Hayes’ Pijanowski sees the law in his future
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Adam Pijanowski is one high school senior who is excited about his first chance to vote in a presidential election, which he’ll do in November.
The Hayes High School senior has an interest in politics that began when he was just in kindergarten.
At that time, he knew the names of the people running, if maybe not the positions they were running for. By the 2000 election, Adam was familiar with the candidates and their political parties.
In 2004, when Adam was 10, he said he knew more about the process — not just understanding the popular vote but also the electoral college. And by 2008, he began to analyze the process and pay attention to the primaries.
He admits his interest is mainly in the national process, with a bit of dabbling at the state level.
“Did you know,” he asked, “that the last time a Democrat won the county was Woodrow Wilson?”
As it’s still early in the college selection process, Adam is applying to Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Wooster College as well as his favorites; Georgetown University, American University and Oberlin College. Not surprisingly, Adam hopes to major in political science.
And judging by the 5 (the highest score possible) he received on the advanced placement government exam, Adam has the smarts to succeed.
After he graduates college, Adam said he intends to attend law school.
“A degree in political science would diversify my background and would help me understand more,” he said, adding that his interests are in civil law and in being a plaintiff’s attorney.
He sees his senior year as a transitional year. While he will be off to college next year and welcomes his future, there are some things to be done his final year of high school.
He has one more year, he said, to lead Key Club, one more year to participate in In the Know and one more year to leave his mark on the school.
“I’d like to leave a significant project behind,” he said.
Carolyn McQuattie is a past president of The Kiwanis Club of Delaware, and Kiwanis representative adviser to Key Club, a Kiwanis-sponsored service club at Hayes. Adam, a four-year member of the club, has been its president for the past two years.
“He has provided excellent leadership, and he has initiated a number of worthwhile service activities,” McQuattie said. “For example, last year Adam spearheaded the ‘Pennies for Patients’ project at Hayes which raised more than $400 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Adam also organizes service projects which benefit Willow Brook residents. He organized an evening activity where we served root beer floats to happy residents, and most recently he arranged for Key Club members to take hand-made greeting cards to Willow Brook residents. Adam has collected many dollars to help children worldwide by ‘trick-or-treating’ for UNICEF, he has helped make sleeping bags for the homeless, and this year Adam is taking the lead to decorate one of the high school classrooms for the ‘Haunted Hallways’ event, where Delaware children ‘trick-or-treat’ at the high school. I am impressed by Adam’s service-minded attitude and his willingness to participate in all projects initiated by Key Club members.”
McQuattie said Adam also participates in Kiwanis community service projects serving as a pancake flipper at the group’s annual Pancake Breakfast.
“Adam is a skilled public speaker and has given two presentations to our Kiwanis Club, both of which were outstanding in their organization, thoughtfulness and depth of knowledge,” McQuattie said, adding that Adam is “an enthusiastic, multi-faceted young man.
“It has certainly been a pleasure to work with Adam through Key Club. Adam’s dedication to bettering his community through service to others is commendable and inspiring.”
Besides Key Club, Adam is also involved with student council, Mock Trial and In the Know.
Playing on the varsity team with In the Know, he said the team has won Mind Games, a radio competition, for the last three years.
“I would like to make it a fourth,” he said.
Adam Haynes had Adam in AP U.S. Government and Politics last year. Haynes said Adam is “truly one of our shining stars” excelling both in academics and extracurricular activities.
“Mr. Pijanowski is a hard working, trustworthy and compassionate young man,” Haynes said. “It goes without saying that Mr. Adam Pijanowski is truly an asset to Rutherford B. Hayes High School and the Delaware community.”
Having participated in numerous leadership academies, Adam spends much of his spare time volunteering, whether it is at the library during the summers, at Willow Brook year round or with political offices or the board of elections during election seasons.
In his limited spare time he enjoys visiting battlefields, museums and historical sites.
Former Hayes guidance counselor Wendy Brown said, “I cannot say enough nice things about Adam. He is simply remarkable in so many ways. Adam sees only good in everything and everyone and is a true humanitarian. Adam is always focused and intent on learning. He takes things in, processes them, and use the information in unique ways. The students accept Adam for who he is and stands for. In my 35-year career, he tops my list.”
As Adam looks to the future, he offers the following advice to underclassmen.
“One, pay attention. Two, study very hard. And three, get involved,” he said, adding that getting involved is the most important thing to do in high school, either through sports, volunteering or student government.
“It creates a sense of community,” he said.
Adam is the son of Bruce and Pamela Pijanowski of Delaware.