Brookfield Central Class of 2006
2006 Central grad, Matt Smanski travels to Guatemala every two years to help build homes for those in need.
Matt began his Elmbrook journey at Hillside Elementary and Wisconsin Hills Middle School before becoming a Brookfield Central Lancer. While at BCHS, Smanski was involved in Cross Country, Track, Marching Band, Key Club, Running Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was an adamant Ultimate Frisbee player. Smanski competed in the Cross Country state meet two times, once with his team and once as an individual. Matt finished his running career with the fifth fastest time in school history.
"I appreciated so many of my teachers, their positive attitudes, and the enthusiastic approach to life that they instilled in me," stated Smanski. "Coach Blaha was the biggest influence on my positive worldview and has been an incredible role model to me. I'm also grateful to my English teacher, Mrs. Linnehan and her influence on my outgoing personality."
In 2006, Smanski graduated from Central and received a Cross Country scholarship to UW-Parkside. Matt began his college career at Parkside pursuing a degree in early childhood and special education, and along the way, found a new focus and interest in the field of communications. While at Parkside, he was actively involved as a student senator, mascot, and leader in Campus Crusade for Christ. He worked part-time as a BCHS custodian during the summer and began a Ministry Fund that he was able to use to sponsor a student in pursuit of his or her education in Guatemala.
Matt graduated from Parkside in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and a coaching certification and today works in a full-time custodial position at his alma mater. He remains committed to serving others; volunteering as a summer running camp coach, a judge for the Mr. BC talent competition, and by traveling to Guatemala every two years to serve the needs of a rural community with the Elmbrook Rotary Club. In his free time, he enjoys crafting, making videos, disc golf, and playing baseball with his nephew. "I've been incredibly blessed in my life and I'm thankful for any opportunity I have to give back," said Matt.