Tigers News · Tiger Alumni Spotlight: Gracie Lachowecki


Memorial Athletics Alumni Spotlight

  • MHS Graduation Year:  2013

 

  • Current Occupation:  Registered Nurse

 

  • Job Title:  Pediatric Nurse Navigator

 

  • Organization:  Frazier Rehabilitation Institute in Louisville, KY

 

  • List of Past Jobs and Internships:  Previously I was a night shift nurse and a charge nurse at Frazier

 

  • Why did you (or your parents) choose Memorial High School:   It was important to my parents that my brother and I received a Catholic education. My dad also attended Memorial as a student. He had a really great experience, and knew that Memorial could provide that for my brother and I.
  • Who influenced you the most during your time at Memorial and why?      Coach Angie Lensing influenced me the most while I was at Memorial. I had the privilege of playing soccer for her and being taught in the classroom by her. She went above and beyond each day as a coach and teacher. I could always count on for her advice, and still do until this day. She goes out of her way to make each student and player feel loved and important. I always admired her ability to create a positive team environment, empower each person to be unique, and show each person how their strengths are crucial to team success. I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for me, and I certainly feel like I wouldn’t be where I am today without her guidance.

 

  • Share your favorite Memorial Memory:   My favorite Memorial memory is winning state in soccer my senior season (2012). Growing up, I could not wait to play soccer for Memorial. My eighth grade year (2008) both the boys and girls soccer teams won state. Each year while I was there, we had the potential to win state, but were not able to accomplish it until our senior year. I have so many great memories playing soccer at Memorial, but it was the perfect ending to my high school career.
  • What was the most important thing you learned while at Memorial?   Coach Mattingly’s saying “be thankful for where you are at, what you are doing, and those you are doing it with” has always stuck with me. I always try to remember this whenever I am going through hard times. It also reminds you in the best of times to take a step back and thank God for the blessings he has given you.
  • What advice do you have for current student-athlete to make the most of their experience at Memorial?    Never take putting on the Memorial jersey for granted and remember to enjoy each high and low along the ride. Memorial has such a great sports history which sometimes makes athletes focus solely on “winning championships”, but the most important thing is the friendships and sense of teamwork you gain along the way.
  • Describe Memorial in three words?    Tradition. Faith. Family.
  • Describe your college and career path?   I attended the University of Miami to play soccer and attend nursing school. It was my dream to play soccer and do nursing school at the same time. I was inspired to become a nurse because two of my Memorial soccer coaches, Jamey Williams and Holly Happe, were nurses at the time. I knew they truly enjoyed taking care of their patients, and I thought it was so cool that in their spare time they coached soccer. Most schools would not allow me to do both soccer and nursing at the same time, but Miami was the only one willing to let me. I had a successful soccer career despite missing the majority of practices my junior and senior year because of nursing school and clinicals. I contemplated playing professional soccer, but decided to finish nursing school and start my career (playing soccer would have made me miss my last semester of senior year). I decided to apply for jobs in Louisville, Kentucky so that I could come back closer to home. I knew I wanted to work with kids, so I starting applying for pediatric jobs and found Frazier.
  • What is your greatest professional accomplishment?   My current job is my greatest professional accomplishment. I am able to educate pediatric patients and their families and prepare them to discharge home after their hospitalization. I was able to be a bedside nurse for a few years, but felt like I never got to spend enough time with each patient. Now, I can really build a relationship with each patient and make them feel better about whatever health issue they are facing. I enjoy working very closely with our doctors and therapists to ensure each kid is receiving the best care possible.
  • How did your education at Memorial prepare you for what you did in college and are doing today?   Memorial prepared me for college and my current job by always pushing me to be the best version of myself. I always try to do the job to the best of my ability instead of just doing enough to pass by. The teachers made sure you felt prepared for college. The grading scale also held me to higher standards. I felt like I was always striving for “6’s” even after I left, which raised my GPA in college.
  • What activities or sports were you involved in at Memorial?   Soccer, Snowflake, SWAT (I don’t think this is a thing anymore haha), Link Crew, Yearbook, Spanish Club
  • What is something people may not know about you?  My real name is Mary Gracen. Gracie is just a nickname.
  • Are you married? Have children? Anything else you would like to share!  Currently engaged to fellow Memorial Alum Logan Wedding. We are getting married in May 2021. We live in Louisville. Logan will graduate dental school in May, and will begin Orthodontic School in July.