White and Red Ball 2020 Debutantes
Meet our 2020 Debutantes
Sophia DeMonte is a sophomore at New Trier High School in Wilmette and is proud to represent her Polish heritage at the White and Red Ball. She enjoys visiting her family in Rzeszów and Kraków, attending summer camp in Poland, and hiking in the Tatra Mountains. Music is one of Sophia’s favorite passions. She sings in her school choir and plays violin in the New Trier orchestra. She also loves classical piano, and has won silver and gold medals at Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA) competitions. Sophia is also teaching herself how to play the accordion as an added way to deepen her Polish roots, and will gladly accept any suggestions about this endeavor should you have any ideas that would help. Sophia is athletic, enjoys dancing, and playing on the school golf and badminton teams. In the summer she enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and climbing in U.S. National Parks as a way to commune with nature. In the winter she loves to ski and snowboard. Being a strong woman of faith, Sophia is a dedicated server and lector at Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier Parish in Wilmette. A bright and academic student, Sophia loves science and math but is especially excited by psychology and the study of how the mind works. After high school, she plans to earn a degree in clinical psychology.
Mia Anastasia Incledon is a junior “A” honor roll student at Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers, Florida. She is originally from the Chicagoland area and attended Holy Family Catholic Academy in Inverness, along with Fryderyk Chopin Polish School in Palatine. While academics are her main focus, the best part of her schooling centers around team activities and leadership opportunities, such as Swim Team and Musical Productions. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past 3 years and have been invited to and participated in GlobalNext International Leadership Conferences, taking her to France, Italy, Greece, Poland, and England so far. She will continue to expand her knowledge of the Polish culture and heritage by attending Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland this summer. Outside of her studies, she is actively involved in Swim Florida Swim Club, Math Club, Choir, and volunteers throughout the community. After high school Mia plans on pursuing a degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy in the Chicagoland area.
Eliza Wszołek is a freshman at Loyola University Chicago and is the daughter of Polish immigrants. She is pursuing her degree in Forensic Science with a Pre-Med track and minoring in Polish. At Loyola, she is a member of the Polish Studies Program, Polish Student Alliance, Commuter Student Life, Forensic Science Student Organization, and the FBI Chicago Citizens Academy for Students At Loyola University Chicago. She hopes to have a career in criminal medicine and work closely with the FBI. While attending James B. Conant High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered many hours to give back to her community, and was involved in the girl’s diving team and girl’s water polo team. Eliza is passionate about Polish culture and folklore. She’s been a member of Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble for 17 years. With the group, she has traveled to various countries such as Poland, Costa Rica, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, spreading Polish culture through song and dance. This past summer she performed at the 50th Polish Folk Festival in Rzeszów. She has also previously attended St. Faustyna Kowalska Polish School and graduated the high school level at the top of her class. As a new member of the Legion of Young Polish Women, she hopes to continue to spread awareness about Polish culture and be an active member in the Polish community in Chicago.
Olivia Bochnak is a sophomore at Buffalo Grove High School as well as a student at Polish School of Juliusz Slowacki in Wheeling. She is a first generation Polish American. Olivia is active on both the school swim and water polo team. In school she is also part of many clubs such as Bison Service Club where she gets together with students and thinks of ways to better her community. She takes passion in helping others outside the school as well by volunteering in many organizations such as the Lutheran Home. As a result of her interest in the medical field Olivia is a part of Science Olympiad and Discover Healthcare Club where she can deepen her knowledge in the field. By being persistent and studying hard Olivia has made the honor roll each semester. Outside of school Olivia loves outdoor activities especially tennis, biking and appreciating the beauty of different places when traveling. Olivia is passionate about her Polish culture and has been close to it her whole life. By attending Polish School she has not only mastered polish language but learned a lot about Polish history and traditions. Another activity that is a big part of Olivia life is polish folk dance. She has been dancing for 13 years. She first started at “Gaik” dance assembly then moved to “Wici Song and Dance” a couple years later. She is very proud to spread her Polish American culture around the world as she has traveled to many parts of the States & Europe with her dance group. After High School Olivia aspires to study Biomedical Engineering where she can continue to help those in need.