Joliet Catholic Academy is proud to announce its November Students of the Month: Reilly Jo Swanson (Kiwanis Club), Katelyn Dombrowski (Lions Club), Matthew Hoffman (Rotary Club), and Kelly Testin (Exchange Club).
Reilly Jo Swanson, daughter of Tim and Stacey Swanson, currently holds a 4.46 adjusted GPA in the JCA Honors Program and is the Kiwanis Club Student of the Month. Swanson, a four-year varsity member of the Angels softball program, and two-time East Suburban Catholic Conference All Conference honoree, is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society (where she serves as the historian), National Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She earned a certificate of honor from JCA in Pre-Calculus. Following graduation, Swanson will attend Drexel University on an athletic and academic scholarship, where she plans on majoring in sports management while playing Division-I collegiate softball.
Katelyn Dombrowski, daughter of Colleen Dombrowski, currently holds a 4.34 adjusted GPA in JCA Honors and AP classes and is the Lions Club Student of the Month. Dombrowski is a member of the National Honor Society and the Latin Society. She also participates in the JCA Science Club, Respect Life Club, Bible Study, Vocal Ensemble, Musical Theatre Troupe, and 41-88 (JCA’s Art and Literature magazine). Dombrowski earned 1st place in JCA”s 41-88 contest in 2015, 2nd in place in 2016; received honorable mention in the Berenice Fox Essay contest; earned a silver medal in the National Latin test, and also earned medals from JCA as the top student in Theology I and Theology II. Outside of school, Dombrowski volunteers and participates in the St. Dennis Youth Group, Joy Teen Choir, Nativity House Community Garden, and the Lockport Writers Workshop. She plans to attend Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio where she’ll double major in Theology and Catechesis, with plans to become a catechism teacher for young students, a Faith Formation Director, or high school theology teacher. Dombrowski is a self-published author, having written The Hearts of the Cold, available on Amazon, as a 13-year old.
Matthew Hoffman, son of David Hoffman, currently holds a 4.24 GPA in JCA’s Honors and AP program and is the Rotary Club Student of the Month. Hoffman has been a four-year member of JCA’s Honor Roll, and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the Math National Honor Society. He is the President of the Tech Club also a member of the Psychology Club. In the spring of 2016, he competed along with Tech Club at Lewis University’s “Guardians of the Grid” technology competition sponsored by the NSA and ComEd, where the team earned 2nd and 3rd place finishes out of eight high schools. Hoffman is a member of S. Raymond’s Parish in Joliet, and plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bradley University, or Illinois Institute of Technology where he’ll major in computer science or information technology.
Kelly Testin, daughter of Robert and Sherry Testin, currently holds a 4.86 adjusted GPA in Honors and AP classes and is the Exchange Club of Joliet Student of the Month. Testin is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Spanish Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. As a junior she was honored with the top GPA award for the JCA junior class. She participates in JCA student ambassadors, the Leo Club, the Math Team (where she helped the team to a 2nd place finish at sectionals and qualified for state), Cross-Country (where she serves as team captain). Kelly plans to attend St. Louis University or Duquesne University next year, where she’ll pursue a degree as a physician’s assistant.