Meet Senior Daniel Chojnacki, the Scholar-Athlete for the month of November at St. Vincent High School. Daniel is the son of Joan and John Chojnacki and competed on the Cross-Country team for the Mustangs. During this fall athletic season, Daniel is being recognized for his commitment and dedication to academics, community, and sport.
Daniel came to the Mustangs from St. Vincent Elementary School as a freshman and remembers being anxious about joining the football team that year. But he found the team really accepting and continued to play through his sophomore year. In his junior year, Daniel took a break from football as he found out it “was not his thing”. Cross-Country appealed to him this year and with returning coach Mike O’Toole at the helm, Daniel gave it his all. Mr. O’Toole has commended Daniel’s dedication to the team and encouraging nature towards other runners. Cross-Country can be a very solitary sport, but with Daniel on the course, you always have a sense of community.
Upon entering his senior year at St. Vincent, Daniel currently has a 4.26 cumulative GPA. He has embraced the school’s motto of “enter to learn, leave to serve” with accumulating over 450 hours of community service with the St. Vincent Church, Rebuilding Petaluma, and Petaluma Valley Hospital. Along with his older brother Ryan, he has been instrumental in collecting used school supplies to give to COTS at the end of the school year. Upon reflecting back on his high school career at St. Vincent, Daniel says his most rewarding experience has been meeting different people from different backgrounds at the school. Daniel hopes to attend Cal Poly SLO, UC Berkeley, or UC Davis in the fall and major in computer science. Good luck Daniel, and the community of St. Vincent de Paul HS is proud of your achievements!