Valerie Gruest Slowing has committed to Northwestern University

Athletics


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club - - Guatemala City Gu
free
50yd free 50m free 100yd free 100m free 200yd free 200m free 400m free 500yd free 800m free 1000yd free 1500m free 1650yd free
Best Result - - - - - - 4:20.89 - 8:51.18 - 16:34.89 -
fly
50yd fly 50m fly 100yd fly 100m fly 200yd fly 200m fly
Best Result - - - 1:02.83 - 2:12.82
IM
200yd IM 200m IM 400yd IM 400m IM
Best Result - 2:25.05 - 5:01.43
Swimming Honors
  • 10 & Under, Swimmer of the Year, Florida Swimming
  • 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14 Swimmer of the Year, Guatemala Swimming Federation -National Team Member FINA World Championships Long Course and Short Course Meters -National Team Member Guatemala Olympic Cycle: Central American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games -Olympic Team Member, Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing 2014
  • Most condecorated swimmer in the history of Guatemala for the Central American and Mexico Games (CAMEX) April, 2014. -8th place Prone Paddleboard 20 Km. International Surfing Association World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. Nicaragua 2014. -Qualified for FINA World Championships in Kazan 2015
  • 8th place in the 200mt Butterfly at the Pan Am Games Toronto 2015.

Academics


GPA
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SAT Math
SAT Score (Composite)
ACT Score (Composite)
High School
Colegio Valle Verde
School City
Guatemala
School State
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Guidance Counselor
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Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
89
School Size
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TOEFL Score
Class Rank
1
School Division
-
Major Category
Business Mgmt and Admin. Services
Major
Finance, General
Other Academic Information
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Personal


First Name
Valerie
Last Name
Gruest Slowing
Address
City
State
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Email
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Athlete's Mother
Athlete's Father
Gender
F
Height
5'6"
Weight
130
Birthdate
NCAA Clearinghouse ID
Personal Highlights

Member of the Guatemalan National Swimming Team for:
-FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, Istanbul, Turkey 2012
Swimming
-FINA Long Course World Swimming Championships, Barcelona, Spain 2013
Open Water and Swimming
-Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China 2014
Swimming
-FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, Doha, Qatar 2014

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Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

Poverty and lack of education in Guatemala have serious consequences in our communities.
Watching small children asking for money in the streets, without access to food, water, or and education, is both heartbreaking and alarming, especially when one considers their future. In Guatemala City many children are given away by their own parents to a person who pays them a fee to have their kids working in the streets all day long. It violates the children’s human rights and steals their childhood and their future.

The Municipality of Guatemala and our mayor's wife, Mrs. Patricia de Arzú, have created a program based on raising awareness in parents about the importance of giving their children an education. The program has put up many Children’s Centers around the city in which street children are given a proper education, three meals a day, and extracurricular activities to learn through and become engaged in. They are educating the children of tomorrow, but they lack the funds needed to keep these centers active year-round.

Because I believe that knowledge is both power and security, since September of 2009 I have organized a yearly 6-hour Swimming Marathon to raise funds for these centers, for hospitals for malnourished children, and for orphanages. Swimmers from all over the country have come to swim and donated money, supplies, clothes, and food for the children. So far, we have helped over 2,000 children.
Additionally, I often visit an orphanage in my neighborhood and spend time with the children. Every time I visit them my heart breaks as I realize their strong need for affection, love, and attention. Most of these kids have been abandoned, hurt, and abused. They are taken away from their homes and kept in orphanages under the care of women volunteers. The centers need many volunteers because they open their doors to more orphans every month.

By helping these children we are building a better Guatemala.

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