Meet Rich East’s Finest: Valerie Brefczynski

Valerie Brefczynski
Valerie Brefczynski, a life-long resident of Park Forest. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- eNews Park Forest is pleased to continue with our series featuring Park Forest’s best and brightest students, pleased to introduce Valerie Brefczynski, a life-long resident of Park Forest. Favorite class? Art. And always, always on the honor roll.

Thanks to Kevin Kredens, Publicity Liaison, Head Coach Boys Cross Country and Assistant Head Coach Girls Track and Field/Cross Country for sending these completed interviews!

Meet Valerie:

  1. Are you a Park Forest Resident? How long?  Yes. All of my life, 18 years.
  2. At Rich East all four years? If not, where else? Yes.
  3. Favorite classes and why? Art: For the freedom and self-expression.
    AP Physics: For the challenges it poses and I LOVE to learn how things work.
  4. Favorite teachers? Why? Mr. Adamczyk because he not only teaches physics, but he understands me. After going through a lot of medical challenges, I was homebound for a time and he offered to be my teacher three days a week. He’s the reason I still get to graduate on time! And he understands all of my AP Calculus and Physics work.
  5. GPA/Class Rank? 3.50/ 4.00; 11th out of 260.
  6. ACT:  26
  7. Areas met or exceeded on PSAE: Exceeded reading, met in math.
  8. AP Exams/Scores: I haven’t taken any advance placement exams yet. But I’m hoping to score high on the AP Physics exam when I take in this spring.
  9. Activities/Athletics/Clubs participated in?  Special awards? Unfortunately none because of medical problems. But I have always made honor roll.
  10. Clubs, hobbies, community/church, Special volunteering in community?  I work on cars with my dad and boyfriend. I love to read and I play a lot of video games. Extensive head trauma experiences have kept me close to home, and with narcolepsy, I don’t really get out too much. I also love to write. I have a lot of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination. But I hate creative blocks.
  11. College choice? Major?  I will be attending Prairie State College at first to stay cheap and close to home. After that, hopefully I can transfer to Bradley University to major in engineering thanks to Mr. Adamczyk – with an emphasis in mechanical or industrial engineering.
  12. Where do you want to be in five years? In ten years? When you live life like me, you live from day-to-day. I just recently got better and got back to attending school and I am praying that I do not have a relapse. In five- to 10-years, I want to be happy, hopefully healthy, hopefully successful, maybe even working for an automotive industry doing something awesome, important and making lots of money! But I want to be happy most of all. I want everything to be okay.