Illinois High School Senior, Natalie Koprowitz, Named Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
ARLINGTON, Texas – Natalie Koprowitz of Girard, Illinois, has been selected as the 2017 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow.
Determined by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, the prestigious award recognizes star qualities in a female United States Bowling Congress Youth bowler, including accomplishments on the lanes, academic achievement and community service. The award winner receives a $6,000 scholarship.
“I cannot begin to explain what it means to have been given this award,” Koprowitz said. “The first word that comes to mind is ‘validation.’ The last several years, I have really committed myself to my schoolwork, my community and bowling. This award shows how much it has truly paid off. Also, to have my name on this award with some amazing young women is a huge honor.”
Koprowitz is the top-ranked student at North Mac High School with a 4.33 grade-point average (4.0 scale). She has taken college prep classes is algebra, biology, physics, trigonometry, calculus and genetics, is an Illinois State Scholar and president of the National Honor Society.
She is a Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and Gifted Olympiad member, is president of the Science Club and Student Council vice president. As secretary of the Key Club, she helped organize quarterly blood drives through the Central Illinois Community Blood Center. She also volunteers at the Girard Food Pantry.
Koprowitz was introduced to the sport of bowling when she was 3.
“My father bowled growing up, and he started my three older brothers and me in league at young ages,” Koprowitz said. “Having my older brothers to compete against on the lanes really pushed me. It wasn’t until my early teenage years that I really began to bowl competitively. Both of my parents have been a huge support for me, and I can’t thank them enough.”
On the lanes, she won high school regional and sectional individual titles in 2017 and finished eighth in the Illinois High School Association state tournament. She had top-four individual finishes in the IHSA regionals and sectionals both her sophomore and junior seasons and was named to the 2015-2016 Dexter/USBC All-America Team.
She finished 87th in the U20 division at the 2016 Junior Gold Championships and was 32nd in U20 in 2015. As a U15 participant in 2015, she qualified for match play but lost in her third match in the bracket.
Koprowitz will continue her bowling career at St. Ambrose University in the fall. She plans to major in nursing and currently is enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant course, so she can get an early start in the field.
The Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award is named in honor of the USBC Hall of Fame member who was a seven-term president of the Women’s International Bowling Congress. It first was awarded in 1961.
Koprowitz will receive her award at the 2017 USBC Convention, which will take place April 24-27 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
New Mexico Bowler, Carson Opela, Earns Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award
Carson Opela of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, who has won two high school bowling team state titles, has been selected as the Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow.
The annual award recognizes star qualities in a United States Bowling Congress Youth member, including distinguished bowling performances on the local, state and national levels, academic achievement, and community involvement. Selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, the winner receives a $6,000 scholarship.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Opela said. “To be designated as a Star of Tomorrow gives me a lot of confidence as I advance forward in my academic and bowling careers. Being recognized for my achievements thus far in my life shows I am on the right path for my future.”
A high school senior who ranks second in his class at The ASK Academy Charter School, Opela has taken Advanced Placement courses in computer science, calculus, language and composition, English literature, statistics, government and macroeconomics. He is a National Honor Society member and has a 4.55 grade-point average (4.0 scale).
A member of the Boy Scouts since 2005, he earned Eagle Scout in 2013 and has more than 200 hours of community service. He also has been a tutor to students at The ASK Academy and Cibola High School.
He began bowling at age 3 but did not bowl competitively until the sixth and seventh grades, when his family lived in Montana. He qualified both years for the Montana Pepsi Championships. His family moved to New Mexico, and Opela says that was when he “really learned about competitive bowling for team and individuals.”
As a member of the Rio Rancho High School bowling team, Opela has won two team state titles (2014, 2016), has a runner-up finish (2015) and the team took third in 2017. He has been a New Mexico High School Bowling Association all-state selection the last three years and has three top-five finishes in individual series at state – second in 2016, fourth in 2014 and fifth in 2017.
He reached bracket play in the U15 division at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships and has finished in the top third in the U20 division the last two years. He also has won a New Mexico USBC Youth State title.
After he graduates high school, Opela plans to attend Purdue University and major in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on mechatronics and robotics.
“My choice of attending Purdue out of the many engineering colleges I applied to was that they have a bowling program,” Opela said. “I felt it was important to attain a great education but to still pursue my passion for bowling.”
Opela will receive the Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award, named in honor of the former American Junior Bowling Congress and Young American Bowling Alliance executive director, at the 2017 USBC Convention set for April 24-27 at The Orleans in Las Vegas