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Sarah Summers '16

An Elgin Academy alum, Sarah Summers (Class of '16) is a "Vaccine Angel" working with Illinois residents to help them find appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine. Sarah is featured along with Karen Davidson in this piece from NBC news which addresses the struggle of many Illinois residents to find vaccine appointments. We are proud of Sarah's commitment to the cause and her fulfillment of our mission to inspire students to become our creative, courageous, and compassionate future.

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Muskaan Siddique ('19)
Congratulations to EA alum Muskaan Siddique ('19) who was recently elected as the President of Phi Alpha Theta for the 2021-2022 school year at the University of Illinois. Phi Alpha Theta is an academic honor society whose mission is to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among Historians.
Congratulations, Muskaan!
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Roland Imes ‘49
In honor of EA’s birthday, we are beginning a series of alumni giving stories. We are so proud of our alumni and their generosity. First up is Roland Imes ‘49.
Roland had many interests and passions while a student at Elgin Academy. During his time at EA he was a leader, a performer, and an athlete. His senior photo lists him as the President of many clubs including the Boys’ Chorus. He lettered in football, played basketball, and set a track record or two.
Roland always looked back fondly at his time at EA and two of his greatest loves in life were the Academy and the theater. Roland remained a passionate supporter of our school throughout his life and made donations that helped advance the arts. He contributed to the Capital Campaign for the construction of the Rider Center for Media and the Arts. More recently, he made a bequest to Elgin Academy to help us do some critical restoration work on the Sears Art Gallery.
When asked why he loved Elgin Academy, he said “It is important to me that Elgin Academy should continue for many years to teach and coach and encourage other young adults to be their best”. Well said, Roland.
We are grateful to Roland and the many other alumni who support Elgin Academy through their philanthropic gifts.
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Jeanne Behmer

Recently, the family of Jeanne Marilyn Behmer-Wisniewski, class of 1946, generously donated a special souvenir -- a sterling silver spoon dated August 20, 1885 that features a detailed engraving of Old Main. When the family reached out to EA, we went to the yearbooks to learn a little more about Jeanne. She was at Elgin Academy for a single year, but was known as an artist by her peers. She was a member of the Aeichlorians, which was a popular girls group that was a campus fixture for many years. She was also a member of a discussion group called the Chameleons who, according to the yearbook, discussed a wide variety of topics including the many theories of reincarnation. She and fellow senior Tom Twyman, created two plaster sculptures that were accepted by the jury of the Regional High School Art Exhibition in Chicago. We are so grateful for the opportunity to walk down memory lane and learn at little more about our alums and EA in 1946.

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Congratulations Madigan Boborci ’19

Madigan Boborci (’19), a second year Aquatic Biology major and Feminist Studies minor at the University of California Santa Barbara, was recently selected as a Bentson Scholar in Aquatic Biology. The Bentson Scholarship, awarded by the Bentson Foundation, is a prestigious distinction given for excellence in academic performance. Bentson scholarships "support high-achieving aquatic biology students, in part, by affording them invaluable research opportunities as they pursue their educations in marine science." Keep up the outstanding work Madigan!

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Isabella Richardson '16

Isabella Richardson ‘16 is working as a research assistant in the pathobiology lab at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is part of a research team focused on tracking and limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in cervids (deers) throughout the continental United States. Isabella participated in the university’s dual degree program. She graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with minors in Human Development & Family Sciences and Sociology, and certificates in Neuroscience and Multicultural Studies. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Public Health with a veterinary public health emphasis. Congratulations, Isabella!

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Alumni News
Congratulations to Elgin Academy Alum, Carolyn Ginder '16 who recently earned a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from American University and will be continuing to work at Ecomedes as a Business Development Analyst. After graduating Elgin Academy in 2016 Carolyn attended Knox College.
Carolyn said this on her Facebook post, "When I started school at Knox College four years ago I never could have imagined getting a job doing what I love while making a difference and I am extremely grateful for getting the opportunity to learn and grow as a person at Knox. I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way and I am excited for the future to come!"
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