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NIU Executive Club & YPN Endowed Scholarship Recipients

Photo of Megan O'BrienMegan O'Brien, NIU Executive Club & YPN 2013 Scholarship Recipient
Megan O'Brien was selected as the 2013 NIU Executive Club & YPN Scholar based on her outstanding GPA, extra-curricular involvement, passion and drive.

A class of 2013 graduate from Freeport High School, Megan has a lengthy list of accomplishments during her years there. She served as the class secretary and vice president for student council, was a member of the principal's cabinet, and served as the northwest district student council executive secretary. In addition, Megan participated in many leadership programs including the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, Millikin University's Summer Leadership Camp and the "Big 'Ol Workshop on Leadership." Megan was a member of the National Honor's Society and active in both volleyball and cheerleading.

Megan served her community by acting as a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sister program. She was also an active participant in Highland Community College's Servant Leadership, as well as sitting on a peer jury. Megan attributes her time in the servant leadership program as opening up her interest to volunteering, and she plans to continue to volunteer her time and talents.

Megan gained valuable employment experience as a crew member at Culver's where she was responsible for providing excellent customer service taking orders, running the cash register, and preparing custard for patrons. Megan also worked at Pierce Athletics, not only gaining additional employment experience, but also honing in on her leadership skills. There she was an assistant coach teaching weekly tumbling and cheerleading classes to children ages 3 through 14.

A focused, thoughtful, and engaged student, Megan plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Accounting Science. Aspiring to earn her CPA certificate, Megan would like to work for a large corporation and work her way up into management.

Photo of Donna NguyenDonna Nguyen, NIU Executive Club & YPN 2012 Scholarship Recipient
Donna Nguyen was selected as the 2012 NIU Executive Club & YPN Scholar based on her outstanding GPA, extra-curricular involvement, and tremendous drive to succeed.

Donna is a 2012 graduate from Wheaton Warrenville South High School where she became heavily involved in student groups focused on the community, including Key Club, working with the disabled, Amnesty International, helping her community's environment, and serving as a Student Ambassador. Donna was honored as an Illinois State Scholar granted by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, in addition to being inducted into the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society.

Donna has valuable experience at Noodles & Company where she has held every position at the restaurant. Donna describes herself as being capable of achieving anything she works for - this is evident by her professional accomplishments.

As the first person in her immediate family to attend college, Donna is still exploring her business major options at NIU. With her determination and motivation to succeed, Donna will work towards finding a major that will land her a career at a Fortune 500 company in Chicago. She believes in herself and is set out to follow her dreams.

Photo of Catherine ChengCatherine Cheng, NIU Executive Club & YPN 2011 Scholarship Recipient
Catherine Cheng was selected as the 2011 NIU Executive Club & YPN Scholar based on her extensive extra-curricular, academic, and professional achievements.

Catherine is a 2011 graduate from Bolingbrook High School where she gained exceptional leadership experience as President of Business Professionals of America, Vice President and Treasurer/Secretary of Student Council, and FOCUS leader. She also served as a chairperson for the National Honors Society, was a member of Interact Club and the Math Team, and served as a peer mediator.

As a high-achieving student academically, Catherine received awards and honors as the Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar, Top Ten of Class of 2011, and Merit Scholar of the Business Professionals of America. She received recognition in Outstanding Leadership in both the Business Professionals of America and her graduating class.

Beyond the walls of her school, Catherine was busy working in her community through her local library as well as Feed My Starving Children, Power Connection food pantry, and charity work to support the homeless. Catherine's effort to help others is reflective of her focus to spend her time in areas that are productive and important.

Professionally, Catherine has gained significant experience through working at Panda Express. She worked her way to the Assistant Manager-in-Training position, providing her with hands on experience with labor and food costs, employee management, inventory practices, training, auditing, and financial reporting. In addition to her work, Catherine served as an Accounting Intern at Vocamotive, Inc.

Catherine plans major in Accountancy to obtain her career goal of becoming a CPA. With her strong work ethic, determination, and optimism, she hopes to be a successful member of her community and the NIU student body.

Photo of Christine CortinaChristine Cortina, NIU Executive Club & YPN 2010 Scholarship Recipient
Christine Cortina was selected as the 2010 NIU Executive Club & YPN Scholar based on her outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements.

Christine, a May 2010 graduate from Westmont High School, was a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, and an Illinois State Scholar. She was varsity and junior varsity volleyball captain, in addition to playing varsity softball, basketball, and in track & field. Christine received All-Academic Honors in athletics and was All-Conference in track & field. Christine found her experiences and strength in athletics provided her with valuable lessons in work ethic and leadership.

Outside of athletics, Christine was selected to participate in the DuPage County Leadership Academy and was a member of her school's Geography Club. The Leadership Academy gave Christine the opportunity to communicate with and learn from business professionals, while the Geography Club helped her experience various cultures. Christine has provided service to her community through organizations and programs including Ronald McDonald House, Feed My Starving Children, Oak Street Beach Clean-Up, and Christ Church of Oakbrook Spirit Village.

Christine's employment experience includes serving as both a referee and scorekeeper at Westmont Park District and employment at Scapa Italian Kitchen as their hostess and cashier.

Christine plans to receive a bachelor's degree in Marketing and maximize her time at NIU by utilizing every opportunity to grow and better her future. She would like to gain business experience by obtaining an internship in her field. In addition, Christine plans to continue her education after earning her bachelor's degree.

Christine believes her well-rounded experiences, coupled with her academic ability and love of reading, will provide her with the foundation to succeed at NIU and beyond.

Photo of Michael CahillMichael Cahill, NIU Executive Club & YPN 2009 Scholarship Recipient
Michael Cahill was selected as the 2009 NIU Executive Club & YPN Scholar based on his proven commitment to success in academics, leadership, and community involvement. His strong work ethic and leadership skills provide him with the foundation to become an influential business leader.

Michael graduated in May 2009 from Downers Grove South High School where he was an honor roll student for all four years. As a graduating senior he received the Illinois State Scholars Award and the Presidential Scholars Award. He was also named to the high school's All-Academic Team, which is given to students in the top ten percent of the class.

While achieving in academics, Michael was also a three sport athlete and starter his freshman and sophomore years. Michael also served as captain of both his baseball and junior varsity basketball teams. His senior year, Michael was a starter and a varsity letter recipient on the basketball team. In addition, as a senior Michael was nominated in basketball as All-Conference, All-Academic and All-State, All-Academic.

Michael held the treasurer position in a student business club called DECA. He was an active club member, qualifying for the state DECA competition in the sports and entertainment marketing event. Michael was also a member of the Athletes Committed to Excellence Club (ACE), serving on two committees. The ACE Club plans events in order to reach out to the community and deliver a positive message to future high school students.

Outside of school activities, Michael was involved in community service through his church's food pantry and the local YMCA.

His employment experience includes working as a cashier at Sylvia's Bakery, a groundskeeper for the Downers Grove Park District, a baseball umpire for the Darien Youth Club, and a certified caddy at Ruth Lake Country Club. By members request and recommendation, Michael received honors and caddy rewards.

Michael believes in commitment and a well-rounded lifestyle; and although he has enjoyed success in sports and his community involvement, he has always made academics his highest priority.

Michael believes that an Accounting Degree from the NIU College of Business will prepare him to work for a top accounting firm and provide him with the competitive advantage based on the Department of Accountancy rankings and CPA pass rate. Michael has been accepted into Northern Illinois University's Honors Program and wants to represent NIU proudly.

Photo of Kevin CechKevin Cech, NIU Executive Club 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Kevin Cech was selected as the 2008 NIU Executive Club Scholar based on his record of academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, work ethic, and potential to become an influential business leader.

Kevin graduated in May 2008 from Rochelle High School. He participated in basketball, track and soccer during his high school career. He was a three-year academic all-conference player in soccer as well as Team Captain and Team MVP.

In addition to his sports activities, he worked hard to achieve the Eagle Scout status, highest rank in Scouting. He was a member of the National Honor Society, an Illinois State Scholar, and the recipient of the Wendy's Heisman High School Award. He was also appointed Youth Elder at his church, where he participated in a mission trip to Mexico and offered many volunteer hours of mowing, snow removal, and nursery assistance. Kevin has been employed with Cappel Certified Seeds since his freshman year.

Kevin has proven his ability to work to achieve high goals. His achievement as an Eagle Scout, and as a marathon runner are a testament to his commitment to achieve his goals. He believes that a Finance Degree from the NIU College of Business will challenge him and provide him with the tools to become a successful financial advisor.

Nicholas Pikor, NIU Executive Club Young Professionals Network 2008 Scholarship Recipient
Nicholas Pikor was selected as the first Young Professionals Network Scholar. He graduated in May, 2008, from Oak Forest High School.

In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, Nicholas participated as a two-sport athlete. He played golf in the fall and volleyball in the spring, and achieved All-Conference honors in both sports. He was Co-Captain of the Varsity Golf Team, and voted Most Valuable Player. He was also a recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award.

Nicholas contributes to the community as a member of the Interact Club. He also volunteers as a camp counselor, and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Nicholas was able to achieve high academic achievements, participate in sports, serve the community, and hold a job during his high school years. He earned money as a Caddy and as a paper distributor.

Nicholas was selected as the first YPN Scholar based on his potential and desire to become a business leader. Because of his strong interests in mathematics and economics, he plans to pursue a career in banking or finance. Nicholas believes that a degree from the nationally-ranked NIU College of Business would be a great honor and will provide the knowledge and experiences he needs to achieve his goals.

Photo of Erik CalmeyerErik Calmeyer, NIU Executive Club 2007 Scholarship Recipient
Erik Calmeyer graduated from Johnsberg High School in June 2007. His academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience throughout his high school career indicate a strong potential for Erik as a future business leader.

Academically, Erik was a member of the National Honor Society, Toastmasters International, Link-Crew, and an Illinois State Scholar. He was a competitor in the Big Northern Math Contest, and served as a student tutor and teacher assistant. Erik played soccer during high school while also taking both college and major specific preparatory classes.

Erik is a community leader as well. He assisted for three years with the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club. He worked on fundraisers to support U.S. Troops overseas through the Skokie Valley Power Squadron, and assisted in teaching computer classes for adults. Erik was an assistant coach for ten-year-old girls and mentored young referees on the laws of the games and professionalism. He is a member of the Skokie Valley Power Squadron and completed coursework to obtain a boater's and personal watercraft license. Erik also finds time to spend one day a week mentoring a young student from another school within the district.

Erik is an officially certified referee and has refereed Johnsburg White Lightening soccer games for seven years. He works at the Great Lakes Yacht Sales 100 Club as a seasonal employee. Erik also works as a stockroom team member at Target, and previously worked at Menards.

An education from Northern Illinois University has been a goal for Erik since beginning high school. Erik plans to major in Management and further pursue an M.B.A. degree. The NIU Executive Club believes Erik has a strong potential to become a future business leader with a strong work ethic, great communication skills, and a dedication for continual improvement and learning.

Photo of Danielle KahnDanielle Kahn, NIU Executive Club 2006 Scholarship Recipient
Danielle Kahn was selected as the 2006 NIU Executive Club Recipient based on her outstanding academic, extracurricular, and service qualifications. Danielle has displayed leadership potential in her past that looks promising for her future business career.

A recent graduate of Morris Community High School, Danielle has been an active member of the school volleyball team for four years. Her love for sports also drove her to play travel and school softball for an additional two years, along with participating in the Athletics Club. Off the court, Danielle was involved in Spanish Club, M-Club, the National Honors Society, and the National Honor Roll, qualifying her to be an Illinois State Scholar.

Danielle is also committed to service. In her community she has rang bells for the Salvation Army, helped local church food drives, lead her junior youth church group, and organized Morris' Public Policy Project. Danielle has even extended herself outside her community ringing Salvation Army Bells in surrounding locations and traveled to Kentucky to repair old houses for the Appalachian Service Project.

Danielle also established work as a priority. Having held two jobs during high school, one as a salesperson/cashier at a small retail store and the other as a cashier at a candy shop, Danielle has learned practical business knowledge. Learning the responsibilities of tending cash has created a desire for Danielle to pursue accounting.

Danielle feels "the contacts and opportunities that would be presented to her through this scholarship would be tremendous assets in helping her through Northern and eventually find a CPA position." In addition Danielle has plans to use her accounting degree to help a charity or other beneficial organization.

Photo of Matthew RascheMatthew Rasche, NIU Executive Club 2005 Connection Scholarship Recipient
Matthew Rasche, a 2005 graduate of Naperville North High School, was selected as the 2005 Connection Scholar. Matthew was a state scholar, and an active member of the high school music program, playing both bari and alto saxophone. He spent one year in the chamber winds, two yeas in the wind ensemble, one year in the jazz ensemble, two years in the jazz lab, one year in the marching band, and one year in the pit orchestra. He was awarded the IMEA District Jazz bari sax two years and was a member of the band of honor at the IMEA state convention.

Matthew was also active in his church youth group, participating in many charitable activities for battered and abused women and children. He volunteered as a tutor at the school literacy center to assist students with class material, and assists a local group of retirees with computer and internet training.

Growing up involved with the family business, Matthew has already demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills. In addition to developing several web sites, he started a new business, MasterRealtor, Inc. This business provides tools and skills to realtors to help maximize their success. Matthew believes the experience of interacting and networking with NIU Executive Club members will provide significant guidance and mentoring to assist with his entrepreneurial goals.

Photo of Ryan LotichRyan Lotich, NIU Executive Club 2005 Scholarship Recipient

Ryan Lotich graduated from William Fremd High School in June 2005. He excelled academically and as a leader, and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. In addition to being a member of the high school soccer team for four years, he also participated in the Palatine Celtic Soccer Club for three years. Ryan also participated in high school tennis for two years, is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and is an Instructor/Black Belt of Tae Kwon Do. As an active member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, and a featured student writer/author at a Community-wide Writer's Week, Ryan exemplifies a well rounded, outstanding student with potential for becoming a business leader.

Ryan also displays leadership and participation in community service activities. He organized a school-wide Blood Drive orientation and donation day which placed Fremd High School in first place for the number of donations given. He participated in Assist-a-Family, a Holy Family Church program providing food and gifts for the less fortunate. He also participated in National Honor Society activities including a Food Drive, Senior Center visits, Adopt-a-Family, and Grant-a-Wish program for underprivileged Chicago children. Ryan was a Student Goalkeeper Coach for the Fremd High School Girls Soccer Team, the first Student Goalkeeper Coach in the program's history.

Ryan has served as a Peer Juror for the Hoffman Estates Police Department since 2001. This program aids adolescents to search for underlying causes in their criminal behavior and activities as well as understand the consequences of their actions. Additionally, he managed to also find time to work for the ITA Group constructing promotional marketing tools.

Ryan appreciates this opportunity to work with and learn from the successful business members of the NIU Executive Club. He feels this experience, along with the outstanding NIU College of Business program, will be the "winning combination" he needs to reach his future goals.

Click to view a Student Spotlight article recently published about Ryan.

Photo of Esther P. ChenEsther P. Chen, NIU Executive Club Connections Scholarship Fund Recipient 2004
Esther is a 2004 graduate of Bartlett High School. She was a member of the high school's first drill team, a member of the musical orchestra pit for three musicals, and was selected by her orchestra director to perform in a symphony orchestra for the Fox Valley Music Festivals. She was the leader and founder of a string quartet, and received a medal for her performance. Esther also was a member of the JB bowling team, Mathletes, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. She was specifically selected by her high school to attend the 63rd session of Illini Girls State where she was elected City Clerk. Additionally, she attend the National Student Leadership Conference Business Program in Washington D.C. and participated in a project as a financial analyst. Esther is an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the Model UN where she participated as a member of the Economy/Finance Committee at the University of Chicago. She participated in peer tutoring and F.I.S.H. (Faith Is Shared Here), and served as a member of the Link Crew at her high school to help freshmen adjust to high school and develop friendships.

In addition to babysitting, Esther volunteered at the Public Library as part of the Youth Services for one summer, and was a teen volunteer in the mother/baby unit of a medical center for one summer.

Esther plans to graduate with a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Accountancy, become a C.P.A., and use her knowledge help investigate financial frauds and insurance scams.

Photo of Alvin Philip Smith, Jr.Alvin Philip Smith, Jr., NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship Fund Recipient 2004
Alvin Philip Smith Jr. was selected as the 2004 NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship recipient based on his exceptional academic qualifications, as well as his potential as a business leader.

Alvin is from Oswego, Illinois and graduated second in his class of 516 in June 2004. He was a member of the conference champion Mathletes team and placed third individually at the regionals. He was president of the National Honor Society, a member of the WYSE (World Youth in Science and Engineering) Team, Scholastic Bowl, Student Council, Band, and Wind Symphony. He was a recipient of an academic letter, placed on the high honor roll every semester, and was selected as the only recipient of the Principal's Leadership Award. Additionally, Alvin participated in peer tutoring, was a member of the Baseball team, Basketball team, and was Senior Co-Captain of the Golf team.

Community service is a priority for Alvin as well. He served as a guest speaker at disability conferences throughout his junior and senior years. He also offered free summer tutoring for two summers, and served as a Youth Group Board Member and assisted with the organization of a craft show for the National Honor Society.

In addition to his school, sports, and community service activities, Alvin worked as a cashier at Jewel-Osco. Alvin plans to study corporate accounting and become a C.P.A., with aspirations of one day becoming a CEO or CFO of a major corporation.

Photo of Brian W. LundeenBrian W. Lundeen, NIU Executive Club Connections Scholarship Fund Recipient 2004
Brian graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, in June 2004. He was a member of the Business Professionals of America, and qualified in state in Entrepreneurship and Interview Skills in 2003, and also qualified in state in 2004 for the Financial Analyst Team as well as Extemporaneous Speech. He also served as treasurer of Illinois State Officer. Brian was Captain of the hockey team in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and was a member of the state championship team in 2003.

Additionally, Brian served as a junior coach for the youth ice hockey team with Sabres Hockey Club. He worked at Advanced Pro Shops at Seven Bridges for two years, and currently works with American Sale Corporation. Brian plans to use his business knowledge from N.I.U. to assist him with opening a private accounting firm specializing in international business.

Photo of Anthony QuerciagrossaAnthony Querciagrossa, NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship Fund Recipient 2003
Anthony Querciagrossa was selected as the sixth recipient of the NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship. This endowment was established by members of the Club to assist the College of Business with recruiting the best and brightest high school students to NIU. Querciagrossa has proven himself as one of the best and brightest, and possesses many qualities of a business leader.

Querciagrossa is a 2003 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois. He held leadership positions in the Future Business Leaders of America, the Lincoln-Way Bookstore, and Lincoln-Way Television. He was national qualifier and state award winner in Business Law competition, treasurer for the bookstore, and received the Golden Turkey Award as sportscaster for Lincoln-Way Television. He was the designer of the bookstore's website and web store, as well as creator of the inventory software.

Involvement with community service is also important to Querciagrossa. He designed the website and built computer work stations for St. Mary's School and Church. He also assisted the Minooka Elementary School with web server installation and helped with their initial web site design. In addition to school and outside activities, Tony works almost 40 hours per week all year long.

Tony expressed that "Success is something I plan to achieve, and I strongly believe that NIU's School of Business will lead me to success."

Photo of Paul FricilonePaul Fricilone, 2002 - 2003 Recipient
Paul Fricilone graduated first in his class of 725 from Lockport High School in June 2002. He excelled academically and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. In addition to being captain and starter on the soccer team, he was involved in student government, the National Honor Society, and the French National Honor Society. He also participated in several scholastic competitions including the National French Test, Milwaukee School of Engineering Science Competition, Science Olympiad in Bottle Rockets and Practical Data Gathering, Illinois Institute of Technology Competition, and the Math Team. Paul received the Principal's Award for Leadership 2001, All-American Scholar 2000, and Who's Who Among High School Students 1999, 2000, 2001.

Paul also displays leadership and participation in community service activities. He hosted a local cable show "Teen Talk" 1998-2000, received second place award at Volunteer Video Awards, was a participant in St. Bernard's Teen Group, Parish Picnic Game Host, Bingo Game Helper at Holy Family Villa, Volunteer for Market Day, Order of the Sons of Italy, Dinner Volunteer, and Collector for Alzheimer's and Cooley's Anemia Fund.

Paul describes himself as "an involved, determined person who is passionate about the business world." He plans to use his prestigious business education from NIU as a foundation for a career as a portfolio manager.

Photo of Janice BergeronJanice Bergeron, 2001 - 2002 Recipient
Janice Bergeron graduated fourth in her class from Yorkville High School in June 2001. Janice excelled academically and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. She served as President of the Student Council (2000-2001) and was the 1999-2000 recipient of the "Above and Beyond Award". She was also a member of the National Honor Society, actively participating in tutoring as well as fund raising events. She also participated on the Character Counts Committee, Future Business Leaders of America, assisted teachers as a Grade School Helper and Teacher's Aide. Janice played the lead in the spring play, as well as supporting roles for three years, and received the "Above and Beyond Award" 2000, and the "Best Actress" award 1999. She participated on the speech team, placing fifth at the Seneca Irish Invitational for Dramatic Duet Acting and Impromptu Speaking.

In addition to school activities and work, Janice demonstrates her leadership skills through community service activities. She was a Peer Facilitator, a Blood Drive Coordinator for three years, and received the Blood Drive Achievement Award two times. Janice was selected as the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Representative for Yorkville High School.

Janice plans to own and/or operate her own business one day, and believes a business degree from Northern Illinois University will help her to accomplish her goal.

Photo of Eric OdelsonEric Odelson, 2001 - 2002 Recipient
Eric Odelson was selected as the recipient of the NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship Fund based upon his academic qualifications, as well as his potential as a business leader.

Eric is a 2001 graduate of Buffalo Grove High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Talent Development Program, and the Chess Team. Eric was the first place champion of the 2000 Harper College Accounting II competition. Additionally, Eric was active in sports as a member of the football team and baseball team.

Eric demonstrated leadership and community service at the Buffalo Grove Recreation Association where he participated for four years on the Buddy Baseball league for handicapped children. He also assisted children with Cerebral Palsy to play bingo at Bingo City and the Golden Tierra. In addition to these activities, Eric worked as a sales representative and merchandise specialist for two years at Best Buy.

Eric wants to work his way up in the Chicago area stock exchange and plans to use his business degree to achieve his goal of becoming a partner in a brokerage firm.

Photo of Alexandria RossAlexandria Ross, 2000 - 2001 Recipient
Alexandria Ross is a class of 2000 graduate of Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois. Alexandria excelled academically and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. She was a member of the Spanish National Honors Society(president), the National Honors Society (president), Peer Mediation, Marching Band, Symphonic Band(first chair), Student Council, Class Officer(vice president), and Mathlete (member of conference champion team). She was selected as the Outstanding Spanish Student, and first place winner (verbal and written) of the poetry contest. Community service is important for Alexandria as well. She serves as a tutor for the National Honors Society, describing her job as "helping any student who deserves to succeed." She also plays in a musical ensemble for holiday mall shoppers, and organized a food, clothing and supply drive for the hurricane victims in Honduras. Alexandria expressed that as a receipient of the NIU Executive Club Sholarship, she will use the opportunity given to her to enhance the education of others. "With a business degree from NIU, I will be able to assist many young adults find direction on this difficult road of life. The most prestigious gift an individual can pass on to others is the gift of knowledge."

Photo of Monica A. WallaceMonica Wallace, 1999 - 2000 Recipient
Monica A. Wallace was selected as the first NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship recipient based on her academic qualifications, as well as her potential as a business leader. Monica is from Hampshire, Illinois and graduated third in her class from Central High School in June 1999. Monica was the first high school student elected to be a member of the SITE Base Team, demonstrating leadership and decision making for implementing school/educational changes. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Bowl, Math Team, WYSE (World Youth in Science and Engineering) Team, Student Council, Student Government, Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society.Community service is a priority for Monica as well. She serves as a regular volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital and serves Dinner to the Needy for St. Joseph Church. She also has fun with her peers running a Cheerleading Clinic/Camp for grade school girls, working on homecoming and prom events, and participating in the Burlington Community Parade. Monica plans to study business to become a health care (hospital) administrator.