by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Making His Mark

student_shenkirky_2A senior at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), Del Mar’s Roman Shenkiryk excels as a student and tennis champion. “The entire student body is committed to academic excellence, which is the best environment to be in,” he shared. “As an athlete, I bring my competitiveness to the classroom and really enjoy pushing myself to be the best student I can be.”

Roman’s interest in tennis began early in his childhood. “I really don’t remember not being passionate about tennis. My father was an All-American tennis player during his college years, so I started playing the game at a really young age.” As did Roman’s two sisters. Roman continued, “Tennis just became an activity that we all enjoyed as a family.”

This spring is Roman’s fourth and final year on the varsity team for CCA. “I’ve made several accomplishments that I feel really good about, including a 2016 CIF Doubles Championship. I was number one in my age group in USTA Southwest Region for many years, I’ve finished this year with a top 10 singles and top 5 doubles ranking, and over the years, I’ve been named the champion in numerous national and local tournaments,” he recalled.

“As an athlete, I bring my competitiveness to the classroom.”

student_shenkirky_1Roman’s inspirations are many. He names tennis pros like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal but is just as quick to recognize his many coaches over the years, listing, “Todd Martin, Andrei Pavel, my local coach here, Travis Rettenmaier, and CCA’s Larry Belinsky.” Roman acknowledges his parents are a great inspiration off the court. “My parents have always inspired me to work hard in school and really go for whatever it is that I want to achieve,” he shared.

Tennis will continue to be an integral part of Roman’s life as he heads off to college. “I’ve been talking to several different college tennis coaches, trying to find the school that will be the perfect fit for my game as well as my studies.” Roman sees his commitment to tennis intersecting with his career interest. “I really want to see how I can leverage my successes on the court with future successes in business,” he shared. With an inclination toward the real estate industry, Roman acknowledged, “Tennis is a great platform for networking and developing new contacts.”


Name: Roman Shenkiryk (17)
School: Canyon Crest Academy
Grade: Senior
Parents: Myron Shenkiryk and Rhonda Moret Shenkiryk
Siblings: Breanna (24) and Alexis (13)
Favorite Local Spots: Torrey Pines Golf Course, the PAC, Fletcher’s Cove