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Shawn Maczuga

Shawn Maczuga, Student Writer

My name is Shawn Maczuga, and I am a junior at Greater Nanticoke Area. I was born in Delaware but moved to Pennsylvania. I am a huge Auburn Tigers fan. I have never had the opportunity to leave the country, or even the state, but I do not mind. I am very content with life with my hard-working parents, my amazing sister, and my lovable cat; I could not fathom living without them.

As a resident of Wapwallopen, there are not many activities in which I can partake. In my spare time I enjoy playing basketball at the park, swimming at the creek and hanging out with my sister—she has the talent of making anything amusing. I spend most of the day at the park with my friends, family, or just by myself. Whether it is for football, basketball or even badminton, I will be at the park. I often bring my sister to swim at the creek on hot summer days, taking advantage of the opportunity to get out of the house and appreciate nature while cooling myself down in fresh water.

Over my years at GNA, I grew fond of the field trips that we took each year. The first of these was my trip to the Trolley Museum in kindergarten. Later on, in sixth grade, I was lucky enough to win the raffle at Biztown. The journey to Knoebels was a very enjoyable way to top off these experiences. I would say that trips have helped me grow as a person, and I am very glad to have been a part of each one of them.

When I finish high school, I hope to attend college in Pennsylvania or somewhere on the east coast. I will be studying zoology, animal science and biology. When I grow up, I wish to be an animal keeper at a zoo. My ideal life would be living with my wife and children in a suburban area with friendly neighbors. As long as I am not bored, have family and friends, I am happy with life. Ziad Abdelnour once said, “Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. And if things don't work out, just take another shot.” I believe that if everyone followed this philosophy, the world as a whole would be a much fairer place.

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