Golden Apple announces its 2013 Golden Apple Scholars class, 135 students who have demonstrated passion and commitment to pursuing a career in education.
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program has grown to over 1,500 statewide participants since its inception in 1989, making it the leading pre-service teacher preparation and internship program in the nation.
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The program provides tuition assistance to each future teacher while they pursue an undergraduate education at one of 53 Illinois universities.
Throughout their undergraduate years scholars participate in pre- student-teaching internships, mentoring and course work on the art of teaching delivered by Golden Apple Award-winning teachers. In return for the support, scholars agree to teach in a high-need school in Illinois for five years following graduation.
The 2013 group of Scholars represents a diverse group of young people from across the state of Illinois, chosen from 1,285 nominated students through a rigorous selection process, which includes a written application, completed by 350 of the nominated students, and interviews with Golden Apple. Visit www.goldenapple.org for more information.
Scholars from suburban Chicago are:
Marco Arreola, Palatine, Palatine HS
Karyn Baldwin, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg HS
Lauren Banbury, Maple Park, Kaneland HS
Raphael Casas, Round Lake, Round Lake HS
Andrew Cheun, Carpentersville, Barrington HS
Diane Choe, Morton Grove, Niles North HS
Fatima Cisneros, Hoffman Estates, Hoffman Estates HS
Timothy Coukart, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates HS
Kathleen Curran, Barrington, Barrington HS
Brianna DeSilvia, Des Plaines, Elk Grove HS
Rebecca Einspahr, Woodstock, Woodstock North HS
Jennifer Flannery, Lake Barrington, Barrington HS
Jennifer Frazier, Yorkville, Oswego HS
Alexis Garcia, Montgomery, Oswego East HS
Alejandro Gonzalez, Niles, Maine East HS
Elsie Guerrero, Palatine, Palatine HS
Tiffany Guerrero, Palatine, Palatine HS
Ashlee Hood, Naperville, Neuqua Valley HS
Vivian Huang, Romeoville, Plainfield East HS
Heather Johnson, Elgin, Elgin HS
Nicole Jurka, Des Plaines, Elk Grove HS
Jenna Koretz, Chicago, Stevenson HS
Nicole Krippinger, Carol Stream, Glenbard North HS
Brianne Machak, Zion, Zion Benton Twp HS
Angelina Manola, Palatine, St. Viator HS
Julie Martinez, Aurora, Aurora Central Catholic HS
Hannah Menich, Roselle, Lake Park West HS
Daniel Miller, Maple Park, Kaneland HS
Katelynn Mokry, Lindenhurst, Grayslake North HS
Cecilia Nunez, Northfield, Glenbrook South HS
Justin O'Donnell, Franklin Park, East Leyden HS
Sabrina Perez, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadow HS
Megan Pietz, Skokie, Niles North HS
Jocelyne Rodriguez, Aurora, Aurora East HS
Rebecca Siambekos, Naperville, Naperville Central HS.