April 29, 2016: Tessa
Petsche and Ina Pruzinskis are valedictorians for the Clarke University Class
Petsche, who lives in Dubuque, is originally from Monona,
Iowa, where she attended MFL Mar Mac High School. She majored in Psychology at
Clarke. She is the daughter of Jim and Lisa Petsche.
“Clarke offers a huge opportunity
for personal growth,” said Petsche. “Whether it
was through self-reflection and self-improvement I experienced
in my Psychology classes, the spiritual growth I experienced in my
religion classes, or the leadership skills I acquired with each group project
and presentation, I am certainly not the same person I was when I began this
journey. What I value most about my time at Clarke is how much I
learned about myself in the process. This experience was a
life-changer for me and I leave with a renewed sense of self and confidence
which I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Petsche completed her course work
in December and is currently employed with Holy Family Catholic Schools in
Dubuque. She plans to work toward a master’s degree.
Pruzinskis, who was born in Sterling Heights, Mich., is the
daughter of Juris and Ilga Pruzinskis. Her family now lives in Janesville,
Wis., where she graduated from Craig High School. She majored in Elementary
Education at Clarke with endorsements in Special Education and Reading. She
minored in Spanish.
“The things I enjoyed most about my time at Clarke were
playing on the soccer team, education classes and the Professional Development
School block at Fulton, Table Mound and St. Anthony’s elementary schools, and
the memories I made with lifelong friends.”
Pruzinskis will complete her master of arts in Education in
the next year through Clarke’s 4+1 program. She then plans to be a classroom
Clarke’s 173rd Commencement will be held at 2
p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus.
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