We awarded ten awesome college-bound seniors with a $2,500 scholarship!

posted: 06/15/2017

If you thought high school was rough, just wait till you hear about these kids that not only survived the perils of high school, but totally rocked it!

These ten guys and gals are recipients of the 2017 Andigo Scholarship. Each of them will be receiving $2,500 to go towards tuition so they can keep overachieving in college!

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    Brant Bishop

    College: University of Colorado Boulder
    Major: Biological and Chemical Engineering
    Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction, Eagle Scout, Captain/Assistant Coach of Chiefs High School Hockey Team, volunteer for Feed My Starving Children
    Favorite book: Redwall by Brian Jacques
    Favorite TV show: Family Guy
    Fictional character he identifies with: Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
    Spirit animal: Turtle
    Wants to visit: Tokyo, Japan
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    Alec Cao

    College: University of California – Santa Barbara
    Major: Physics
    Achievements: Captain of Varsity Tennis Team, Secretary of Investment Club, Physics Tutor, Veterans Affairs Hospital volunteer, Physics Bowl Regional Winner
    Favorite book: The Percy Jackson series
    Favorite TV show: Avatar: The Last Airbender
    Favorite song: DNA by Kendrick Lamar
    Hobbies: Cooking and playing tennis
    Wants to visit: Japan, for its amazing culture and because he is a lover of sushi and ramen!
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    Emily Chen

    College: University of Chicago
    Major: Biological Science/Pre-Med
    Achievements: Varsity Badminton player, AP Scholar, Violin Leader in the Magical Strings of Youth Orchestra, Co-Head of Piecing Back Memory (not for profit)
    Dream job: Sports Medicine Physician for the Chicago Blackhawks
    Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy/The Office
    Favorite musician: Ed Sheeran
    Coolest place she’s been: Italy
    Wants to visit: Australia
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    Grace Dodis

    College: Lake Forest College
    Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med
    Achievements: Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society member, volunteer at Marklund Center, Captain of Cross Country and Track and Field Teams
    Dream job: Neurosurgeon
    Favorite band: Twenty One Pilots
    Coolest place she’s been: Fairy Lake in Gallatin County, Montana
    Hobbies: Running, playing piano, and exploring nature
    Wants to visit: The Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland
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    Ryan McMahon

    College: Cornell University
    Major: Physics
    Achievements: AP Scholar, Eagle Scout, Trumpet Section Leader in Marching Band, 1st Trumpet in Jazz Band, Track and Field participant
    Favorite band: Chicago
    Favorite TV show: Rick and Morty
    Spirit animal: Rhesus Monkey
    Hobbies: Playing music, basketball and kayaking
    Wants to visit: Mars
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    Hanna Murakami

    College: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Major: Chemistry and Accounting
    Achievements: AP Scholar, Captain of Varsity Track and Field, Co-President of Just Hang It Up (501c3 organization), IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award Recipient
    Dream job: Working for BuzzFeed or Cosmopolitan
    Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation
    Coolest places she’s been: England, France, Ireland, and Italy
    Hobbies: Running, she even secured a spot in the 2017 Chicago Marathon
    Wants to visit: South America to see where her Spanish takes her
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    Katie Novak

    College: Purdue University
    Major: Exploratory
    Achievements: Senior Class President, winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest, Varsity Cheerleading and Field Hockey, A Capella Choir board member, Most Outstanding AP Language and Composition Student Award recipient
    Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    Favorite TV show: Gossip Girl
    Coolest place she’s been: Rome, Italy
    Hobbies: Reading, doing puzzles, making photo books and spending time with friends
    Wants to visit: Vienna, Austria
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    Eric Pappas

    College: University of Dayton
    Major: Computer Science
    Achievements: Varsity Lacrosse goalie, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Robotics Club member, Coach/mentor for the Challenger Baseball Program
    Dream job: Working for Google
    Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad
    Favorite band: Twenty One Pilots
    Spirit animal: Penguin
    Wants to visit: Europe
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    Matthew Sparling

    College: University of Michigan
    Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med
    Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society member, Student Ambassadors board member, State Seal of Biliteracy recipient, Captain of Intramural Flag Football and Basketball teams
    Favorite musician: Chance the Rapper
    Favorite TV show: House of Cards
    Coolest place he’s been: Costa Rica
    Favorite book: Life of Pi
    Wants to visit: Hawaii
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    Yodiet Tesfu

    College: University of Chicago
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction, Co-President of National Honor Society, Cross-Country and Track leader, 3rd place winner of WYSE Regional Biology and Chemistry tests
    Favorite book: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Favorite TV show: How to Get Away with Murder
    Coolest place she’s been: Ethiopia
    Hobbies: Reading and running
    Favorite band: Young the Giant

Shout out to our partner, Liberty Mutual, for making these kids dreams a reality. 

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