sports and theater are very cathartic for me, especially after doing homework for many hours, during which I have to suppress my energy.

“Being involved in these diverse activities allows me to interact and befriend people I do not have classes with and who are in different grades.”

Wawczak, 18, added that while he thoroughly enjoys such activities, he also enjoys the level of coursework that Coram Deo Academy offers.

“The best part about Coram Deo is the challenging, diverse curriculum,” Wawczak said. “At Coram Deo, the work is rigorous, and the wide array of extensive subjects has made me a more cultured and well-educated person. The challenging work has also made me more industrious and better organized.”

The greatest challenge that the Flower Mound teen has faced in his life, however, has nothing to do with school or extracurricular activities, but did teach him an important lesson.

“Last February, my niece Kaylynn died after fighting a long battle with Leukemia,” Wawczak said. “It was a hard trial for my whole family. The experience helped me realize that I was blessed to have the opportunity and gifts to work and serve, so I took advantage of that. I decided to go to Texas Boys State, run for class secretary, and finish my Eagle Scout Project even though I only had a few months to complete it.

“After many hours of planning, talking, and physical labor, I made over 120 wooden cardholders for the Children’s Hospital in Dallas. There were several moments where I was tempted to quit, but I decided to stick with it. That taught me a lot about the importance and value of perseverance.”

Wawczak plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, University of Texas Austin, or the University of Missouri.

He is unsure of a major, but is interested in political science, history, law and journalism.

Wawczak’s Favorites

Favorite Subject: History

Person Who Most Inspires You: My grandma

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers and shakes

Favorite Movie: Whiplash

Favorite TV Show: Impractical Jokers

Book currently Reading or Last Book Read: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Santana or Led Zeppelin

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