FRONT ROYAL – Glenda Mikulak was mother to a most extraordinary son. In sprite of the challenges of having Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and being confined to a wheelchair, Glenn Mikulak lived his life as fully as any other boy—right up until he died at the age of 18.
In his short life, the 2010 Warren County High School student touched many lives, including his late grandmother, Linda F. Hogoboom, as well as the students and teachers at his alma mater.
In fact, Glenn’s model of an eight-foot, six-inch replica of a cruise ship on which he sailed, is housed in the library at WCHS. Glenn was inspired to build the ship—dubbed the “Glennship” — with 10,000 K’NEX pieces while still on a cruise with his family.
Everyone who met Glenn knew he had a brilliant future ahead one him; he had planned to become an engineer. His mother is certain he would have achieved his goals, had he lived and gone to college.
That is why Glenda Mikulak decided to create the Linda F. Hogoboom Memorial/Glenn Mikulak Scholarship—to provide a $500 award to one college-bound senior at both Warren County high schools who has helped special needs peers and has a desire to contribute to society. Royal Examiner Editor Norma Jean Shaw chatted with Ms. Mikulak in front of her son’s creation, the “Glennship” recently…