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CHS Student Earns $20k Coca-Cola Scholarship

CHS Student Earns $20k Coca-Cola Scholarship

Congratulations to CHS senior Kylie Kalinowski on being one of 150 students from around the country to be named a 2018 Coke Scholar! Kylie was selected from more than 150,000 students nationally (and is one of only three students from Michigan) to receive this prestigious $20,000 Scholarship Award from Coca-Cola. Kylie will attend the 2018 Scholars Weekend April 19-22, 2018, where she will participate in leadership seminars, listen to guest speakers, and have the networking opportunity of a lifetime.

Kylie says, "I can't even begin to describe the emotions I had when I was notified that I had won the Coca-Cola Foundation scholarship. As soon as I was notified, I ran downstairs and gave my mother, (Laura Kalinowski, a CHS teacher), a big hug. My mother has spent the majority of her life thus far paying off her own student loans, and knowing that her daughter would never have to be in that position made her so proud. It felt as though the largest weight in the world had been lifted off of my shoulders. Graduating from college $20,000 less in debt, perhaps with no debt at all, would be a dream come true."

Kylie Kalinowski

She continued, "I felt a chaotic mixture of excitement, pride, and just pure joy. That day, I made a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life - a defining moment where I felt truly proud of all that I had worked so hard to accomplish. I am so unbelievably grateful for all of the opportunities that going to school in Clarkston has given me, and I feel validated in knowing that all of my hard work has paid off."

Kylie will attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana to study Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. She has also secured a job at Fenway Group, a national software development company that builds programs used for Starbucks, American Airlines, Nike, and more.

Kylie says, "After I graduate with a doctorate degree, I dream of working for the Department of Homeland Security to protect my country."

We are extremely proud of Kylie and this extraordinary accomplishment!

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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