Port High to induct 1965 graduate to Wall of Fame

Sister Rose Kowalski, a 1965 graduate of Port Washington High School, will be inducted into the school’s Wall of Fame during a Thursday, April 11, ceremony.

Kowalski, a missionary and educator in Nicaragua, won’t be at the 2 p.m. ceremony, but her sister will accept the honor on her behalf and present a program on Kowalski’s work.

Kowalski recently retired from her position as director of Colegio Santa Ines in Waspam Rio Coco, Nicaragua, an elementary school with about 435 students and 25 staff members.

In December, she was transferred to a mission in Rosita, Nicaragua.

Her work brings to life her belief that through eduction, lives can be changed for the better.

Kowalski, whose birth name was Carol, is the daughter of the late Dolores and Henry Kowalski of Belgium.

She entered the order of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, based in Fond du Lac, immediately after graduating from Port High.

She took her final vows in 1968 and assumed the name Sister Rose Kowalski.

In 1975, her dream came true when she was sent to work in the missions.

She was sent to Mexico early on to learn Spanish, but her humanitarian work has been grounded in elementary school education efforts in three missions on the Atlantic coast region of Nicaragua.

Her work has been multifaceted.

Kowalski has worked with international nongovernmental organizations to coordinate health programs, such as Food for the World bulk donations for the school lunch program and Partners of Wisconsin volunteers who provide eye care, dental education and school supplies.

She has been a negotiator with government education representatives for teacher and administrative staff positions, supplies, books and training programs.

Kowalski has also had to act as administrator of the mission buildings, overseeing operations, maintenance, workers, a backup generator plant for electricity, water collection banks, desks for students, tree trimming and termite and rodent control.

Organizers of the Wall of Fame event said they believe her induction will help make Port High students aware of what they can achieve while helping others.

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