Going to the chapel
Moffat County High senior plans to wed day after graduation
Everything’s black and white for Amanda Szatkowski. Come graduation weekend, she’ll be wearing two gowns — a black one for commencement and a pure white one for her wedding.
She’s graduating from Moffat County High School May 28 and getting married May 29 at the Center of Craig.
“My mom wanted to do it then because everyone would already be here,” Szatkowski said.
She’s engaged to her high school sweetheart, Nick Campbell, a 2002 Moffat County graduate. He’s a petty officer 3rd class in the U.S. Navy, and is stationed at Point Loma Base in San Diego, Calif.
After their wedding, Szatkowski will move there to be with her machinist mate. They have an apartment, but will soon move into a house off base.
“We’ve waited three years to be together, so I think it’s about time,” she said.
The two met while competing in track at the high school. She ran mid-distance and triple and long jumped while he was a sprinter and thrower. She was a freshman and he was a senior.
“I still had braces and probably looked like I was 12 years old,” she said.
Campbell proposed Aug. 13, 2004, while he was home on leave. He blindfolded her and drove her, in an old pickup, to the top of Cathy Cisar Hill.
He sat her on top of sleeping bags in the bed of the truck, then gave her a box. Inside was a pair of underwear with a ring box on top.
“Then he asked me to marry him and told me why he wanted to marry me,” she said. “Then we sat there for a while and looked at the stars and then we went home. It was cold.”
At first, the couple hid the news from Szatkowski’s parents because they felt she was too young to be engaged. But they soon got used to the idea and have supported her.
But not everyone was so kind.
“I found out who my true friends are through this,” she said. “I just feel some people judged me because I was getting married too early.”
Her “true friends” have stood by her, and she thinks they’re more excited than she is about the wedding.
When she goes to San Diego, Szatkowski will get a job to make money for college. She plans to start at a community college in January and then transfer to San Diego State University. She wants to major in criminal psychology.
She’s excited about living in a big city. She went to visit over spring break and “didn’t want to come home.”
Right now, she’s focused on graduating and “finally getting to be with him.”
She’s not nervous about being married, just ready to start her life with Campbell.
“After so many years of waiting for something to happen, and then it finally happens, you don’t know what to do,” she said.
So, she just smiles.
Michelle Perry may be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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