By Steve Svetovich
Tori Kovalchick learned a lot time ago that hard work pays off.
The Holy Cross graduating senior is her school’s valedictorian as she sets her sights on attending Penn State University in the fall.
Graduating with a 4.27 grade point average, Tori will attend the Schreyer Honors College while studying chemical engineering at Penn State’s main campus in State College.
Daughter of Fred and Greta Kovalchick, the well-spoken and articulate senior said she learned the value of hard work from her parents.
“My parents always taught me about the value of hard work,” she said. “If you put your best effort forward, you will get great results.”
Tori said her best and favorite subject is science. She was the recipient of the Bausch Lamb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester.
Tori received medals for the past three years for the National Latin exam.
Polite and intellectual, Tori is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, the Pro Life Club and is class secretary.
She talked about her decision to study chemical engineering. “Well, I wanted to combine math and science while working in a profession to help serve others.
“I hope to perform research for a pharmaceutical engineering firm to help improve modern medicine.”
Tori said she has been keeping busy with school work and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I have been very busy doing my school work and applying for college scholarships. I have also been enjoying time with my family before I go off to college. I am spending as much time as I can with them. I am also taking time to enjoy the outdoors.”
A National Merit Commended Scholar, Tori said she has many hobbies, including playing piano and saxophone, cooking and baking, and watching musical theatre.
She is very much looking forward to the college experience at Penn State. “I am very excited to be able to experience Penn State,” she said. “There is a lot of school spirit there and they take pride in their school. And with my studies there, I get to explore what I am most passionate about.”
Tori said she enjoys music and would like to see Elton John in concert.
She has thoroughly enjoyed her experience at Holy Cross.
“It has been the best experience,” she said. “I transferred there as a freshman. I was very much supported by the teachers, administrators and students. It was very easy to make friends. Everyone was so kind, welcoming and supportive.”