Howdie Martha Czernuszenko!


Martha Czernuszenko smiling for the camera after completing her interview.

The Wrangler: What do you do over the summer?

Czernuszenko: It varies from summer to summer. Constantly I’ve swam and I’m a coach for Greatwood Gators this year, and I’m also going to a church conference in Steubenville and a girls’ bluebonnet program which is pretty much an introduction to government.

The Wrangler: Where’s Steubenville?

Czernuszenko: In Louisiana.

The Wrangler: What’s it like to be a volunteer swim coach?

Czernuszenko: It’s one of my favorite things. Just swimming with the kids is a lot of fun. It’s a lot of hours, but it’s always great to see how one swimmer from the beginning varies from season to season or even from week to week. It’s a lot of fun.

The Wrangler: So you get in the water with them?

Czernuszenko: Yes, I usually get in for six and unders, and then anyone struggling in seven and eights.

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The Wrangler: What do you do at school?

Czernuszenko: I do a lot. I do NHS, I run the twitter page for NHS and I am part of Student Council, I’m class Historian, I founded Catholic club. I did band my freshman year, I did swim my sophomore year. It’s like the girl from John Tucker Must Die– Carrie- I’m like her.

The Wrangler: Why do you do all of that?

Czernuszenko: It’s what I like to do. It’s just kind of like- even though being busy stresses me out, I like to be busy because if I’m not doing something, it’s like I need to be doing something. And definitely just to gain skills for future leadership skills.

The Wrangler: How do you keep up with the school schedule you have?

Czernuszenko: I don’t. No, I’m kidding.  I do, a lot of it is just taking it day by day but also thinking about the future. Also, trusting God and just knowing that everything is going to be okay and everything is going to work out. But definitely just taking it day by day, but also, looking out for the future and thinking ‘what can I do so that I have less to do in the future?’

The Wrangler: What are you excited for in the upcoming year?

Czernuszenko: My parking spot. No, actually I’m just excited for my friends, and you know it’s my last year and I think it’s going to be a great year. We’ve grown up all together and to just have this last year together is going to be awesome.

The Wrangler: What do you want to do when you grow up?

Czernuszenko: It fluctuates. Mostly I want to do something with science and business. I really hope there’s a job out there that can combine the two. I would love to travel when I grow up, but that’s not really a job. But, probably be an executive, like CEO, of a company.

The Wrangler: What are some things that are unique about being Polish?

Czernuszenko: Well a lot of people in Poland don’t eat meat on Friday all year, and it’s pretty much just Lent because if you’re catholic you don’t eat meat during Lent, so they just don’t eat it the whole year. Also, after Easter Sunday there’s called Wet Monday where you pour buckets of water on people and it’s a tradition. There’s just a lot of Polish things- just the food- just food is different. Over here a sandwich always has a top, over there a sandwich never has a top. Or you just have bread and salmon or beets are used a lot- its more natural. People get excited because they don’t always have blueberries all year like we do. It’s less GMOs over there so when there’s raspberry season, that’s something to celebrate. And it’s always so cute to see that.

The Wrangler: What do you do when you go to Poland?

Czernuszenko: Usually I visit my family. Sometimes we’ll do tourist-y spots but all my family lives is Warsaw Poland which is the capital, and we usually go to old town or new world- which are parts of Poland that are similar to town square but it’s more Polish and antique. And I usually just visit my family and we hang out.

The Wrangler: What are some things you miss from it (Poland)?

Czernuszenko: I definitely miss my family the most- probably my grandparents and my cousins. And I miss ice-cream, too. They have the best ice-cream there and it’s so natural. And also, something else I miss is [stratula]- yogurt. I miss a lot of food, it’s so good. It is so good because it’s vanilla with little pieces of chocolate. And it’s everywhere, but here it’s nowhere. You can’t get [stratula] yogurt.

The Wrangler: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Czernuszenko: Teleportation, because I love to travel and I think it would be so cool. Also, skipping school traffic in the morning and after school would be great. Just traveling; I’m here in the summer and ‘oh what if I want to go to India or South Africa?’ and you know- teleportation.

The Wrangler: Don’t you think there would be some limits to having teleportation? Like you could only teleport so far or you could only be in that spot for so long before you had to come back?

Czernuszenko: True. That would be depressing but, if I could skip school traffic then it would be worth it. You know- I’ll figure it out. In the future someone will tweak some stuff and it’ll work out.