Each Monday and Tuesday, The Sun publishes profile stories on area high school seniors chosen from a group of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Around the end of the school year, a committee names one of these students as Teen of the Year, which carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
Romanak has earned a 4.294 weighted cumulative GPA at Paducah Tilghman, ranking him fifth in the class. He received a 35 composite ACT score and is an AP Scholar with Honor. Romanak is also a National Merit Commended Student.
He’s been involved in the environmental sustainability club, the Prime Rib and Another Shade of Blue a cappella groups, National Honor Society and other activities. In music, Romanak attended Governor’s School for the Arts for instrumental music last year and was first chair for double bass in the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) All-State Symphony Orchestra in 2020.
Romanak said he’s played the double bass for years.
“GSA was probably one of the most instructive experiences of my life, not only musically, but also socially, you’re put in tank with 300 other kids who don’t know anything about, but you all have one thing in common and it’s that you want to create your art,” he said.
As for what’s next, Romanak said he’s been trying get acclimated to changes in school, such as with virtual instruction, for his senior year. He’s looking at several colleges for undergraduate study, including University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Indiana University Bloomington and Vanderbilt University.
“I’m excited for college and I’m excited to see the end of the pandemic, but I’m especially excited to see what kinds of change this brings,” he said.
“And going into sociology, I think the field is going to be more interesting and there’s going to be more interesting research than there has ever been.”