STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Luciana Schement
AUSTIN, Texas – Cherokee Nation citizen Luciana Schement in March became a collegiate national champion for her wrestling team at the University of Texas at Austin.
As the only female wrestler on the team this year, she earned the National Collegiate Wrestling Association national championship for the 116-pound weight class. She is also a two-time collegiate All-American.
Schement began wrestling in high school after some encouragement from her sister, who also wrestled.
“It was definitely some getting used to. It’s awkward. It’s a very contact sport. It is awkward at first, but once you kind of get over that it’s really fun, and I’ve really ended up enjoying it,” she said.
She became the Texas High School 6A state champion in 2015 for the 119-pound weight class and high school All-American.
Schement said being the only girl on the team this year at UT-Austin, she sought out area high schools who have a women’s wrestling division so she can practice and workout with other girls who are in the sport.
“Women’s wrestling is one of the sports that’s growing the fastest I think. Just looking at the numbers from when I was in high school until now, it’s increased so much. It’s pretty cool. It’s a lot of hard work, practicing and effort,” Schement said.
Aside from her wrestling accomplishments, Schement is trying to decide where she wants to attend graduate school.
She will soon earn a degree in aerospace engineering and is considering whether to pursue a master’s degree in the fall in aerospace engineering with a focus on astrodynamics.
“Honestly, being in school, I feel like everyone in my major either wanted to be an astronaut as a kid or they wanted to be a pilot. So being an astronaut would be cool. But as more of a practical goal, I think it would be exciting to work at NASA,” she said.
She is deciding between Purdue and the University of Colorado and for a master’s degree.