HARTFORD - The Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford honored four outstanding students recently with its 2017 Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship award. Each recipient received $1,000 in a ceremony held at the Polish National Home in Hartford.
Scholarship Committee Co-chairwomen Florence Langridge and Virginia Pudlo introduced the candidates, provided background on their accomplishments, and presented the checks.
The recipients are:
Christina M. Bolduc, South Windsor
Bolduc, daughter of Joanna and Russell Bolduc of South Windsor, was sponsored by her grandmother, Maria Jozwik of Farmington. She received her Associate of Science Degree in nursing in 2011 from Capital Community College in Hartford, a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford in 2013, and is currently a graduate student working toward a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 10 years, served as a Girl Scout Committee member for two years, and continues to be involved in activities at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Archdiocese of Hartford honored Christina with the “Light of the World” Award in 2016.
Justine J. Kieltyka, New Britain
Kieltyka is the daughter of Lilia and Steven Kieltyka of New Britain and was sponsored by her mother. She will be a sophomore at Union College in Schenectady, NY this fall majoring in neuroscience. A graduate of New Britain High School, she was class vice president for four years, as well as tour guide and Admissions Ambassador for three years. She organized a walk for Alzheimer’s and a fundraiser for her field hockey team in her junior and senior years. She participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball throughout high school. She continued this passion at Union College by joining the varsity softball team. Fluent in Polish, she has been involved with the Polish Scouting organization since she was four years old and holds the rank of Wedrowniczkar (Venture Scout). Her interest in neuroscience and medicine inspired her to volunteer at the Hospital for Special Care. Activities at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain include playing a character and narrating in Polish at the annual Live Nativity and Live Stations of the Cross.
Diana L. Sitnik, Wethersfield
Sitnik is the daughter of Joyce and Richard Sitnik of Wethersfield and was sponsored by her grandmother, Mary Sitnik of Wethersfield. She will be returning to Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., as a sophomore with a marketing major. She received General and High Honors throughout her four years at Wethersfield High School. Her community service includes Boys Town, The Confetti Foundation (an organization that hosts birthday parties for children too sick to leave the hospital), and the Salvation Army. At Salve Regina, she is part of the Dance Club and its SalveThon Promotions Committee, which holds a 16-hour dance marathon to benefit the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.
Ewelina Zambrzycka, Shelton
Ewelina is the daughter of Aldona and Waldemar Zambrzycki of Shelton, and was sponsored by Joan Staszko Egbertson of Barkhamsted. She will be a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, majoring in molecular and cellular biology with an ultimate career goal of becoming a physician. She has worked as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine, Research Assistant in the Biology Department of Sacred Heart University, and Undergraduate Presenter at the Eastern College Science Conference in 2016 and 2017. Her volunteer activities include the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood in Bridgeport, Organization of Choir for Kids in Bridgeport, Classroom Learning Assistant for Biology, and Biology Club at Sacred Heart University. She is fluent in Polish.
The Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford was established in 1976 to preserve, promote, and share the history, culture, and customs of Poland with fellow Americans. All proceeds from its annual Christmas “Szopka” (elaborate mangers) Festival are dedicated to the Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship.