Senior Marissa Romund: Recipient of Multiple Accolades and Scholarships
Senior Marissa Romund has also been awarded the 2019 Macomb County All-Academic Team Award, which is given to students based on their cumulative grade point average and ACT or SAT scores. Marissa has a 4.30 GPA and scored a 34 on the ACT which is the highest in her class and in the 99th percentile in the country. She has also received the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, The Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation Academic Scholarship, and the Maltese Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a Regina student who is focused and willing to commit a lot of time and effort for the good of others.
Marissa came to Regina from St. Lawrence Catholic Grade School. Upon entering her freshman year, she placed in the 99th percentile nationally for mathematics on the High School Placement Test. She has been an exceptional student at Regina High School, always accepting a challenge and choosing to work at the highest level in all of her classes. “We have been blessed to have a student like Marissa at Regina. She is truly living out our mission of committing herself to academic excellence but also transforming into a young woman with a vision to do good things in this world. She is grounded and has dedicated herself to service and helping others,” says Principal Ann Diamond.
Outside of the classroom, Marissa is involved in Robotics, Science Olympiad, Drama Club, Archery, SADD (Chairperson of Awareness), and the National Honor Society. Mr. Judd, Moderator for Robotics and Archery says, “Even though her participation in these activities required extensive time commitment, Marissa managed her various organization requirements to ensure she brought her best to what can be characterized as a love for engineering through the robotics team.” He went on to explain, “Marissa’s leadership qualities blossomed as she transitioned from leading by experience level to leading by project management skills, which was the backbone for getting the robot to each completion stage.” When the decision was made last year to enter the FIRST Robotics League, Marissa quickly became the leader of the team. Her deep involvement and excitement to compete at the next level helped drive the team forward which garnered several official accolades as a Rookie Team in 2018.
In addition to her academics and extracurricular activities, Marissa has accumulated over 200 Christian Service hours during her time at Regina, well above the required amount. Counselor Amy Dulgerian says, “I have met very few students as sincere and determined as Marissa. She knows her gifts and is willing to use them. She uses her logic as well as her empathy to resolve issues of everyday life.” Her favorite community service experience was working with a preschooler who suffered from social anxiety. She is very cognizant and accepting of others’ differences, which is important for her future in engineering where the work is global and the emphasis is on teamwork and communication.
Marissa was accepted to Kettering University (Presidential Scholarship), The University of Michigan and Michigan State University; however, she will be attending Oakland University in the fall as a direct admit into the Honors College where she will double major in computer and electrical engineering. She received the Platinum Presidential Scholarship which grants her full-tuition.
Marissa is already formulating a plan to return to Regina as a FIRST Robotics Mentor. She is a role model for others who want to make a difference as engineers and as contributors to a better world, a general goal in the engineering field.