101 Receive Scholarships and Augmented Preparation to Become Teachers In Schools of Need

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Golden Apple Foundation

    CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden Apple Foundation announces the
 names of 101 students who have been selected as 2001 Golden Apple Scholars of
 Illinois.  The Scholars program was created to augment the teacher preparation
 of sound prospective teachers, thereby addressing the critical shortage of
 teachers in Illinois.  The Scholars will be honored at the Field Museum in
 Chicago on April 6, 2001, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
     The 2001 Scholars were selected from over 1,100 nominations statewide
 through a detailed application and interview process.  Criteria for selection
 includes a demonstrated passion for teaching and readiness for college.
 Scholars enroll in one of 38 participating Illinois colleges and universities
 and agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need, as designated
 by a combination of federal Title One status and/or low state test scores.
     The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits bright and talented
 high school seniors who represent rich ethnic diversity for teaching careers
 in high need classrooms throughout Illinois.  This year, 18 college sophomores
 were also selected to participate in the program.  Sixty percent of the entire
 Scholars contingent represent minorities.  The program was created by the
 award-winning teachers of the Golden Apple Foundation, who teach and supervise
 the Scholars during the summer and serve as mentors during the Scholar's
 college and early teaching years.  The program began in 1989 with 15
 Chicago-area students, expanding statewide in 1993 to 60 students per year.
 The program grew once again last year to its current number of 100 recipients.
 One additional Scholar was selected this year in memory of 1999 Scholar
 Joyovantae Roberts, who died in a car accident in December.  To date, over
 600 Scholars are enrolled in the program and over 150 Scholars are teaching
 throughout Illinois. The program is Illinois' premier teacher recruitment and
 pre-induction program, funded primarily by the Illinois State Board of
 Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
 
     Golden Apple Scholars receive the following:
     Financial assistance in the form of a $5,000 scholarship-loan each year
 for four years of undergraduate studies at one of 38 Illinois universities.
 The Scholars commit to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.
 Scholars also receive a $2,000 stipend for each of the four summers.  Teaching
 internships in Chicago schools and seminars on the art and craft of teaching
 through the Golden Apple Scholars Summer Institute, a four-year summer program
 taught in part by Golden Apple Award-winning teachers.  Through the Summer
 Institutes, Scholars receive three times the amount of teaching experience
 than they would otherwise receive.
     Mentoring during college and the early years of teaching from outstanding,
 award-winning teachers who are part of the Golden Apple Scholar mentoring
 network.
 
     Recruiting New Teachers for the Future
     Here is a sampling of the students who have been selected for the program
 this year:
 
     Brandi Clark
     Rock Island High School
     Brandi wants to teach Spanish because she feels she can benefit children.
     She loves to work with children and teach them new and exciting ideas.
     She is a strong believer that you learn something new every day.  Brandi
     is involved in the Upward Bound Program which emphasizes the importance of
     going and staying in school. She has been a member of Rock Island's
     Minority Teachers Incentive Program since 1997, which stresses the need
     for more minority teachers in all fields of education.
 
     Roberto Terrazas
     Kenwood Academy, Chicago
     Roberto would like to teach Spanish as well as computers.  Currently he is
     the president of the computer club.  Besides his love for computers he has
     a deep passion for others.  He has taught classes at a community learning
     center and is currently in charge of the school technology staff. He found
     it his given responsibility to teach and influence others.  He sees that
     he has the skills and determination to teach.
 
     Alicia Boughton
     Maria High School, Chicago
     Alicia has excelled as a student, exhibited through receiving the Joseph
     Cardinal Bernardin Scholarship every year since 1997, and being named to
     the National Honor Society.  She is drawn to the teaching profession
     because she feels education helps to decrease ignorance and negativity.
     Alicia is also an avid reader, and she says, "sharing my love for
     literature and exposing others to worlds unknown to them would truly be an
     exhilarating experience."
 
     Johnathan Lin
     Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton
     He understands that not everyone enjoys math.  He would like to
     accommodate the students' needs, do whatever it takes to help them grasp
     the subject.  To be an excellent teacher, he feels you must have a desire
     for the subject you are teaching.  He believes that his own love for math
     would enable him to pique the interest of his students.
 
     Rosalyn Lazar
     Elgin High School, Streamwood
     Rosalyn wants to teach because she has a love for science and math.
     Rosalyn has learned leadership techniques through involvement with student
     council and class board.  These activities have taught her to take the
     initiative and speak up.  Through Cross Cultural Committee she shares her
     ideas on diversity and multiculturalism.  At Camp Horizon, a camp for
     children with severe skin disorders, she learned how to succeed.
 
     The Golden Apple Foundation was founded in 1985 to promote excellence in
 classroom teaching.  The Foundation sponsors the annual Golden Apple Awards
 for teachers, the statewide Golden Apple Scholars teacher recruitment program,
 the Golden Apple Teacher Education (GATE) program, and various workshops and
 programs.
 
     2001 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
 
     Angel Aguilar, Prosser Career Academy, Chicago
     Michelle Arriola, Lincoln Park High School, Chicago
     Ana Baeza, Bloom Township High School, Chicago Heights
     Mariana Barajas, Curie High School, Chicago
     MaryBeth Belmonte, Conant High School, Hoffman Estates
     Alicia Boughton, Maria High School, Chicago
     Blair Brown, Hinsdale South High School, Darien
     Joann Bryja, Queen of Peace High School, Burbank
     Joannna Capulong, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Octavio Casas, Kennedy High School, Chicago
     Lauren Caster, Illinois College, Jacksonville
     Tejal Chande, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
     Brandi Clark, Rock Island High School, Rock Island
     Leticia Contreras, Curie High School, Chicago
     Brandon Corley, St. Rita High School, Chicago
     Ivan Delgado, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Rachel Dent, Boylan Central Catholic High School, Rockford
     Benjamin Dobes, Morton West High School, Berwyn
     Sarah Duggins, University of Illinois Champaign, Urbana
     Sabrina Ehmke, Niles West High School, Skokie
     Karen Eichenlaub, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
     Amy Fischl, Libertyville High School, Libertyville
     Amelia Gornik, Dixon High School, Dixon
     Kate Graham-McHugh, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park
     Anamaria Greab, Hubbard High School, Chicago
     Yaliza Gutierrez, Morton East High School, Cicero
     Alicia Hall, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Rikeita Harris, Thorton High School, Harvey
     Adam Heenan, Kankakee High School, Kankakee
     Patricia Hernandez, Hubbard High School, Chicago
     Emilia Herrera, Maria High School, Chicago
     Deanna Hicks, Morgan Park High School, Chicago
     Kristin Johnston, Benedictine University, Lisle
     Andrew Jones, Bogan High School, Chicago
     Jacqueline Kalipeni, Centennial High School, Champaign
     Cory Kelley, Carbondale High School, Carbondale
     Cynthia Kogol, Mother Guerin High School, River Grove
     Jeffrey Kreil, Reavis High School, Burbank
     Jessica LaBon, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Bradley
     Rosalynn Lazar, Elgin High School, Elgin
     Jonathan Lin, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton
     Elizabeth Lloyd, Fenger High School, Chicago
     Candice Lobo, Willowbrook High School, Villa Park
     Joneisha Lockhart, Simeon High School, Chicago
     Paola Lopez, Proviso West High School, Hillside
     Lucero Magallanes, Bowen High School, Chicago
     Malika Mask, Wheeling High School, Wheeling
     Chenique McIntire, Murphysboro High School, Murphysboro
     Alicia Mejia, Willows High School, Des Plaines
     Rachel Moeller, Illinois State University, Normal
     Diana Montgomery, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
     Gholnecsar Muhammad, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville,
      Edwardsville
     Dalila Muro, Dundee Crown High School, Carpentersville
     Nancy Navarez, Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City
     Sonia Ortega, Kelly High School, Chicago
     Alenna Park, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
     Darshna Patel, Mather High School, Chicago
     Adrienne Pavek, Morton West High School, Berwyn
     Lynnycesa Perry, Rich East High School, Park Forest
     Rebekka Pogeman, Limestone High School, Bartonville
     Julie Quirch, Palatine High School, Palatine
     Jeanine Rainey, St. Ignatius High School, Chicago
     Mary Ralph, Columbia College, Chicago
     Adam Ramirez, Roosevelt University, Chicago
     Veronica Ramos, Whitney Young High School, Chicago
     Patricia Rangel, Lourdes High School, Chicago
     Eboni Rankin, Shepard High School, Palos Heights
     Angela Reaves, Morgan Park High School, Chicago
     Monique Redeaux, Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City
     Alison Reedy, Bradley University, Peoria
     Karen Roberts, Heritage High School, Broadlands
     Claudia Rostro, Morgan Park High School, Chicago
     Angela Ruiz, Northside College Prep. High School, Chicago
     Celia Sanabria, Prosser High School, Chicago
     Natalie Sanchez, East Aurora High School, Aurora
     Veronica Sanchez, Trinity High School, River Forest
     Alaina Schroeder, Alleman Catholic High School, Rock Island
     Amy Scudder, Mother McAuley High School, Chicago
     Bianca Severino, Benedictine University, Lisle
     Angela Sidell, Pekin High School, Pekin
     Elizabeth Sieben, Mattoon High School, Mattoon
     Lisa Simoncelli, Maine South High School, Park Ridge
     Christine Smedberg, West Leyden High School, Northlake
     Sara Soltis, Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester
     Rosa Sosa, Maria High School, Chicago
     Andrea Streckfuss, O'Fallon High School, O'Fallon
     Jennifer Suerth, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Omar Tabbara, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Sandra Tapia, DePaul University, Chicago
     Roberto Terrazas, Kenwood Academy, Chicago
     Coi Trotter, Whitney Young High School, Chicago
     Rachel Tyson, Curie High School, Chicago
     Andrea Vanvoltenburg, United Township High School, East Moline
     Evelyn Velazquez, Libertyville High School, Libertyville
     Roberta Vogeltanz, Evergreen Park High School, Evergreen Park
     Carrie VonHuben, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
     Catherine Wachtel, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
     Lisa Weidner, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb
     Therese Weimholt, Von Steuben High School, Chicago
     Heather Widolff, Prophetstown High School, Prophetstown
     Deanna Wruskyj, Loyola University, Chicago
 
 

SOURCE Golden Apple Foundation
    CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden Apple Foundation announces the
 names of 101 students who have been selected as 2001 Golden Apple Scholars of
 Illinois.  The Scholars program was created to augment the teacher preparation
 of sound prospective teachers, thereby addressing the critical shortage of
 teachers in Illinois.  The Scholars will be honored at the Field Museum in
 Chicago on April 6, 2001, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
     The 2001 Scholars were selected from over 1,100 nominations statewide
 through a detailed application and interview process.  Criteria for selection
 includes a demonstrated passion for teaching and readiness for college.
 Scholars enroll in one of 38 participating Illinois colleges and universities
 and agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need, as designated
 by a combination of federal Title One status and/or low state test scores.
     The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits bright and talented
 high school seniors who represent rich ethnic diversity for teaching careers
 in high need classrooms throughout Illinois.  This year, 18 college sophomores
 were also selected to participate in the program.  Sixty percent of the entire
 Scholars contingent represent minorities.  The program was created by the
 award-winning teachers of the Golden Apple Foundation, who teach and supervise
 the Scholars during the summer and serve as mentors during the Scholar's
 college and early teaching years.  The program began in 1989 with 15
 Chicago-area students, expanding statewide in 1993 to 60 students per year.
 The program grew once again last year to its current number of 100 recipients.
 One additional Scholar was selected this year in memory of 1999 Scholar
 Joyovantae Roberts, who died in a car accident in December.  To date, over
 600 Scholars are enrolled in the program and over 150 Scholars are teaching
 throughout Illinois. The program is Illinois' premier teacher recruitment and
 pre-induction program, funded primarily by the Illinois State Board of
 Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
 
     Golden Apple Scholars receive the following:
     Financial assistance in the form of a $5,000 scholarship-loan each year
 for four years of undergraduate studies at one of 38 Illinois universities.
 The Scholars commit to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.
 Scholars also receive a $2,000 stipend for each of the four summers.  Teaching
 internships in Chicago schools and seminars on the art and craft of teaching
 through the Golden Apple Scholars Summer Institute, a four-year summer program
 taught in part by Golden Apple Award-winning teachers.  Through the Summer
 Institutes, Scholars receive three times the amount of teaching experience
 than they would otherwise receive.
     Mentoring during college and the early years of teaching from outstanding,
 award-winning teachers who are part of the Golden Apple Scholar mentoring
 network.
 
     Recruiting New Teachers for the Future
     Here is a sampling of the students who have been selected for the program
 this year:
 
     Brandi Clark
     Rock Island High School
     Brandi wants to teach Spanish because she feels she can benefit children.
     She loves to work with children and teach them new and exciting ideas.
     She is a strong believer that you learn something new every day.  Brandi
     is involved in the Upward Bound Program which emphasizes the importance of
     going and staying in school. She has been a member of Rock Island's
     Minority Teachers Incentive Program since 1997, which stresses the need
     for more minority teachers in all fields of education.
 
     Roberto Terrazas
     Kenwood Academy, Chicago
     Roberto would like to teach Spanish as well as computers.  Currently he is
     the president of the computer club.  Besides his love for computers he has
     a deep passion for others.  He has taught classes at a community learning
     center and is currently in charge of the school technology staff. He found
     it his given responsibility to teach and influence others.  He sees that
     he has the skills and determination to teach.
 
     Alicia Boughton
     Maria High School, Chicago
     Alicia has excelled as a student, exhibited through receiving the Joseph
     Cardinal Bernardin Scholarship every year since 1997, and being named to
     the National Honor Society.  She is drawn to the teaching profession
     because she feels education helps to decrease ignorance and negativity.
     Alicia is also an avid reader, and she says, "sharing my love for
     literature and exposing others to worlds unknown to them would truly be an
     exhilarating experience."
 
     Johnathan Lin
     Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton
     He understands that not everyone enjoys math.  He would like to
     accommodate the students' needs, do whatever it takes to help them grasp
     the subject.  To be an excellent teacher, he feels you must have a desire
     for the subject you are teaching.  He believes that his own love for math
     would enable him to pique the interest of his students.
 
     Rosalyn Lazar
     Elgin High School, Streamwood
     Rosalyn wants to teach because she has a love for science and math.
     Rosalyn has learned leadership techniques through involvement with student
     council and class board.  These activities have taught her to take the
     initiative and speak up.  Through Cross Cultural Committee she shares her
     ideas on diversity and multiculturalism.  At Camp Horizon, a camp for
     children with severe skin disorders, she learned how to succeed.
 
     The Golden Apple Foundation was founded in 1985 to promote excellence in
 classroom teaching.  The Foundation sponsors the annual Golden Apple Awards
 for teachers, the statewide Golden Apple Scholars teacher recruitment program,
 the Golden Apple Teacher Education (GATE) program, and various workshops and
 programs.
 
     2001 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
 
     Angel Aguilar, Prosser Career Academy, Chicago
     Michelle Arriola, Lincoln Park High School, Chicago
     Ana Baeza, Bloom Township High School, Chicago Heights
     Mariana Barajas, Curie High School, Chicago
     MaryBeth Belmonte, Conant High School, Hoffman Estates
     Alicia Boughton, Maria High School, Chicago
     Blair Brown, Hinsdale South High School, Darien
     Joann Bryja, Queen of Peace High School, Burbank
     Joannna Capulong, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Octavio Casas, Kennedy High School, Chicago
     Lauren Caster, Illinois College, Jacksonville
     Tejal Chande, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
     Brandi Clark, Rock Island High School, Rock Island
     Leticia Contreras, Curie High School, Chicago
     Brandon Corley, St. Rita High School, Chicago
     Ivan Delgado, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Rachel Dent, Boylan Central Catholic High School, Rockford
     Benjamin Dobes, Morton West High School, Berwyn
     Sarah Duggins, University of Illinois Champaign, Urbana
     Sabrina Ehmke, Niles West High School, Skokie
     Karen Eichenlaub, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
     Amy Fischl, Libertyville High School, Libertyville
     Amelia Gornik, Dixon High School, Dixon
     Kate Graham-McHugh, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park
     Anamaria Greab, Hubbard High School, Chicago
     Yaliza Gutierrez, Morton East High School, Cicero
     Alicia Hall, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Rikeita Harris, Thorton High School, Harvey
     Adam Heenan, Kankakee High School, Kankakee
     Patricia Hernandez, Hubbard High School, Chicago
     Emilia Herrera, Maria High School, Chicago
     Deanna Hicks, Morgan Park High School, Chicago
     Kristin Johnston, Benedictine University, Lisle
     Andrew Jones, Bogan High School, Chicago
     Jacqueline Kalipeni, Centennial High School, Champaign
     Cory Kelley, Carbondale High School, Carbondale
     Cynthia Kogol, Mother Guerin High School, River Grove
     Jeffrey Kreil, Reavis High School, Burbank
     Jessica LaBon, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Bradley
     Rosalynn Lazar, Elgin High School, Elgin
     Jonathan Lin, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton
     Elizabeth Lloyd, Fenger High School, Chicago
     Candice Lobo, Willowbrook High School, Villa Park
     Joneisha Lockhart, Simeon High School, Chicago
     Paola Lopez, Proviso West High School, Hillside
     Lucero Magallanes, Bowen High School, Chicago
     Malika Mask, Wheeling High School, Wheeling
     Chenique McIntire, Murphysboro High School, Murphysboro
     Alicia Mejia, Willows High School, Des Plaines
     Rachel Moeller, Illinois State University, Normal
     Diana Montgomery, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
     Gholnecsar Muhammad, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville,
      Edwardsville
     Dalila Muro, Dundee Crown High School, Carpentersville
     Nancy Navarez, Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City
     Sonia Ortega, Kelly High School, Chicago
     Alenna Park, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
     Darshna Patel, Mather High School, Chicago
     Adrienne Pavek, Morton West High School, Berwyn
     Lynnycesa Perry, Rich East High School, Park Forest
     Rebekka Pogeman, Limestone High School, Bartonville
     Julie Quirch, Palatine High School, Palatine
     Jeanine Rainey, St. Ignatius High School, Chicago
     Mary Ralph, Columbia College, Chicago
     Adam Ramirez, Roosevelt University, Chicago
     Veronica Ramos, Whitney Young High School, Chicago
     Patricia Rangel, Lourdes High School, Chicago
     Eboni Rankin, Shepard High School, Palos Heights
     Angela Reaves, Morgan Park High School, Chicago
     Monique Redeaux, Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City
     Alison Reedy, Bradley University, Peoria
     Karen Roberts, Heritage High School, Broadlands
     Claudia Rostro, Morgan Park High School, Chicago
     Angela Ruiz, Northside College Prep. High School, Chicago
     Celia Sanabria, Prosser High School, Chicago
     Natalie Sanchez, East Aurora High School, Aurora
     Veronica Sanchez, Trinity High School, River Forest
     Alaina Schroeder, Alleman Catholic High School, Rock Island
     Amy Scudder, Mother McAuley High School, Chicago
     Bianca Severino, Benedictine University, Lisle
     Angela Sidell, Pekin High School, Pekin
     Elizabeth Sieben, Mattoon High School, Mattoon
     Lisa Simoncelli, Maine South High School, Park Ridge
     Christine Smedberg, West Leyden High School, Northlake
     Sara Soltis, Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester
     Rosa Sosa, Maria High School, Chicago
     Andrea Streckfuss, O'Fallon High School, O'Fallon
     Jennifer Suerth, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Omar Tabbara, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
     Sandra Tapia, DePaul University, Chicago
     Roberto Terrazas, Kenwood Academy, Chicago
     Coi Trotter, Whitney Young High School, Chicago
     Rachel Tyson, Curie High School, Chicago
     Andrea Vanvoltenburg, United Township High School, East Moline
     Evelyn Velazquez, Libertyville High School, Libertyville
     Roberta Vogeltanz, Evergreen Park High School, Evergreen Park
     Carrie VonHuben, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
     Catherine Wachtel, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
     Lisa Weidner, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb
     Therese Weimholt, Von Steuben High School, Chicago
     Heather Widolff, Prophetstown High School, Prophetstown
     Deanna Wruskyj, Loyola University, Chicago
 
 SOURCE  Golden Apple Foundation