2011 CHS valedictorian pursuing doctorate


CHURUBUSCO — Over six years after graduating from Churubusco High School, the Class of 2011’s valedictorian is continuing to be a stand-out academically.

Starting in January, Shannon Kuznar is pursuing her doctorate in biology at the University of Louisiana after earning a full fellowship to attend the school.

Shannon Kuznar, 2011 Churubusco High School valedictorian, pictured with her dance coach, Tony Didier, from the Fort Wayne Ballroom Company.

Kuznar earned her bachelor of science in biology from Purdue University after three yeras, then spent a field season in Costa Rica working on sea turtle research and conservation.

In 2015, Kuznar began work on her master’s degree in biology from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She completed research on scalloped hammerhead sharks this year. Her master’s degree research involved her sending herself to the Smithsonian Institute in Panama to observe the electroreceptors of scalloped hammerheads.

She intends to continue her research on electroreceptors and fresh water fishes in the Peruvian Amazon.

In addition to her academic work, Kuznar is a competitive amateur ballroom dancer in her spare time. She will be competing Dec. 17 in the “Winter Solstice” dance competition at the Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum.

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