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Academic Team: To Shawano's Lewandowski, character trumps wealth, power

May 24, 2013
 
Jordan Lewandowski: 2013 Press-Gazette Media Acade...
Jordan Lewandowski: 2013 Press-Gazette Media Acade...: Jordan Lewandowski, a senior at Shawano Community High School, is a member of the 2013 Press-Gazette Media Academic Team. (May 23, 2013)
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Shawano's Jordan Lewandowski, shown inside the school library, is a Green Bay Press-Gazette 2013 Academic Team member. Lewandowski will be attending UW-Madison next year. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

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School

Shawano High School

Parents

Kathy and Gary Lewandowski

Academics

AP: Calculus and computer science

Lakeland College courses: Chemistry 1, chemistry 2, microeconomics and macroeconomics

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay courses: college writing, expository writing

35 composite ACT

4.0 GPA

Honors

National Honor Society

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Shawano Rotary Club

Math League, second place

Clarinet, section leader

Extracurricular

Pep band

Marching band

Central Wisconsin Math League

French Club, vice president

Science Club

In the Community

Tae Kwon Do

Church alter server

Habitat for Humanity

Church youth choir

Recommendation

Jordan has been one of my most ambitious and energetic students. His concern for answers and process to find those answers has been an inspiration to his classmates and a delight to his teachers.

But those are intellectual qualities he enjoys with many students. Jordan’s personality and behavior place him in a select group — a fine gentleman scholar.

I have seen great growth as a student, a citizen and a fine young gentleman. My only regret is that he is leaving here, but he will be a great gain to the academic community he will be a part of. Well done! He is an excellent candidate to this team. — social studies teacher Mart Grams

Student essay: Who do you emulate and why?

I would most like to emulate my Tae Kwon Do instructor (Sahboonim) Gary Breitenfeldt. He is a very honorable man because of his many positive character traits. I value honor, goodness and respect, so he is a perfect icon for me.

Sahboonim‘s moral character is nearly flawless. Upon becoming a master instructor, he took an oath of sobriety. He is always in control of himself in every way, especially with his treatment of others. Whenever a new prospective student enters the studio, he greets them with a smile, finishes whatever he is doing and attends to them — not as a businessman would, but as one who sincerely cares about every human being with whom he comes into contact. Many of his actions show he cares about everyone. For example, he refuses to attend certain martial arts seminars with his students because alcohol is involved in them and he is deeply concerned for the safety of his students.

Unselfishness is another one of my Sahboonim’s most prominent traits. This value is seen every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. as he unceasingly gives his time and wisdom to students by passing on knowledge of Tae Kwon Do. He does not teach for money; I am not sure if monthly tuition even allows him to break even with the costs of running his operations. He teaches solely to improve the lives of others by teaching them self-defense and a moral code that will build a more peaceful, harmonious world. I want to be like that.

Every facet of Sahboonim radiates goodness. He gives, respects, cares, teaches, has a wonderful moral compass, and is dedicated to everything important to him. Character, in my opinion, is more important than worldly successes in the forms of wealth or power; therefore, Sahboonim is my perfect role model.

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