Good Luck Seniors!

  • Thank you to Dan Adams, Kevin Danaher, and Tom Kubala from the Alumni Association for meeting with our seniors and presenting them with their own Par Club hats!
  • Nick Cueller, winner of the New Scholar of the Year Award, and Sam Romo, winner of the Outstanding Senior Award. Thanks for all your hard work!

As the year comes to a close, we have a ton of exciting plans for Illinois seniors to share. In the past couple of weeks, seniors collectively raised $1,000, which they split and gave $500 to the Andrew Weisher Foundation and $500 to The Epilepsy Foundation to end their year on great terms. We will miss our seniors dearly, but thank them for all they have given us, and are excited for them to move on to the next chapter in their lives. Hopefully, they will come back and visit soon!

This year, 24 seniors will be leaving us, but we will be gaining 32 New Scholars in the fall, who will hopefully all make positive impacts on our chapter, as the seniors did. We wish all the seniors a sincere thank you and best of luck in the future!

As a final award, our entire chapter elects one New Scholar and one senior who have made positive impacts during their time here that greatly demonstrate the pillars of the Chick Evans Scholars. Nick Cueller was awarded the New Scholar of the Year Award and Sam Romo was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award. We are extremely proud of both Scholars, as there was no doubt to why each of them won. Both demonstrate the overall qualities of the Evans Scholarship and have been positive, encouraging influences their entire time here. Thank you both for showing us what it truly means to be an Evans Scholar!

Here are the seniors' post-graduation plans:

Adin Rand, a molecular and cellular biology major, is seeking full-time employment in scientific data analysis/quality control for a pharmaceutical or biotech company.

Austin Hultmark, a mechanical engineering major, is seeking full-time employment with international sustainable development.

Daniel Ammer, a chemistry major, will be graduating and is planning on going to graduate school in the fall.

Elias Honegger graduated in December and has started his full-time position at Epic Systems in Lake Zurich, Wisconsin.

Frank Passi, an industrial design major, is seeking full-time employment in a furniture design company.

Jake Lawrence, an electrical engineering major, is planning to work locally for about two years before eventually moving out west.

Ken Sprague, an actuarial science major, is seeking employment in an insurance or consulting firm.

Lisamarie Nappier, an economics major, will be begin working at Morningstar, Inc. in the summer.

Marco Aguilar, an economics major, is seeking employment as a research analyst.

Mario Cannistra, an advertising major, is returning from studying abroad in Granada, Spain, and plans on working for Ecolab, Inc. in marketing.

Marisol Juarez, a social work major, hopes to become a GRA for the Illinois Evans Scholars and is continuing her degree in social work by attending graduate school in the fall.

Mark Abtahi, a civil engineering major, will be attending graduate school in the fall and will be a GRA for the Illinois Evans Scholars. Welcome back, Mark!

Mary Joan Evans, an economics and Spanish major, will be working in Mississippi as a corps member for Teach For America.

Megan Devine, a special education major, will be continuing her education for another year at Illinois.

Megan Gonzalez, a community health major, is planning on attending graduate school in the fall.

Nolan McNicholas, a technical systems management major, is planning on working for a company he has previously interned with that focuses on design for indoor shooting range ventilation systems.

Samuel Romo, a molecular and cellular biology major, is seeking employment in biotechnology or pharmaceuticals.

Sean O'Donnell, a political science major, is focusing on preparing for the LSAT and intending on eventually going to law school.

Solomon Lowenstein, an agricultural and consumer economics major, is seeking employment in business development.

Steffan Miller, a kinesiology major, will be attending the National University of Health Sciences in the fall to begin his chiropractic career.

Syed Haque, a kinesiology major, plans on attending medical school and working as a research assistant.

Wellington Riera graduated in December and will be returning to the Illinois Evans Scholars as a GRA to work toward his master's in accounting science

Zach Schumacher, a kinesiology major, is planning on taking summer classes and interning as a pharmacy tech.

Zachary Danna, a civil engineering major, is seeking employment as a project manager at a construction firm.