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A Step Above: Deanna Konopka

Cimarron-Memorial High School
Class of 2014

It’s hard to find a person with the curiosity and bravery to start something totally new, and even more rare for that person to posses the focus and willpower to conquer the difficulties that will surely come from inexperience. This is the mindset of Deanna Konopka, Student Body President at Cimarron-Memorial High School. Embodying the maturity and patience to trust in incremental improvement along the path to success, Deanna believes that just because you’re not good at something the first time around doesn’t mean you should give up. With incredible tenacity and a positive attitude she’s sure to conquer any challenge she faces with flying colors, placing her – A Step Above.

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  • Varsity Tennis, 2013-Present
  • Varsity Cheerleading, 2010-2013
  • Varsity Swimming, 2010-2013
  • Sophomore Class Secretary, 2011-2012
  • Student Body Secretary, 2012-2013
  • Student Body President, 2013-Present


Scholarships/Awards/Community Service

  • National Honor Society, 2012-Present
  • Scholar Athlete Award, 2012-2013
  • NIAA Swim Regional Finalist, 2011-2013
  • National High School Cheerleading Competition, 2012-2013
  • Spartan Academic Lamp, 2012-2013
  • Spartan Academic Letter, 2011-2012
  • St. Joseph Husband of Mary Community Service, 2010-2013
  • Atria Seville Nursing Home Volunteer, 2011-2013
  • Candlighter’s Run, 2010-2012
  • Thanksgiving Feed for the Hungry, 2011-2012
  • Catholic Charities, 2012


What accomplishment are you most most proud of?  I am most proud of winning the “Do the Write Thing” challenge, an essay contest about violence and how it affects our community.  Not only did I get to travel to Washington D.C. with my mother, I also got the chance to meet with other student delegates from around the nation.  Winning that contest made me more confident in the writing I have done since, and it also was a wonderful experience I will never forget.

We’re sure you’ve had your share of obstacles. When I swatted at my first tennis ball it looked as if I’d never have a chance to make the Varsity Tennis Team at my high school.  My boyfriend and I practiced on the courts for hours, but I was barely improving.  It seemed like I was chasing down the balls more than hitting them over the net.  However, I wanted to be a part of that tennis team, so I practiced numerous weekends making sure I’d be ready in time for tryouts. Try-outs came around and within the first week I was playing number one doubles.  It felt like such a great accomplishment and I was proud of myself.  I believe that if you want something bad enough, you will work towards it until you achieve it.

Any one thing that drives your success? My drive to be the best I can be is what makes me successful.  Every day I strive to push myself to be better than the day before.  I believe that my motivation, as well as the great support system I have behind me, is what has made me successful.

1 Comment

  • This article is amazing. Really inspired me to do by best in whatever I did. Deanna is such a positive person that has had an incredible impact on my life even though i’ve only known her for a few months.

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