White and Red Ball 2022 Debutantes
Meet This Year's Debutantes
Marianna Mosz is a sophomore at Taft High School in Chicago, IL. She is a dedicated, honor roll student and currently in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at school. The IB program encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. Her parents are Polish immigrants, making her a first-generation Polish-American. She expanded her knowledge of the Polish language, geography, and history by studying at St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe Polish School in Chicago. Her love for the Polish culture grew after the many visits to Poland, and especially her parents’ hometown, Bielsko-Biała. Marianna is proud to spread her Polish culture through song and dance and has been a member of the Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble for the past 13 years. Polonia has traveled to many countries around the world such as Poland, Costa Rica, Croatia, Greece, Bosnia, and Italy, where they are able to showcase their passion and dedication to spread the beautiful Polish culture and traditions. Polonia has also been included on the cover of Vogue Poland, where they embraced their Polish culture in Chicago. Marianna is also very dedicated to Ballroom Latin dancing and has been dancing in Interclub Academy of Dance for the past 9 years and competing in dance for the past 6 years, under Iwona and Erwin Rybczyński. She is currently in the open gold level, competing nationally. Her commitment to singing started when she was around eight years old in the Wicherki children's choir, and now she is part of the Nadzieja choir operating at the St. Constance parish. She is also been a part of a Polish choir, Słowiki under Eliza and Arkadiusz Górecki, for the past 3 years. After graduating from high school, she plans to pursue a career in dentistry.
Monica is currently a proud representative of the May 3 Parade Committee as 2021 First Lady of the Court and Miss Photo where she volunteers at various Polish cultural and charity events and speaks to Polish youth about the importance of never forgetting one’s roots. She hopes to continue her passion of being involved in the Polish community by participating in the 82nd Red & White Ball as a part of the Legion of Young Polish Women. Monica graduated from the Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy program at Northwestern University in 2021 and from Dominican University in 2020 with a BA in Political Science and History. She’s proud to say that she graduated at the top of her undergraduate class as a Summa Cum Laude graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Previously, she interned at a non-profit legal organization in Washington DC for an entire semester, and then the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Domestic Violence division. She volunteers at Amicus Poloniae, a legal clinic for the Polish community. Monica hopes to attend law school in the future and combine her passions of law and education by working in higher education law. Outside of school, Monica loves traveling, photography, modeling, and playing the piano. Her favorite country, of course, is Poland where she has been 14 times.
Kayla Wisneski is a 17 year old honors student at Lake Forest High School. Her favorite subjects are literature and Journalism. She loves writing articles for the school newspaper, and singing in the school choir. She also enjoys her teacher’s assistant position in the integrated classroom, working with the special needs students. Her passion is to write, for both storytelling and reportive purposes. She has won many creative writing contests, for both stories and poetry. She intends to pursue a career in Journalism. She spends much of her free time reading, but also loves to play the ukulele, and enjoy musical theater. She is also a member of her high school’s Religious Diversity club, through which she shares her Polish traditions with peers. She has grown up with Polish roots on both sides of her family, and started participating with the Legion over the past 5 years. The White and Red Ball is also a family tradition, spanning multiple generations in her family. She is so excited to continue the tradition, and have her own magical experience being a Debutante!
Maya Pawlusiewicz is a dedicated and hard-working honor roll student at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. She is a committed open gold ballroom and Latin dancer at Interclub Academy of Dance in Niles that competes nationally with her dance partner, Adam. She started ballet and tap dance at the age of 3 and proceeded to transition into the ballroom community. With all of her hard work and consistent training she has been awarded first place in championships and scholarships at almost every competition. Later in the future, she wants to continue her passion as a professional for this beautiful sport. She attends Juliusz Slowacki Polish School in Wheeling, IL in hopes and determination of expanding her knowledge about Polish culture and history. She has continued to keep progressing at Polish school after learning from the work of her grandma's international Polish school books. Maya is a proud second-generation Polish and American citizen. Maya and her family visit Milówka, Poland every year to embrace the Polish culture as well as visit and assist her góralski family with their restaurant/hotel. Maya is an avid member of two Polish camps, both in Poland and Wisconsin. She volunteers as a junior counselor at Camp Vista to help maintain a clean camp, and nourish the younger campers. She hopes that one day she can become a counselor and be a mentor for the younger kids. In the future, she wishes to become a successful surgeon and extend her knowledge at medical school in Illinois.
Rachel Carlson is a senior at Huntley High School and is representing the third generation of Legion debutantes in the Poczatek Family. Rachel enjoys playing sports and has participated in cross country, track, and soccer in her three years at Huntley High School. Rachel is also active in her high school’s chapter of National Honor Society where she serves as the Director of Service. As Director of Service, Rachel has been instrumental in the formation and successful implementation of a remote based tutoring program that connects NHS members with students in grades three through five to support these students through the challenges of remote learning during the pandemic. Rachel is an honor student and has great interest in her STEM courses and plans to pursue this interest into college. Outside of school, Rachel is a member of the Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program where she attends monthly events that expose her to potential career paths in healthcare while exposing her to mentoring and networking opportunities. After high school, Rachel’s future plans are to study in a STEM related field with hopes to travel abroad to continue learning about her own culture and others. With a rich family history of participation in the White and Red Ball, she is excited to carry on the tradition and represent the third generation of her family and well as display her pride in her Polish heritage.
Kaya Wzorek is a 2022 graduate at James B. Conant Highschool and attended Czesława Miłosza Polish school for 3 years. She is a first-generation Polish-American and the oldest daughter in her family. In Conant, Kaya takes advanced & AP engineering, math, and science classes in hopes to accelerate her education in the engineering field. She is currently planning to study and earn a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Even though Covid-19 created a limit on how often she could participate in school, she is an active member of the National Honors Society and a leader in her school's Medical Careers Club. She is also a member of Conant’s Fellowship of Christian Students. With her persistent studying, Kaya has made her school’s honor roll every semester. Outside of school, Kaya takes part in her church’s High School Ministry. When it comes to her Polish heritage, Kaya is proud to celebrate her Polish culture with friends and family. She visited her family in Poland in 2018 and is anticipating visiting again once travel restrictions loosen. As a new member of the Legion of Polish Women, Kaya hopes to make a big impact with the Legion and hopes to encourage other Polish girls to celebrate their culture.
Maeve is currently a Sophomore at Lyons Township High School, in Western Springs, Illinois. As a freshman, she auditioned for the Speech Team and was accepted. Last year, she participated in the team's Humorous Duet Acting event and won 3rd place in the National Bradley University competition. This year, Maeve is looking forward to being an event leader on the Speech Team. She has been a First Honor Roll Student every semester of High School. Maeve enjoys playing violin and participating in orchestra concerts. She works as a cashier at Casey’s Market in Western Springs. Maeve is a third generation, and the fifth debutante from the Ciesla family. She is honored to continue the tradition of being a Debutante at the White and Red Ball.
Julia Borek is a junior at Lake Zurich High School and is a first generation Polish American. She is a high honor roll student and participates in multiple school extracurriculars. This is her second year being elected president of the Spanish club, which has gifted her the experience of being a leader. Apart from being involved in her school’s orchesis dance team, she also belongs to Trilogy Dance Company where she competes in hip hop. Outside of school Julia has been giving back to her community for ten years through participation in Girl Scouts. Her favorite part of her childhood was being able to travel to Poland to visit her family, learn about her culture, and to eat her Babcia’s pierogi! After high school Julia plans on pursuing her passion of caring for others by majoring in nursing She is very excited and proud to take part in the tradition of the White and Red Ball.
Klaudia Jarek is a senior at Lake Park High School in Roselle. She is a dedicated student with the Highest Honor Roll, taking mostly AP classes. Klaudia is the daughter of Polish immigrants. She is passionate about music and she plays piano and percussion. Currently, she’s participating in the drumline in the Lake Park Marching Band and spends her off season competing in indoor drumline with Crystal Lake Thunder in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Klaudia graduated Polish School Faustyny Kowalskiej in Lombard; she mastered the Polish language and learned a lot about Polish history. Her family celebrates traditional Polish Holidays with family and cousins. She visited Poland with her mom throughout the years and visited places like Warsaw Uprising Museum, Częstochowa, Krakow, Auschwitz, Tarnow, Bialystok. A nature lover, she enjoys extreme sports like ATV’s, snowboarding, zip lining, waterfall rappelling, hiking, and playing volleyball. She is eager to turn 18 so she can make her dream of skydiving come true! Outside of school, she works, lifts weights and spends time with friends! After High School, Klaudia plans on pursuing a medical field in Cardiology.
Kalina Boksa graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. She's currently taking classes at Triton community college to continue her career and apply for a Doctorate of Optometry degree. When she's not studying, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and skiing. Kalina and her family even belong to a Polish skiing club that they often travel with! She's also passionate about traveling and spent the fall of 2018 studying abroad in London. While there, she had the opportunity to visit 10 countries in Europe. She's looking forward to being a debutante in the Legion of Young Polish Women's 2022 White and Red Ball!