Regina High School 2019 Valedictorians

Name: Ireland Majewski

What grade school did you attend? I attended Browning Elementary for grades K-6, and St. Lawrence Catholic School for grades 7 and 8.

What college are you attending in the fall? I am attending The University of Notre Dame (Gateway Program) in the fall. Notre Dame became my dream school two years ago when my parents and I toured the campus. Coming from Regina, driving around the campus was on overwhelming experience; but as soon as I stepped out of the car I knew it was the right fit. In speaking to the students and faculty members I realized just how close-knit the community is. I describe my time on the tour as an out of body experience, where I could envision my four years spent right on campus. In particular, the Center for Social Concerns stood out to me, as I have dedicated my life to giving back to my community. This aspect of Notre Dame would continue to foster my concern for serving the less fortunate, not only as a college student but also as an adult.

What do you want to study? I was struck by the College of Arts and Letters, particularly the History Department, as history is one of my biggest educational passions. The opportunities within this college would allow me to pursue a History major with supplementary Pre-Health major. I am going to be pursuing a medical career for my future. Since I was young, the human body and science have fascinated me, and I want to pursue a field that will allow me to continue to serve/help others. Although I haven’t decided on a specific field of medicine, I have given a thought to becoming a Dermatologist of Allergist. Both of these would allow me to connect my patients in different ways. As someone who has struggled with skin problems for some years now, I could relate to the way my patient feels about their face in a personal way. Also, having a severe nut allergy myself, I could offer meaningful advice from experience to my patients on how to live a full life minus some “treats.”

What was your favorite class at Regina? Why? My favorite class at Regina was AP U.S. History (APUSH) with Mr. Dasin. History is my favorite subject, and he always found a way to make everything we learned interesting. He provided great summaries of the material in his MANY slideshows, and I found myself looking forward to class every day. I genuinely believe I learned so much in his classroom, and to make it better, I learned while having fun.

What will you miss most about being a student at Regina? There is so much about Regina I am going to miss. From the amazing school lunches to the small conversations I had with the teachers. Regina will always feel like a second home to me. I’m going to miss spending everyday with my 72 sisters, making memories that will last me a lifetime.

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at Regina? I have been a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Drama Club, RHS Ambassador’s Club, Peer Ministry, and Eucharistic Ministry. I am particularly proud of the time spend in the SADD Club, which I have held an executive office position since freshmen year.

What are you taking away from Regina? From Regina, I’m going to be taking away a new sense of confidence in my abilities, and a new understanding of myself. Regina taught me to go outside of my comfort zone, and to push boundaries.

Ireland was also admitted to Loyla University Chicago (Presidental Scholarship).

Name: Victoria Maziarz

What grade school did you attend? St. Lawrence Catholic School

What college are you attending in the fall? I am attending Grand Valley State University in the fall. I chose this school because I love how warm and welcoming the campus was the first time I visited.

What do you want to study? I’m not sure what I want to study in the future. Therefore, I am doing Grand Valley State University’s Exploratory Study. However, I am interested in biology and graphic design.

What was your favorite class at Regina? Why? It is extremely difficult for me to pick a favorite class because I’ve grown so close to all of my teachers. Subject wise, I would say my Directed Study class during my second semester of senior year was my favorite class because I was able to design my own art projects.

What will you miss most about being a student at Regina? I will truly miss the close and understanding relationship that I’ve developed with my teachers the most.

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at Regina? I was involved in National Honor Society, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), STAND (Save the Animals Now From Devastation), and I played on the varsity tennis team during my freshmen year. I was honored to be in the Grosse Pointe art show, as well as the Third Annual Promising Artists Exhibition.  

What are you taking away from Regina? I am leaving Regina with a sense of community and the feeling that I will always be welcomed back!

Victoria received the Award for Excellence Scholarship from Grand Valley State University and was also admitted to Oakland University (Distinguished Scholarship).

Name: Rachael Miller

What grade school did you attend? St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School

What college are you attending in the fall? I will be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall. I received the President’s Scholarship with full-tuition and my older brother went there. It is a familiar place.

What do you want to study? I’m not sure what I am going to study. I am going in undecided but I am interested in history, education, psychology, writing, and political science.

What was your favorite class at Regina? Why? AP U.S. History (APUSH) because I learned a lot and really enjoyed the material. Also, the class was really fun.

What will you miss most about being a student at Regina? I will miss all of the friends that I’ve made during my four years.

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at Regina? I was a Class Officer – 9th grade I was President and 10th I was Vice President. I was in SADD and during 11th grade I was the Chairperson of Awareness and in 12th grade I was Vice President.

What are you taking away from Regina? I am leaving Regina with a fully understanding of myself and a new found sense of confidence. I also grew in my faith and am closer to God.

Rachael received the Founder's Scholarship from Saginaw Valley State University and was also admitted to Miami University of Ohio (Merit Scholarship), Michigan Technological University (Founder's Scholarship), University of Detroit Mercy (Insignis Scholarship), University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University (Warrior Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship)

Name: Elizabeth Nosek

What grade school did you attend? St. Joan of Arc Catholic School

What college are you attending in the fall? I am attending Valparaiso University in Indiana. I chose this school because of their outstanding meteorology program. I also love Valpo because the professors seem to care very much for their students. The atmosphere of the campus is very welcoming and family-like.

What do you want to study? I plan on majoring in meteorology and minoring in communications. I want to go into broadcast meteorology and eventually I’d love to work for The Weather Channel, National Geographic, or the Discovery Channel.

What was your favorite class at Regina? Why? My favorite class at Regina was AP U.S. History. I’ve always loved U.S. History and I learned so much in APUSH. I loved the discussions we’d have in the class as well as Mr. Dasin’s teaching style.

What will you miss most about being a student at Regina? I will miss the sisterhood at Regina. I will also miss having uniforms because I could get ready for school in five minutes every morning!

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at Regina? I was a Class Officer for three years. I was on the Archery Team and I was also in Choral Ensemble. I did the fall musical my senior year and was in National Honor Society. I was a Eucharistic Minister and I was on the Volleyball Team for three years.

What are you taking away from Regina? What I am taking away from Regina is the study skills and teamwork skills that I’ve gained through these past four years. At Regina, I learned that hard work really pays off and the amount of effort I apply in my work will definitely show in my grades.

Elizabeth received the Presidental Scholarship from Valparaiso and was also admitted Central Michigan University (Academic Prestige Award), Grand Valley State University (Award for Excellence), Loyola University Chicago (Presidental Scholarship) and University of Detroit Mercy (Spiritus Scholarship).

Name: Monica Pitlock

What grade school did you attend? St. Joan of Arc Catholic School

What college are you attending in the fall? I am attending Loyola University Chicago. I thought the campus was beautiful and I feel it is an environment in which I can be comfortable yet challenged.

What do you want to study? I am currently undecided. However, I would love to do something in education, not necessarily teaching.

What was your favorite class at Regina? Why? My favorite class at Regina was AP U.S. History because I found the class to be very interesting and informative. It helped me develop a greater understanding of the world we live in today.

What will you miss most about being a student at Regina? I will miss all of my friends and classmates. I loved all of the activities we were able to do together such as powderpuff and retreats. These activities led to a sense of unity as a class that I do not think I could have gotten at any other school.  

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at Regina? I was a member and officer of SADD, a member and President of STAND, a Class Officer during my sophomore year, and a Student Council Class Representative at Regina.

What are you taking away from Regina? I am leaving Regina with a strong work ethic and with the thought that no matter what I decide to undertake in the future, I have a strong support at Regina to assist me.

Monica received the Presidential Scholarship from Loyola University Chicago and was also admitted to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and Grand Valley State University (Award of Distinction Presidental Award).