“Some advice that I would give freshmen is to be present and involved. I have met my closest friends through sports and through clubs and it is one of the best ways to meet really great people,” said Bella Jurewicz. “Being involved in sports and clubs helped me become a better leader and to learn more things about who I am. They are also a great way to expand your interests and you might find something that you really enjoy doing!”
This is pretty solid advice coming from this year’s Athena Award winner! In fact, winning the Athena Award is one of the things Bella is most proud of. ”I am honored to have even been nominated but to win is beyond exciting. I am proud that my hard work at school, sports and in the community has not gone unnoticed. I am also proud of all the other girls who were nominated. I have been on a team with every single nominee at one point during my athletics career and I am proud of all the hard work and dedication they gave to their community.”
“In addition to being this year's Athena award winner, Bella has maintained an amazing work ethic, even through the pandemic! She challenges herself academically and is a well-rounded amazing human being,” said Zach Hanson, her RHS advisory teacher.
After graduation, Bella plans to attend Colorado State University to double major in Exercise Science and Spanish. “I would like to have a career in physical therapy where I can help athletes and everybody I come into contact with,” explained Bella. “I would also like to better my Spanish-speaking abilities in hopes to connect with more people.”
Bella attended elementary school at Richfield Dual Language School and was a part of the second graduating class. “I am grateful for all of the opportunities knowing another language has provided me,” she said. “Growing up in the diverse community of RDLS has definitely shaped me into who I am today.”
If she could live in any time—past, present or future, Bella would choose to live in the past. “Living in the past, I would hopefully try to tell giant corporations about how their actions now are affecting the future climate of our world. By doing this, I hope to at least try to slow down climate change in hopes of preserving our planet in the future.”