Born with one arm, standout athlete aims high on field, in classroom

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October 21, 2015

In this undated photo, Valeria Tkacik plays lacrosse at Ave Maria University in Florida. (CNS photo/courtesy of Ave Maria University) See TKACIK Oct. 21, 2015.

In this undated photo, Valeria Tkacik plays lacrosse at Ave Maria University in Florida. (CNS photo/courtesy of Ave Maria University)

AVE MARIA, Fla. (CNS) — Valeria Tkacik is a standout lacrosse player for Ave Maria University in Florida. By all accounts, she is a leader on and off the field.

Tkacik was named to the National Women’s Lacrosse League South Regional Team and is considered a talented athlete who loves playing lacrosse, basketball, golf, track, soccer and flag football.

A good student in the classroom, Tkacik was also accepted as a Mother Teresa Scholar at Ave Maria. She has contributed service time for charity work, including a mission trip to Harlem in New York City where she served the poor and homeless. Also, Tkacik recently got a haircut and donated 12 inches of her hair to Art of Wigs to help cancer patients. As a freshman, she served as a representative on Ave Maria’s student government. For her sophomore year, Tkacik will serve on the student activities board and was selected for Ave Maria’s media internship program.

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