After my time at Florida Tech, I would Like to fly fixed-wing medevac jets for a university hospital or a government agency. I would also like to continue being involved in the Fire Department as a part-time firefighter and paramedic since I have been involved in the fire department my whole life.
The accomplishment I am most proud of is getting my Illinois Seal of Spanish Biliteracy. This was a combination of working hard since 8th grade to get a year ahead in Spanish to become well enough versed in the language to pass the state test. To pass this test I had to study to get an advanced rating on all portions of a Spanish test including writing, speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to proving I was proficient in all aspects of Spanish I also had to score well on the English portion of my SAT. This was a goal I had my sights set on from the day I tested into Spanish II as a freshman and after two hard years of high school Spanish, I achieved my Illinois Seal of Spanish Biliteracy in March of my junior year.
Senorita Amy Renguso was and still is my most influential teacher for me during my time at Lisle Senior High School. The reason for this is she never gave up on me even when I wanted to quit on myself. There were times during Spanish III Honors that I wasn’t getting a concept and for four mornings in one week she came in early and met with me before the test and wouldn’t let me fail. The same thing happened in her new class this year Spanish V Honors, which is a Spanish linguistics class for post-AP Spanish Students. Linguistics was a whole new beast for me, and I had a rather rocky start. She kept meeting with me on Google Meets before school and after school to make sure I didn’t fall behind. Not only did she support me with scholastic items within the classroom, but she also supported me with outside school issues.
There were plenty of times where I would go into her room before class, and she would be a person for me just to get something off my chest. Sometimes she didn’t even wait for me to approach her, rather she initiated the conversation because she noticed I was not acting like myself. I looked forward to going to her class every single day. I cannot speak highly enough of Senorita Amy Renguso and she will be one of the teachers I will miss the most.
I would like to thank the Lisle Alumni who have generously supported this scholarship program. It is an honor to be supported by past Lisle students who have been in my shoe’s years before me. Furthermore, as a third generation Lisle Senior High graduate it is an honor be awarded this legacy award. It is special to be able to graduate from the same high school as my grandmother, grandfather, uncles, and mom. This award will go to good use supporting me during my time at the Florida Institute of Technology and I cannot thank the supporters of this scholarship program enough for their commitment to my future education.
Thank you for this opportunity,
Grutzmacher Scholarship Grutzmacher Family Alumni Legacy Award: Outstanding Achievement and Service by a Descendant of a Lisle Graduate
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