Josh Gromowsky: John Baylor Honor Student, Genius?

A look into the achievements of one of Skutt Catholic’s brightest students

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Josh Gromowsky: John Baylor Honor Student, Genius?

Josh Gromowsky standing in front of the wall of honor

Josh Gromowsky standing in front of the wall of honor

Photo by Sam Klemme

Josh Gromowsky standing in front of the wall of honor

Photo by Sam Klemme

Photo by Sam Klemme

Josh Gromowsky standing in front of the wall of honor

Sam Klemme, Entertainment Editor

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Josh Gromowsky, if you haven’t heard, is one of the brightest people here at Skutt Catholic. He was one of three students last year to earn a 36 on the ACT, an honor he received as a sophomore. On top of that he received a full ride scholarship to University of Nebraska-Lincoln in eighth grade when he had gotten a perfect reading score. The Flightline was able to ask Gromowsky about his journey and any advice he might have for those taking the daunting test.

What is your favorite class you have taken at Skutt Catholic?
I really liked honors precalc last year, I liked honors English freshman year, and I really like honors American studies this year.

What activities/sports/clubs do you participate in?
This is my first year trying cross country; before that I’ve done mock trial every single year, science quiz bowl, academic decathlon and I’ve done Guardians the past two years.

What do you hope to do when you leave Skutt Catholic?

I plan on going to college at UNL would be my guess, that’s where my brother is, and then I ideally want to go to law school and become a lawyer.

When did you start taking the ACT?
I took the ACT for the first time in seventh grade, and then I took it twice as a freshman, once in the summer before sophomore year, and once as a sophomore.

What was the first score you had ever gotten?
In seventh grade I got a 32.

Referring to what happened in eighth grade, were you surprised?
Yes I was. I was the president of student council and they had told student council they were going to have a pep rally so we needed to come up with cheers and so I tried to come up with cheers the night before, and then when I showed up we had no idea what was going on. There was just a bunch of UNL stuff and a camera crew. Completely surprised.

What was going through your head as they handed you a full ride?

I was still kinda in shock I guess, I really had no idea what was going on, but I was very happy.

What was your reaction when you had first seen you had a 36?
The first thing I did was text my brother, Matthew, who had already gone to lifting and told him I had finally matched him.

What pushed you to working so hard on the ACT?
My brother and I had a competition to see who could get the 36 first and when he got it I knew I had to push myself to get it.

What is a normal day in the life of Josh Gromowsky?
Since school started I go to school, cross country, eat dinner, do homework, watch T.V., catch up on twitter and read if I can get the chance.

What advice do you have for others who are taking the ACT?

Don’t be intimidated by the test, you can always do the best at it. Answer every single question if you can, even if you are unsure. Prepare for it, but don’t stress yourself out. Just go, relax and do your best.


Sam Klemme

Sam joined the Flightline in January of 2017. He is a senior this year, involved in choir, theater and cross country. Outside of school, he sings to himself and sits in his basement. You can email him at [email protected]