Queens Schonecker to Pursue Master’s at Cambridge University

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Johanna Schonecker, a former Queens University of Charlotte track and field athlete and class valedictorian, will continue her education at Cambridge University as she pursues a Master of Philosophy in Polar Studies through the Scott Polar Research Institute.

“My favorite thing would be to save the world,” Schonecker said.

She calls herself “an average college student,” who bikes, does yoga and goes out for frozen yogurt with her friends, however, successes both in and away from athletics have highlighted Schonecker’s collegiate career. She recently graduated with a degree in environmental science and a perfect 4.0 GPA, while also competing on a South Atlantic Conference championship team.

“I always give 100 percent to everything I do,” said Schonecker. “If my work isn’t done then I don’t go to bed. If something needs to be done, well then, I’ll get it done.”



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The Department of Athletics at Queens University of Charlotte is a leading NCAA Division II program in the United States distinguished by its commitment to transforming the lives of its students and consistently competing at the highest possible levels. Housing 29 varsity level sports, the Royals are a member of the South Atlantic Conference with the men’s and women’s swimming teams competing in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.


Queens University of Charlotte is a master’s-level university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of Charlotte, Queens offers undergraduate, graduate and online degrees such as a highly regarded MBA program, a top-10 Low-Residency MFA program, and an online MSN-Clinical Nurse Leader degree. The university serves approximately 2,250 students through its College of Arts and Sciences, McColl School of Business, Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.