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September 2014


Arrowhead graduate Jared Kavinsky remembered

Jared Kavinsky, 21, is being remembered as a loving, upbeat, fun-filled person who enjoyed life to its fullest and brought happiness to the people around him.

Kavinsky died in a car accident near Saugatuck, Mich., on Oct. 24, according to Michigan State Police.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Kavinsky's black Honda lost control on wet slushy roads and left the roadway, striking the median cable barrier. The Honda stopped partly into the left lane of the freeway. Another motorist who witnessed the crash, Terrence Noone, 62, of Chicago, stopped to assist. Kavinsky and Noone were standing near the damaged Honda when another vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala driven by Joseph Willard, 26, of Comstock Park, Mch., also lost control and struck both men. Noone and Kavinsky were pronounced dead at the scene, while Willard was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

"He was an athlete and musician with a brilliant mind. But many that knew him were unaware of his achievements," wrote his mother, Jodi Kavinsky. She added that even with his diverse interests, he made sure to create meaningful relationships with friends and family members.

Raised in Hartland, Kavinsky graduated from Arrowhead High School in 2010 with numerous honors and accomplishments. He earned varsity letters in academics, band and baseball, took first place in the Wisconsin State Chess Tournament, was a member of the state championship baseball team, state champion MSOE Jets Engineering Team and took fourth in the DECA district competition.

He was an active student and participated in Chess Club, jazz band, marching band, Physics Bowl and Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad, Key Club, Knowledge Master Open and other intramural sports.

College friends describe Kavinsky as "the glue that held them all together," and Jodi Kavinsky said she was not surprised to hear this. She remembers this same characteristic, back to grade school, when four different classmates wrote essays about why Jared was their best friend.

Kavinsky was due to graduate in December with an honors degree in applied engineering sciences and concentrations in supply chain management and computer science. He was a recipient of honors and engineering scholarships and made the dean's list every semester.

He was a professorial research assistant for two years, served as the applied engineering sciences webmaster and founded Club Combo.

Kavinsky worked the last two summers as a GE Healthcare operations management leadership intern in Waukesha.

Director of the Applied Engineering Sciences Program Jon Sticklen wrote, "I count Jared (Kavinsky) as a friend and a student. He was one of the most academically adept students I have had the pleasure of working with. But beyond that was Jared's humanity, his quickness to help his fellow students, and his sense of humor. Jared was the rare student who had so many options open to him. I unequivocally know that no matter what Jared chose as his path, he would not just succeed, but succeed spectacularly."

"I was all set to watch Jared after graduation and see him start out and reach heights that I don't think even he saw yet," Sticklen said.

Jared is survived by his parents, Marc and Jodi (Lesiecki) Kavinsky; grandparents Gerry and Judy Lesiecki; aunts and uncles Greg Lesiecki and Gina McBride, Jeff and Krista Lesiecki, Rick and Karen Lesiecki, Drs. Clifford Kavinsky and Evalyn Grant, and Howard Kavinsky and Lauren Goldberg; cousins Mitchell, Josie, Finn and Tadd Lesiecki, Lincoln and Grace Kavinsky, Zach McBride, and Sarah Goran.

In lieu of flowers, a Jared Kavinsky Engineering Scholarship has been established at Michigan State University. Checks should be made out to "Michigan State University" with the memo stating "In memory of Jared Kavinsky." Gifts should be mailed to: Engineering Development and Alumni Relations, 428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3536, East Lansing, MI 48824

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and 9:30 until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service Friday, Nov. 1, all at the Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.

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