Student Spotlight - Andrew Luzik '19
Sports have always been an avenue for Andrew Luzik ‘19 to stay connected to Bishop Ireton.
As a kid, he would go to many of the football and soccer games with his friends at Fannon Field. He attended St. Louis Catholic School in Alexandria and knew he would become a Cardinal upon his acceptance to BI.
“It was an easy decision to come to Bishop Ireton because I was already connected to the school through sports,” he said.
Luzik started playing baseball in first grade, but tore his ACL during his 4th-grade season. Since he suffered the ACL injury at such a young age, he was unable to have surgery on his knee until his sophomore year.
“I played with a brace for seven years,” he said. “It was hard because I would never know when my knee would give out. It made me mature faster because I had to be more careful about how I used it.”
The school Athletic Trainer, Ty Gardner, helped him work back to full strength after his surgery. Ty regularly communicated with his parents during the rehabilitation process and even recommended that he visit a new doctor. “During recovery, I formed a close bond with Mr. Gardner. He really helped me through my rehab,” he said.
Luzik loves playing in the outfield as a member of the Varsity Baseball Team. Head coach Michael Olerta, his former baseball coach on his Mount Vernon Youth Travel Team, ensures practices and workouts are fun and engaging.
“He keeps us focused and makes us work hard, but everyone wants to be there together,” he said. “We have several seniors graduating this year, but he has already brought in over a dozen freshmen this year. He’s really grown our program since I’ve been here.”
Several of his teachers have given him a new perspective on subjects and have helped him excel in class. “Mrs. Verducci and Ms. Gitlin have helped me a lot in my classes this year. They've taught me about real-world issues and have prepared me for success after I graduate.”
Luzik plans to major in business when he graduates this spring. Although undecided on where he will attend college this fall, he has been accepted to Dayton and his awaiting responses from UVA and Virginia Tech, among others.