Big Walnut’s Michelle Stefaniak will attend the University of Findlay where she will major in Pharmacy as well as compete in women’s swimming for the Lady Oilers. She was recognized for her achievements on Michelle Stefaniak Day held on Wednesday, May 7, in the high school auditorium.
Stefaniak, a four-year member of the Golden Eagles’ girls swim team, earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and went on to claim the High Point Award in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was a four-year District Qualifier for Big Walnut.
She leaves Big Walnut as a school record-holder in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. She also a member of the Golden Eagles’ record-holding 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 free relay record-holding relay quartets.
In addition to competing as a swimmer, Michelle has also acted as a coach and mentor for many Golden Eagle swimmers.
Academically, Stefaniak has been honored as a Big Walnut Scholar Athlete throughout her high school career. She was named to the BWHS Honor Roll throughout her four years, maintaining a 4.14 Grade Point Average. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
Outside the classroom, Michelle volunteers at the Humane Society of Delaware County and donates blood to the American Red Cross. She is also an active volunteer at St. John Neumann Catholic Church as well as a member of the Leo Club as well as serving as a lifeguard and giving swim lessons in Westerville.
Findlay, an NCAA Division II school, is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which includes Ashland, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Lake Superior State, Malone, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Ohio Dominican, Saginaw Valley State, Tiffin, Walsh and Wayne State.