Christine Jurasinski

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Dr. Christine V.
Class Valedictorian
and Most Likely to Succeed

Christine Jurasinski, 6th Grade (1980)


Christine Jurasinski, 1982, 8th Grade

Christine Jurasinski

Christine Jurasinski-Sanchez, 2006

Lititz, PA

Christine & Carlos
(September 2001)

Dr. Christine Jurasinski-Sanchez and her hubby, Dr. Carlos Sanchez

Husband: Carlos Sanchez (married in July of 1998.)  Carlos is an Internal Medicine physician and has joined a practice in Lancaster.
Children: Triplets born in 2005!
Post HS Educ. &
Undergraduate at Elizabethtown College (graduated in 1990), finished her post-doctorate while at the Hershey Medical Center.

(In our senior yearbook Christine listed "Medicine" as the future career she hoped to enter.)

At Elizabethtown College, Christine was a recipient of the "A.C. Baugher Chemistry Award," "ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award," "ACS Student Affiliates Sophomore Chemistry Award," and the "CRC Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Award."
Occupation: Faculty position in the Department of Pediatrics at the Hershey Medical Center.

(The picture here is from a story about PSU's College of Medicine and their science and health outreach programs.  CLICK HERE to see the story.)

It appears she is also or is now, as of 2003, a member of Penn State's College of Medicine, as an "Instructor of Pediatrics."  Check it out:

According to the site, her areas of expertise include:
Receptors, Interleukin-1 Glucose
Muscle Proteins Insulin
Sepsis Muscle, Skeletal
Amino Acids Ribosomal Proteins
RNA, Transfer, Met

She is given credit for the following publications:

  • Cooney R. Owens E. Jurasinski C. Gray K. Vannice J. Vary T. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist prevents sepsis-induced inhibition of protein synthesis. 1994 Nov. Am J Physiol. 267(5 Pt 1):E636-41.
  • Vary TC. Drnevich D. Jurasinski C. Brennan WA. Mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle glucose metabolism in sepsis. 1995 Jun. Shock. 3(6):403-10.
  • Jurasinski C. Gray K. Vary TC. Modulation of skeletal muscle protein synthesis by amino acids and insulin during sepsis. 1995 Sep. Metabolism. 44(9):1130-8.
  • Vary TC. Jurasinski C. Kimball SR. Reduced 40S initiation complex formation in skeletal muscle during sepsis. 1998 Jan. Mol Cell Biochem. 178(1-2):81-6.

Christine is also part of BOLD - Penn States Biology of Learning and Development.

Since HS: Christine and Carlos have moved around quite a bit since they got married - Hershey, Allentown, Hamburg and now Lancaster.  Carlos is an Internal Medicine physician and has joined a practice in Lancaster, so they think they will be there for a while.  Throughout all of their moves, Christine stayed at Hershey Medical Center- finishing her post-doctorate and then taking a faculty position in the Department of Pediatrics, where she is now.  They are only 40 minutes from Reading and are there often to see Christine's parents and her sister and husband. 
High School
Christine's "Activities" section of the yearbook took up almost half of a page because she was involved in everything that she could have possibly been involved in - National Jr. Honor Society, Nation Honor Society, Modern Language Club, Y-Teens, Chorus, Science Club, Student Council, Girls' Leader Corps, Penn Post, Yearbook, College Bowl, Junior Miss, Golf team, Volleyball team, Who's Who Among American Students ... and we can't forget Youth Day and the Hugh O'Brian Leadership Seminar, what ever those are. Actually, come to think of it, I was never really sure what Y-Teens was either. I was always suspicious that it was some evil women-only men-suck cult or something.
"Sit on my lap...we can talk about the first thing that pops up." -- Steve Kunkel

Class of 1986
Most Likely to Succeed

Steven Kunkel
Christine Jurasinski

Senior Memories (Copied directly from the Senior Yearbook):
All my terrific friends ... B's Diet ... BLAH ... Central B-Ball and Lisa P ... Golf -- we won ... Wyomissing game w/SS and SP ... "Can I borrow a dime?" ... Eugene Ice Cream ... "women are equal and CR" ... "Wong B.M." ... JE, CJ -- Whoopie twang ... conserve energy.

'86 Senior
Class Trip

15 minutes later they were all, just kidding.

Christine on the Internet!
Christine was awarded 3rd place in the "1995 PSU Graduate Research Exhibition" in the Health and Life Sciences section according to a PSU website.

Stimulation of protein synthesis by insulin in rat skeletal muscle is accompanied by enhanced association of eukaryotic initiation factors eif-4e and eif-4g. Kimball, Scot R., Christine V. Jurasinski, John C. Lawrence, Jr. [acute]a, and Leonard S. Jefferson. Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110

Christine was awarded the A.C. Baugher Chemistry Award in 1990:

According to Penn State's College of Education calendar of events, on November 13, 2003, Christine will be giving a presentation on "Brain Research and Classroom Practice at the "Educational Leadership Colloquium 2003-2004."  You can register to attend!

Chris Mal Notes:
Almost as important as becoming a doctor, Christine was one of the three Bumble Bees in the B's Duet (or B's Diet, as the "Senior Memories" section says.)  The B's Duet, for those who don't know, was a singing group founded by me and Darren Max.  We had three female back-up singers known as "The Bumble Bees" - they were Christine, Stephanie Shaeff and Suzanna Post.

Christine was voted Class of '86 "Most Likely to Succeed."  Looks like she has followed through fairly well on that prediction.

I remember Brendan and I went to see her in her Junior Miss competition. If I remember correctly, Brendan had the giggles through almost the whole thing and drew many death stares from the people around us.

Christine still owes me $13 for emotional scars that she inflicted on me - at least, that's according to what we wrote in each other's year-books. I remember it had something to do with my Dungeon Master's guide, but it's hard to say what since I am old and my memory is but a distant memory!

I remember Christine, Maia and I having fun on the Class Trip in Virginia horse back riding, driving them around the golf course like a madman, and sitting in the whirlpool.

Christine and Carlos were living in Lancaster, PA until moving to Lititz, PA at the end of September 2001.

According to Dave Knorr, Christine's guitar playing in 6th grade inspired him to learn to play guitar himself.

15-Year Reunion

Everyone is squinting here because the sun was right behind the person taking the picture...

Kelly, Julie's Rent-a-date,
Julie, Steve, Christine,
Christine's Husband,
Laura, Beth & Chris


Golf Team

Golf Team

1985 Golf Team featuring Steve Kunkel
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1986 Golf Team featuring Christine Jurasinski
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From the October 1985 Penn Post
     Everyone likes to accept a challenge, and the students at Mt. Penn are no exception. Brendan Kane and Christine Jurasinski, two of our seniors, have risen to a challenge. Brendan and Christine have made the top 5% of students across the United States on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken last October.
     The NMSQT is the PSAT test. The judges use a selection index, which is twice the verbal score plus the math score, to rate the test takers.
     Of the 1 million taking the test, 50,000 are honored for their performance. Both Brendan and Christine have received commendation from the Merit Scholarship Board. Last year our 3 merit honor winners received scholarships based on their performance. Brendan and Christine will also be eligible for nationwide scholarships for their high scores.

          - Cindy Jurasinski

     On October 9th, Maia Carvalho and Christine Jurasinski played in the Berks County Girls' Championship to qualify for the district tournament and also received medals for placing in the tournament. Maia shot a 104 and received the 3rd place medal. Christine shot a 106 and received the 4th place medal.
     The district tournament will be held October 22 at York.
          - Dan Hafetz

     Christine is Mt. Penn's Junior Miss this year. She is also editor of the yearbook and secretary of the Modern Language Club. Her other clubs include National Honor Society, Junior National Honor Society, Girls Leader Corps, Science Club, Chorus, College Bowl, and Penn Post. With all these activities, Christine finds time to lead her class scholastically and was recently commended for her PSA T scores.
     Christine enjoys going to basketball games, playing golf, swimming, and going out with her friends.
     Christine's plans for the future include college, possibly Franklin and Marshall, where she would like to study medicine.
          - Julie Hyman

     This year, representing Mt. Penn as Junior Miss, is Christine Jurasinski, along with 19 other girls, will be competing in the Berks County Junior Miss Pageant held October 5 at Schuylkill Valley High School.
     In the competition, Christine was judged on poise, personality, and promise, which are present in the talent competition, personal interview, the fitness routine performed on stage, and in the evening gown competition.
     Before the pageant, Christine attended a number of practices held each Sunday. She also played in a softball game against the Lancaster County Junior Miss contestants held at the Reading Municipal Stadium.
     For the talent competition, Christine played the guitar while singing The Hawaiian Wedding Song.
     Along with meeting new people and making new friends, Christine has found it an honor to represent Mt. Penn.
          - Cindy Jurasinski


From the June 1986 Penn Post
Christine JurasinskiVALEDICTORIAN
     CHRISTINE JURASINSKI belongs to MLC, chorus, Science Club, Student Council, Girls� Leader Corps and College Bowl. This year Christine was president of Y-teens, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and vice-president of NHS. She has played volleyball since 10th grade and golf since 9th grade. She was Mt. Penn�s Junior Miss, a participant in Hugh O�Brien�s Leadership Seminar, and finally, a Merit Scholarship commended student. Christine will attend Elizabethtown College and major in pre-med.


From the May 1984 Penn Post
Hugh O�Brian Seminar

     For four days in March, the Hugh O�Brian Youth Foundation held it�s 6th annual Eastern Pennsylvania Leadership Seminar.
      The ambassadors were sophomores from all over the state. One sophomore was chosen from each high school on the basis of his leadership abilities and an essay he was to have written.
     I was one of the 90 ambassadors who spent March 29-April 1 at the Treadway Resort. In those four days we heard speakers from Business and Industry, such as Wendy�s and McDonald�s, Education, Career Management and had a chance to ask them questions.
     Other activities which were scheduled were a Labor Management Simulation in which four people represented labor and four who represented management were given three hours to negotiate a contract. A talent show, a mock trial in which we were the jurors, a pool party and a dance were also held.
     The highlight of the entire seminar was a visit from Mr. Hugh O�Brian -the founder, who chose our seminar from 65 others occurring all over the country.
     Since the start of the foundation in 1958, the seminars have grown to include 8,000 high schools with 66 state seminars in all 50 states. This year the Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Private industry pays for all ambassadors ($150 per person) and volunteers its members to speak.
     I can not express the enthusiasm and motivation I felt during that time. It was one of the best experiences of my life and a privilege for me to attend.
          - Christine Jurasinski

Twisted Sisters Brendan, Chris, Christine, Steve, Jason, Marta, Maia
Cindy & Christine
Chorus 1984
Pizza Hut
over lunch,
Shouldn't this club have been renamed "European Vacation Club"? 4 is both my grade point average and what I yell when I golf! I still don't understand what this Y-Teens thing was about...

Modern Language
Club Officers



1986 candidates for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Christine and Maia with Maia's shoes cut out of the picture.
College Bowl 1986
Seniors in front row:
Suzanna Post
Christine Jurasinski
Brendan Kane
Jason Miller

Golfing Goddesses


Christine Jurasinski and Suzanna Post were 1st place winners
6th Grade Science Fair
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larger version of the winners.

Christine Jurasinski, Music Class 1980
Middle School: 1980
Looks like Tracy Hartz, Christine Jurasinski, Stephanie Shaeff, Lisa Westervelt, Lori Stoss, Beth Klempke...

Number people besides myself
who secretly feared Y-Teens
(which was clearly some sort
of mysterious cult):

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