Thornton Academy News

  • Upper School
Saturday Senior Spotlight: Stefania Grobelna

Welcome to our Saturday Senior Spotlights for 2021! We will be highlighting a wide variety of Thornton Academy members of the class of 2021 and featuring their accomplishments in the classroom, on the athletic field, in academic competitions, in the arts, and out in the real world. We are so proud of the resilience and dedication of this class in particular and are excited to share their stories. 


Today's spotlight features Stefania Grobelna. Stef is a residential student from Poland in her 3rd year at Thornton Academy. During her time at Thornton Academy, Stef has been active with the Academic World Quest team, Model United Nations, National Honor Society - she's on the Leadership Council, and serves as a prefect in Stasio Hall. Next year, Stef plans to return to Europe to attend university there. 

Stefania was nominated by AP Spanish teacher Pam Davis. Mrs. Davis  had the following to stay about Stefania : 

She has a great attitude, is interested in other cultures, is very positive about school, and wants very much to be here. 

What's your favorite spot on campus, and why? 

Hill Stadium - I always associate the stadium with good memories of going to the games with my friends, and of evening soccer matches with other international students. Sometimes, we even go there just to sit on the turf, hang out, and get some air. I’m an extrovert and all the social activity that happens on the stadium is what makes me like it so much.

What is your favorite Thornton Academy tradition and why? 

One of my favorite traditions is the annual Blackout Football Game because again, it’s a very big social event and it’s always very exciting to be a part of school life.  

What is your favorite class, teacher, or club? 

My favorite extra-curricular is Academic World Quest — I love my team and I think we work well together. Going to competitions is always exciting and regardless of the outcome, we have a good time. I also enjoy expanding my knowledge on past world events and keeping up with the current ones which makes this club a well-suited activity for me.

What are you most proud of from your time at Thornton Academy? 

I’m really proud of our World Quest team making it to the National Competition this year! 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully I will be able to hold a diplomatic position in an embassy or a consulate, or even the United Nations. Being a part of a bigger international community for most of my life, I enjoy seeing different perspectives and I love how we can acknowledge our cultural differences and instead of letting them divide us, we create an even stronger and diverse community.