Henry Kvietok, a senior at Cherokee Trail High School, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. He is one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars selected from a pool of nearly 86,000 initial applicants on the basis of leadership, service and academic achievement.
“Henry Kvietok is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name him a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar.”
Kvietok, who is also a finalist for the Boettcher Scholarship, is considering the University of Colorado, Montana State University, Cornell and MIT.
“I would like to study mechanical engineering,” Kvietok said. “I have the hope of going into product design in terms of the prototyping, user research, marketing, working in a product design firm… But at the same time I want to leave my options open and I think mechanical engineering would allow me to take that path or take a more technical path, perhaps in aerospace or some other industry.”
He credits Paul Clinton, his technology teacher and CT’s Technology Student Association (TSA) advisor, for inspiring his interest in technology and product design. Kvietok has been a TSA member for four years and one of the group’s officers the past two years. He says the support of his teachers and counselors has been invaluable, as has the support of his peers, especially those in the International Baccalaureate program.
“Having that kind of family within a larger school, of people that I have all the classes with, that I can ask questions of, that I can relate to, that I can count on, that’s been super helpful,” Kvietok added.
On April 20, Kvietok will join other Coca-Cola Scholars as they travel to Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, for Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a group community service project. The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will also be the guests of honor at the 29th annual Scholars Banquet.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to better to the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service and action that positively affects others.