By Ryan Kaczmarski
Magnificat never seems to run out of superb athletes, who sign National Letters of Intent to major colleges and universities. Blue Streaks track star Rachel Hlatky will be moving to the keystone state and she will be running for the University of Pennsylvania this fall.
She looked at attending several other schools, including Columbia, Duke, Cornell and Georgetown, but Penn won out.
“When I visited (Penn) I felt as though it was a ‘homey’ feeling,” Hlatky said. “I walked onto campus and felt really comfortable. I love that it’s right in the city and in the center of everything.
“I was able to meet the girls on the team, who were incredibly nice, and I love the coach.”
Her deciding factors in choosing a school were size of the school, location and her chosen major.
“I knew I wanted to go to a small to medium sized school that was Division I,” she said. “I also knew I wanted get into biology, so I looked for a school that excelled in that particular subject. I’m also looking into going into medicine and they have an exceptional hospital right on campus.”
She is no ordinary student-athlete. Her list of accomplishments include being named All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio in 2010 and 2011, team MVP 08-09 and 09-10 and team captain 11-12. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has had perfect attendance all four years of high school.
She attributes the support of her family as being key in her athletic success.
“I do believe I have natural ability, but I have self-determination in which I’m able to focus and push myself to be the best I can be,” she said. “I also give a major amount of credit to my parents. They have not missed a single track meet of mine since the fourth grade, when I started. They’ve been my own personal cheerleaders and they push me to give me that self-determination.
“I feel as though I have the potential to improve in the upcoming years,” she added. “I’m looking forward to working with new teammates and coaches because I feel as though they will help me become faster and stronger.”
She also thinks that attending Magnificat has prepared her for the next step in life.
“My years at Magnificat will allow me to succeed academically because of the challenging college prep courses that I have studied,” she said. “Athletically, I have been able to compete with the top Division I high school athletes in Ohio, which will prepare me for the elite competition I will face in the upcoming years. My team at Magnificat also has helped prepare me. They’ve been there for me and cheered me on through every race and pushed me at practice, allowing me to compete at my best.”
Hlatky is a member of Key Club, a volunteer through ARRUPE, a tutor at St. Rocco’s, a volunteer as a Hospitality Minister, Eucharistic Minister and Lector and she was a Kairos Leader this year.