Anna Dobrowolski, a senior, who is ranked #6 in her class is wearing a selection of jewelry and sculptures she made in her art class at Stagg High School in Palos Heights. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 6, 2013 6:01AM
If it is creative, Anna Dobrowolski is probably good at it.
Dobrowolski, a senior this fall at Stagg High School, is known for her creativity.
At the Palos Hills school, she’s very involved with the drama department, but you won’t find her onstage. She prefers working with the crew and painting the sets.
“I started out as being an actor in the freshman show, then I got into costumes and now I’m working as the assistant stage manger,” Dobrowolski said.
“The acting is just one part of a production. There’s also the whole crew and everyone backstage who piece the magic together. There is so much going on and it is so great to be a part of that,” she said.
Dobrowolski enjoys it so much that she even returns to her old haunt, Conrady Junior High School in Hickory Hills, where she first become interested in working on the crew and painting the sets. Even now, she will return to her alma mater just a week before their productions to help paint the sets, backgrounds and prepare the other “artistic stuff” as she calls it, such as shrubbery, trees and signs.
“I also help with costumes,” she said.
In her free time, she makes jewelry.
“I have loved art since I could hold a pencil in my hand,” she said.
Presently, her passion is working on wax casting rings.
“They are like miniature sculptures made out of pewter,” Dobrowolski said. “Everything art-related is my passion.”
Dobrowolski, 17, says people are surprised when she says she wants to become an elementary school teacher.
“Since I’m mostly associated with art, people assumed, I’d be an artist or something, but I love the academics too. Plus, I really like working with children. If I become an elementary school teacher I get to teach the subjects I like while being creative and sharing my passion for art while working with kids.”
She is considering attending DePaul University or the University of Tampa. “Wherever I go, I eventually want to do a study abroad program,” she said.
At school, she is a member of Key Club, a group that works on several community service initiatives. She also works on the Literary Magazine.
In the classroom, Dobrowolski excels. She is ranked well within the top 5 percent of her class of about 600 students.
The daughter of Lucy and Robert Dobrowolski of Palos Hills, Dobrowolski says it is hard to name just one mentor.
“I find good qualities in almost everyone and that pushes me to want to know them better and be better myself. Take my mom, for instance, as she improves in her life, so do I,” she said.
She credits her 10-month- old brother, Johnny, as a primary motivator.
“He is so energetic and happy. I feel like he motivates me to be more happy and passionate. He makes me want to be better in life,” she said.
“The same with my 12-year-old brother, Robert. I want to be an older sister that they can look up to and smile and be happy. I want to be there for them,” she said.