Tops of their class: BEHS salutatorian set for Mass. to build on nutrition chemistry research

Published on Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:18


BRISTOL - Post-graduation plans for Emily Stadnicki, Bristol Eastern High School Class of 2017 salutatorian, will see her headed for Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., to study biochemistry.

The daughter of Rebecca and Steven Stadnicki, whom she says have been instrumental in her academic success, she plans on a career in research chemistry.

“I want to work for an organization like the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), where I can do research on things like GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and stuff along those lines. There’s not much research on them right now because they are so new but I want to see the true positive or negative effects they have on your body and society as a whole,” she explained.

She credits taking AP Chemistry, taught by Melanie Vetrano, her sophomore year as the point when she fell in love with chemistry, adding “but I’ve always wanted to go into nutrition as well, and biochemistry kind of puts it all together. I’m able to do the nutrition in a lab setting, which is really nice.”

Stadnicki lists the AP science classes as her favorites, including Chemistry, Biology and Environmental. She has also taken AP Language and Composition, Environmental Science, Calculus, Physics C, Literature, Psychology, Microeconomics and Statistics.

One of her most influential teachers has been Kara Jones. “I had her freshman year for Algebra 2, and now I have her senior year for Stats. She has definitely been very supportive of my high school career as a whole. Statistics is not my favorite - I’m a math person and it’s a lot of reading - but she definitely makes it a lot easier to understand,” Stadnicki said.

Outside of class, she has been part of the school band for four years, playing flute and piccolo. This year she is band president and head section leader. She is also president of the Math Team, and a member of the National Honor Society, the Latin National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and the Math National Honor Society.”

In addition, Stadnicki plays three varsity sports - soccer, indoor track, and lacrosse - and captains the soccer and lacrosse teams.

She recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors for her essay “How Athletics Has Affected My Life.”

She wrote in the essay that she is a “student first, athlete second,” but she explained how the roles of student and athlete go hand in hand for her and being an athlete has taught her “respect, character, diligence and hard work.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:18. Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:20.