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'Expect the unexpected'

YHS valedictorian grateful for community support

By Allison Flores

Yorktown News-View

Yorktown High School’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian Kathryn Gwosdz is all set to move on to the next chapter of her life, but not without thinking back on an unexpected end to her high school career.

The senior sat down for an interview to talk achievements, memorable moments, and how supportive the community has been during these very unfortunate times.

Snagging a spot on the varsity Kitty Kat volleyball team as a freshman, Gwosdz started off her high school career with a bang, along with fulfilling a family tradition. Gwosdz’ mother, older sister Emily, and younger sister Jackie each made the varsity volleyball team as freshman, as well.

Katy’s senior year proved to be very successful, all while playing alongside her sister.

 “Volleyball is probably one of the things I’m most proud of because our team went undefeated in district and we were district champions,” said Gwosdz.

The senior also received District MVP and an Academic All-State title, along with being nominated for the Varsity Cup.

“The whole season felt like a movie to me,” she said.

Gwosdz expressed her gratitude for a great volleyball season, but noted that some events she was looking forward to in the spring had all been canceled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Last year I got into dairy judging–a career development event for FFA,” said Gwosdz. “I fell in love with it, and surprisingly, last year we got first in area and I somehow got top individual.”

The dairy judging team went on to compete at the state level in 2019, with Gwosdz earning seventh place overall individual in state.

“I was really looking forward to that this year because I wanted to try and get top five in state,” admitted Gwosdz.

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