Name: Ryan Kozak
Role Model: My mother is my role model. I have always looked up to her, trying to emulate her charisma. She is the most loving and accepting person I have ever met; she brings out the best in me. I strive to parallel her admirable personality; her work ethic, intelligence, and wit are characteristics I idolize. Her encouragement has helped my find my passions in life and I will forever be appreciative. I hope to one day exemplify these characteristics and match the success that my mother experiences today.
Teacher with the most impact: Some teachers I have feel have had the greatest impact on me are Mr. Nicol (Honors Algebra II), Mrs. Mazza (Honors Geometry and Trigonometry), and Mrs. Novak (IB History 11). I have always loved Math and Mr. Nicol and Mrs. Mazza have only excelled this feeling. Their balance of seriousness and humor create an environment of learning as well as comfort that helped me grow as a student and a person in Freshman and Sophomore year. Mrs. Novak's caring and kind personality have helped me discover a liking for history and I love being her student this year.
What do you like most about Shore Regional? What I like most about Shore Regional are the teachers. I have never taken a class in which I have finished and felt that it was useless or boring. Every teacher is extremely effective and have the ability to create a class dynamic of enjoyment and growth academically. All of the teachers are extremely nice and I have grown so much from every class I have taken.
Activities: Academically, I take all AP, IB, and/or Honors classes. Athletically, I am on the varsity swimming and tennis teams. As for clubs and extracurriculars, I am involved in Shore Players, the Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands, Voices, Model UN, and Math League. I volunteer at my church as an assistant teacher in the Sunday School and I work as a camp counselor at an Armenian Camp in upstate New York over the summer.
Future Plans: In ten years, I hope to one day either be on Broadway as an actor, pursuing my passion, or working for a company whose priority is helping people.
Personal Quote: “"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you." - Maya Angelou
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