MCHS grad will study education at UNC with help from scholarship
Dani Kawcak spent a lot of her time at Moffat County High School giving to the community.
Now, it’s the community’s turn to give back.
In June, the Moffat County Education Association and the School Board presented Kawcak, a 2009 MCHS graduate, with the Ed Townsend Scholarship, a $1,000 grant for a student who will pursue a career in education.
“For me, it’s really a big honor to get the award,” she said. “There’s probably a lot of kids out there who want to be teachers.”
This fall, Kawcak will attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she will begin her studies.
Kawcak, who grew up on a ranch west of Craig, said she is nervous, but excited, to move to a new town.
“I went and visited UNC, and I really liked it,” she said. “But, I don’t really know anyone from Craig who is going.”
With the help of scholarships and the work-study program at the school, she hopes to someday get her master’s in education.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I just love kids. They’re so honest and innocent. Sometimes they can be a little, well, gross. But hey, they make soap for a reason.”
During her senior year, she worked as a student teacher in an elementary school. She said that was the place where she really learned how to relate to the students.
“It gave me so much experience,” she said. “And I couldn’t have had a better teacher.”
Kawcak was no stranger to service projects and extracurricular activities during her time at MCHS.
She was a member of the Key Club, a community service organization that encourages students to give back to the community.
She helped with basketball camps for younger students and is working at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, where she is now a program leader, helping to keep children occupied and engaged during the summer.
One memory that stuck out in her mind was the Adopt-a-Family program.
At Christmas, Kawcak helped buy and wrap gifts for a family who couldn’t afford the comforts and joy of the holiday season.
She didn’t get to see the family receive their gifts, but she said she was touched by the gratefulness the mother showed for their efforts.
“It’s just so fulfilling to do things for someone else,” she said. “I do it because I want to. What have I got to lose?”
Her efforts to give to the community didn’t go unrecognized.
When it was time for Kawcak to choose a college and look to the future, the community gave back. She’ll be able to go to college with help from the scholarship she has been awarded.
“I’m so thankful for them,” she said, “I’m really grateful for all the local support.”
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