10 MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE AT KOFA: Samantha Klakulak
May 21, 2012 • Helena Casares, Editor-In-Chief
Filed under Features
When the word “interesting” comes to mind, everyone tends to contemplate about unique objects or something completely out of the ordinary that they’ve never heard or seen. However, a person can have just the same effect. Samantha Klakulak is that one person when it comes to academics, sports, clubs, student council and much more. With a 4.0 GPA as a freshman, she plans on making her goals in the next 3 years of high school to set herself up for the future. Being the daughter of a school teacher at Kofa and being the youngest of three siblings, she is more than capable of facing any challenges that come her way.
Moving to Yuma during her 5th grade year from Shepherd, Michigan had various effects on Klakulak, “It changed my life in such a huge way because it opened me up to the world and showed me different cultures and lifestyles and brought my family so much closer in a good way.” Her family has made a big impact on the person she is today. Her mom, Mrs. Klakulak, is a biology and AVID teacher at the school. Klakulak is not short on inspiration. Having three older brothers who were and are former Kofa students: Nick, Michael, and Chris have helped her push herself to new limits. “My brothers inspire me to push myself in sports and school work,” she looks up to them for guidance or even to the mistakes they have made. “It has definitely been a challenge growing up with older brothers and no sister, but in a way I learned how to be tough.” Klakulak knows she has to keep a reputation of her family’s involvement of sports, but she states “It’s in our blood to have a love for sports.”
At the age of 4 years old, Klakulak was introduced to dancing and a few years later starting getting into sports. Ever since, she has excelled in all her sports and Performing Dance and is determined to leave her mark like her brothers Nick, Chris, and Michael have. “I want to leave a mark on this school like they did.” A year round athlete she has joined Volleyball, Basketball and Track. Her favorite so far has been Basketball, “I have only played it one year but I absolutely love it!” She is currently on what she can do because during a regional track meet she was hurdling and hit her leg on the last hurdle, landed and tore her ACL. This however doesn’t stop her to continue in everything that she does.
With big ambitions for her future career, she plans on going to college at Chicago University wanting to be a Pediatric Surgeon or a Doctor without Borders. She wants to travel to Poland, France, and Italy to try and help children with diseases and help save lives, “I read a lot of articles on surgeons and look into more deeply about what extent doctors could go to and thought that would be life changing for me.” Klakulak dreams that one day she would be famous for winning the Nobel Prize for finding the cure of cancer. It’s possible, and from what she intends to set her mind on she will succeed in what she wants to do.