In addition to her numerous honors this season and throughout her career recognizing her performance in competition, Valparaiso University women’s tennis senior Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) received recognition for her excellence in the classroom and in the community on Friday.
Czerwonka was featured as part of this week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, which recognizes student-athletes who thrive in the classroom and the community.
Czerwonka, a nursing major, holds a 3.52 grade point average. The senior is a multi-time selection to the Dean’s List and is a member of Valpo’s Honor Society of Nursing. On campus, she is a member of the Valpo Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the SAAC subcommittee involved in community engagement.
Czerwonka, who competes in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, played a role in helping reimagine the #oneVALPO promise, a diversity and inclusion initiative. She volunteers with a number of community organizations, including St. Teresa (Cafe Manna), St. Agnes Adult Day Care, The Boys & Girls Club, TradeWinds, Valparaiso Nazarene Church and Hilltop House.
On the court, Czerwonka ranks fifth in program history in career doubles victories, has racked up nine career MVC weekly awards and ranks ninth in the Valpo record book in career singles wins.