Ivana je prva Olympašica koja je uz pomoć rezultata u plivanju obezbijedila školovanje u Americi, ali i privela kraju isto i to sa posebnim pohvalama koje ne dobija svako. Ivanom trebaju biti ponosni Plivački klub “Leotar” Trebinje, gdje je i potekla, grad Trebinje gdje je završila osnovnu školu, grad Banja Luka gdje je završila banjalučku Gimnaziju, obe škole sa odličnim ocjenama.
Mi smo i te kako ponosni, a posebno njen trener Željko Panić. Ivana je ostvarila uspjehe kakve još niko i BiH nije ostvario, a to je plasman na seniorskom prvenstvu Evrope, osvojivši 12. mjesto, te 4. mjesto na Mediteranskim igrama kada je medalju izgubila za samo 1 stotinku.
Našoj Ivani želimo sve najljepše, zdravlje, sreću i nastavak gomilanja uspjeha u radu.
Njenim roditeljima, ocu Radi i majci Svetlani, te mlađoj sestri Mariji Ninković čestitamo na Ivaninim uspjesima i završetku ovog prestižnog Univerziteta u Arizoni.
Više o Ivani dostavljamo u daljem tekstu.
Portrait of Ivana Ninkovic:
BSE in Engineering Management
Hometown: Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Graduated from Gimnazija Banja Luka, in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ivana Ninkovic’s decision to attend Arizona State University was because it was the best fit for her in terms of her academic and athletic goals.
“I chose ASU because it has the perfect blend of quality education, sport, research, climate and recognition,” she says. “All of them together make a huge difference in a student’s career. ASU was the best for me in terms of my academic and athletic goals.”
Ninkovic competed on the women’s swimming and diving team all four years at ASU and served as team captain her senior year. Her outside-the-classroom activities weren’t restricted to the pool though as she participated in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, where she worked at the Bio-Inspired Robotics Technology and Healthcare Lab.
“My undergraduate research experience has been one of the single most beneficial elements of my education at ASU,” she says. “Not only has research allowed me to learn about a subject I am very interested in on a more in-depth level, it has also taught me valuable critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
Ninkovic says she has always been interested in engineering.
“I was particularly interested in learning about engineering management because I saw it as an opportunity for me to combine my technical degree with my interest in leadership and desire to work with people.”
Ninkovic competed as a swimmer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, representing her native Bosnia and Herzegovina before continuing her swimming career at ASU.
“The biggest obstacle for me as student-athlete was the race against the clock,” she says. “Student-athletes are on a tight schedule and constantly on-the-go. You learn how far you can push yourself and make the changes to become better. It was a really rewarding experience.”
She has one last bit of advice to future Fulton Schools students.
“Get involved! It’s always good to start finding your interests early on,” she says. “It helps you to make better decisions later on. Getting involved on campus and within the college has been one of the best decisions I’ve made during my college career.”