CLARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson High School has named Julia Kalynchuk Crusader of the Month for June for her commitment to the school and the community. Students and teachers agree that Kalynchuk is a positive force in the school. 

Kalynchuk believes her key to success is “happiness, discipline and the willingness to change.” Kalynchuk explained, “It all starts with happiness, if you love and are happy with what you do, it then transitions into discipline.”  Kalynchuk also believes flexibility is important. “Your willingness to change is any obstacle you face,” Kalynchuk added,  “Any outside source will knock a person down, however if you push through and change your mindset you will accomplish anything. I strive to live everyday by these points. I believe it's these points that help drive me into success.” 

Kalynchuk applied to a number of schools including the University of Rhode Island, Monmouth University, Rutgers and University of Delaware. “I have decided to attend Monmouth University in the fall,” stated Kalynchuk, where she will be an undeclared major, however it will be in a field such as Chemistry, Biology, Psychology or Medicine. 

Sign Up for Clark Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Eventually, Kalynchuk plans on studying medicine. “The reason I am pursuing a career in the science field is because it brings me joy. The science field challenges me to think and question our world and that's what brings me joy and excitement.”

While Kalynchuk has been an active member of the ALJ community, she believes her greatest impact was in the Ukrainian youth organization that she has participated in since she was nine years old. “Through the years I have grown and become a leader in the organization, it was my job to continue traditions and amplify them and I believe I accomplished that.”  “Moreover, I created new traditions that excited the organization and brought new members,” added Kalynchuk. 

Kalynchuk will miss the teachers and staff at ALJ and all the activities provided by the administration. “Even through the toughest time such as now, teachers and the administration continue to find ways to make the school year enjoyable,” explained Kalynchuk. 

Kalynchuk is very thankful to many teachers at ALJ. “Ms Colosimo taught me to be a better writer and broadened my mind. Dr. G made me fall in love with chemistry. Over the last few months I have learned that Mr. Truempy cares about his students thoughts and feelings and always asks for our input when implementing something new. Lastly, Mr. Barry and Mr. Marcin have been with me since my freshman year on the track team. I will miss them very much and hopefully they continue impacting athletes just as much as they impacted me.”