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April Student of the Month ~ Julia Podgorski

April Student of the Month ~ Julia Podgorski

The Grant Community High School April Student of the Month is senior Julia Podgorski, daughter of Agnieszka and Marek Podgorski of Fox Lake.

Julia's academic achievements include induction into the National Honor Society during her sophomore year, and qualifying for Honor Roll each semester.  She will have taken 10 AP courses through her senior year and scored a perfect 5 on three AP exams. She received the AP Scholar Award and Scholar-Athlete Award, and was named an Illinois State Scholar.  She holds a remarkable 4.926 GPA.

She attended Girls State, was nominated to attend the World Affairs Seminar, and participated in State Senator Craig Wilcox’s Youth Advisory Council. She earned the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy in the Polish language and was recognized by the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland for completing Polish secondary education in the US. She was named a Questbridge College Prep Scholar and National Match Scholarship recipient. Additionally, she was chosen for the Social Studies Golden Globe award in January 2023.

Her extracurricular activities include Captain of the Debate Team where they placed 5th at a Public Forum competition and competed at multiple state tournaments, and Vice President of FBLA, where she and her group placed 5th at Nationals for Website Design.  She is currently serving as Treasurer of NAHS and participated in Girls’ Tennis, Academic Team, and Snow Dogs.  She is the 2023/24 Student Representative to the Board of Education.

Julia volunteered in a variety of school events such as Parent University, Back to School Night, Wellness Fair, Eighth Grade Enrollment, Roadside Cleanups, face painting at football games, helped organize the Silent Auction, and raised money for the Grant Township Food Bank. She also assists her peers as a tutor in the English and Social Studies labs.

In addition to all of her activities, Julia helps out with her mother’s self-owned business, works at the Wauconda Kumon Learning Center, and is the deputy intern coordinator for a local political organization in Lake County.  She enjoys attending concerts, collecting vinyl records, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

Her plans for the future include attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she intends to double major in political science and English, and then on to law school.