In September of 1999, our Kyle was a gap-toothed, bright-eyed second grader. At the same time, a beautiful young woman was entering her second year of college at U.W.G.B. She had recently shared her plan to declare a major in the humanities field. She thought this path would meld nicely with her plan to join Americorps (the national volunteer program.)
This came as no surprise to her friends and family; they knew Kathy Majewski as a very caring, involved person. She enjoyed life to the fullest; involving herself fully in every opportunity, be it school, clubs, community service events, or many part-time jobs she'd held over the years. A graduate of Tinytown High School, Kathy had run cross country and track, played piano, and worked on the school newspaper. She also wrote poetry and was a talented pianist. She was a real go-getter, and her community was a brighter place because she was in it.
Kathy's dad, Jim, warmly told me about the time she (the youngest of three) was in 8th grade and he asked her, "Do you want to do the dishes, or come outside and rebuild an engine with me?" She chose the latter, which tells you a lot about her; doesn't it? Kathy was a young woman who loved life, her family, and her community and was poised to make her mark in this world.
Sadly, she never got the chance to realize her dreams; Kathy's life was taken from her, leaving her family and friends heartbroken and a community in mourning.
Jim and Mary Lou, Wade, and Wendy, you have chosen to make a difference in this world, in Kathy's memory. I want you to know that the scholarship gift you've awarded our son will be used wisely; you have given it to a hard-working, caring, independent young man who, too, is a light in his community and lives life to the fullest.