Fitzpatrick competed annually at the Delaware
Valley Russian Olympiada and won
one silver and three gold medals. In
addition, he participated in the National Russian Essay contest and was
an honorable mention and a bronze medal. In 2011 John was
as a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
recipient to study abroad in Russia. John Fitzpatrick plans to
attend college in the fall 2012. He has applied to Temple University
where he wants to combine the study of international business and
Currently, John is an honors student at Abington Heights High
School who is involved
in many extracurricular activities: he is a captain of his high school's
track team (in
which he competes as a pole-vaulter and high jumper) and
a member of the Russian club.
Here is what he has to say!
My name is John Fitzpatrick. I am an 18 year old senior at Abington Heights high school and will graduate in June of 2012. I plan to attend college in the Fall. My home town is Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania and I am the middle son in a family of three boys. I live at home with my parents and younger brother. My oldest brother is away attending college. I am an honors student and am involved in many extracurricular activities. Presently, I am a captain of my high school's varsity track team in which I compete as a pole vaulter and high jumper. Also I am the co-creator and co-founder of our spirit club and a member of the Russian club. During my high school career, I have developed strong interests in history, chemistry, mathematics and especially, Russian. I first began studying Russian in seventh grade. Since my first exposure, I have fallen in love with the Russian language and its culture. Upon entering high school, I continued to advance my study of the Russian language by enrolling in an Honors Russian class for all four years. While in high school, I had opportunities to compete annually at Temple University's Olympiada where I earned three gold medals and one silver. Additionally, I participated in the National Russian Essay contest and was awarded an honorable mention and a bronze medal.
My greatest and most proud accomplishment was being selected as a 2011 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship recipient to study abroad in Russia. As a NSLI-Y scholarship winner, I was placed in Kazan, Russia where I lived with a Russian host family for six weeks during the summer of 2011 and I was fully immersed in the Russian language and its culture. I attended classes at Kazan Federal/State University to further the acquisition of my Russia language skills and I toured many historical Russian sites. This opportunity was a life changing experience for me and made me realize that I wanted to pursue Russian in college as well as in a future career. I hope to combine the study of international business and Russian Studies in college, so that I may use my knowledge of the Russian language in my profession.