Lianna Wisneski

Daughter of Chad and Kimberly Smoron Wisneski


I am a 16 year old honors student at Lake Forest High School.  My favorite subjects are English Literature and French.  I have participated annually in Le Grand Concours and received an award for my score.  The best part of my school day is playing flute in the concert band, wind ensemble and flute choir.  I really enjoy leading the flute chamber group this year!  Another highlight of my school day is my teacher’s assistant position for the integrated wellness class.  My passion is to teach and I am hoping to pursue my degree in early childhood education and special education.  I spend most of my free time involved in competitive and performance dance companies in the ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz and hip hop disciplines, for which I have won numerous pins and team trophies.  I have been dancing for the past ten years and although it is a big commitment, I still find time for Church of St. Mary youth group, guitar lessons, cooking and creative writing.  I taught myself to play the ukulele and sing and found a wonderful audience in the toddler classroom at the Montessori School of Lake Forest where I spent the summer working with the children.  I continue to enjoy working in the MSLF classrooms whenever I have a break from school.  I am also a senior girl scout.  I have earned many patches, the bronze award, silver award and earned my community service bar.  I have spent the past year working on my Gold Award project.  I will complete and present the project in the next two months with over 120 hours invested.  It was a great learning experience for me and an amazing opportunity to give back to those less fortunate.

I have grown up with and enjoyed Polish traditions on both sides of my family, but in the last five years, I have become more and more interested in my roots.  I am fascinated by my grandpa’s (mom’s side) efforts to create and research a family tree and by my other grandpa’s (dad’s side) stories to explain the changes to the spelling and the meaning of our last name.  I have figured out ways to bring myself closer to my heritage by reading books on Polish traditions, meeting polish designers and modeling their clothes, and learning polish classical music on my flute. In college, I hope to study abroad in Poland and learn to speak the language.  My mother, two aunts, and last year my cousin, were Legion debutantes, and it has been a dream of mine to carry on the beautiful tradition ever since I can remember.  I am so grateful to the Legion for this opportunity to connect with my Polish roots and make my heritage a more prominent part of my life.  Now that my journey as a debutante has begun, I cannot wait for the 2017 White & Red Ball!