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Suburban students named Golden Apple Scholars

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Submitted by the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

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.

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 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.

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