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Jacklyn Rzepecki

Class of 1996

I, Christopher Dzierzanowski, would like to nominate Jacklyn Rzepecki for the Wall of Fame at Frontier Senior High School. Jacklyn has shown throughout her life her superior athletic ability which helped her to qualify and run in the Olympic Marathon Trials not only once, but twice. This achievement is something that most runners only dream of.
Jacklyn is a native of Woodlawn, N.Y., and is a 1996 graduate of Frontier High School. Upon completion of high school, Jacklyn accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Houston. She graduated from the institution in 2000 with a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology. Jacklyn ran for both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at the UH. While enrolled at the university, Jackie received numerous awards and honors. Today, Jacklyn resides in Rochester, Michigan, and continues to exemplify exceptional character just as she did dating back to her time at Frontier.
Jacklyn’s career in running did not end after college. Jacklyn continues to compete today in several running events, especially marathons and half-marathons. She has been fortunate enough to have had success both inside and outside of the United States. Running with a marathon relay team, Jacklyn showcased her talents in Japan as well as in Athens, Greece. Inside the United States, Jacklyn travels from city to city to participate in marathon events -usually as an invited elite athlete. Twice, she qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials, once in 2008 and also in 2011. Additionally, Jacklyn earned the honor of 2010 Michigan Runner of the Year, and still finds time to travel back to Buffalo, N.Y. to race from time to time. She is a four-time winner of the annual YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot and also won the 2011 Buffalo Women’s Half-Marathon.
Jacklyn’s time at Frontier began in the eighth grade when she was promoted to the Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field teams. At the time, she was only 13-years old and was competitively competing against 18-year-olds. A 5-year-letterman, Jacklyn competed in numerous individual events. Today, 16 years after she graduated, Jacklyn still holds records in the 1000m (2:53) and the 1m relay (4:15) at Frontier. While enrolled at Frontier, Jacklyn hardly spent all of her time devoted to athletics. In the classroom, Jacklyn maintained and graduated with high honors and tutored other students when needed in a variety of subjects. Jacklyn also participated in after school clubs and activities. She was also a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Furthermore, Jacklyn was employed as a Dietary Aide at Heritage Manor (a retirement facility), from the age of 15 until her graduation from Frontier. Jacklyn was not only a model student-athlete at Frontier but she was also a model resident in the community.
During the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, G.A., the Olympic Torch passed through Western New York. Several key figures were selected to run with, and alongside the torch. Jacklyn was nominated by Frontier and accepted the opportunity to run alongside the torch for a few miles down Rt. 5 in Hamburg, N.Y.
After graduating from the University of Houston, Jacklyn moved to Michigan to participate with the Hanson’s' Distance (Running) Project for several years. There she began working (and continues to do so today) at the Clint Verran Sports Medicine Clinic as an Office Manager. Within her busy schedule Jacklyn also finds time to coach prospective athletes, is a personal trainer, works at a local preschool to teach children about proper nutrition and exercise, participates in many running events by taking pictures and helping with the races when she is not running in them, all while training towards her goal of qualifying for her third consecutive Olympic Trials. Please find several references on the second page that explore Jacklyn’s credentials for the Wall of Fame.
I believe Jacklyn Rzepecki is someone who Frontier should be honored to have had as a student-athlete. She is proud to be a Frontier graduate. Hopefully, Frontier is proud of her too.

Respectfully Yours,

Christopher Dzierzanowski, Counselor
The Pennsylvania State University

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