2011-2012 School Year
- Eight college student completed another year of studies, one second-year college student received her Certified Nurses Assistant accreditation
- Three seniors graduated and are attending college at Marquette, St Norbert, and College of Lake County
- Thirteen students made the honor roll
- Most students participated in a summer enrichment activity including the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Inspire summer program (medical research with a graduate student and a faculty mentor), Boys State, Leadership Lab at Augustana College and Marquette University’s summer engineering camp.
- Volunteers gave over 800 hours of tutoring and reading assistance
- A Parent Leaders team was formed to be a sounding board for new ideas and advise new families and ensure their participation. Parents hosted a dinner/dance fundraiser in July.
- 1 group service project – Feed My Starving Children
- Organizationally, on July 1, 2012, W2C spun off from Lake County United into a stand-alone not-for-profit
- Formed a Transition Board
- Filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of Illinois
- Received 501c3 status with the IRS
2010-2011 School Year
- 4 of 4 students completed their first year of college and returned in fall 2011
- 5 of 5 students graduated and began college in fall 2011
- 1 student inducted into the National Honor Society, 3 students were placed on the high honor roll, 4 students were placed on the honor roll (two made honor roll for the very first time in their lives)
- 10 students were accepted to summer camps on college campuses. All 10 received full or partial scholarships!
In order to achieve this impact, Waukegan to College students, families, staff, and volunteers worked hard:
- 90 hours of one-on-one counseling
- 7 Saturday workshops
- 1 group visit to 2 college campuses
- 1 group service project—Feed My Starving Children
- Over 400 hours of tutoring
- Added a Read to Achieve program
- Added a six-week summer math & English program
Elena Herrera will attend St. Norbert College with plans to study psychology and sociology. After four years of hard work, Elena is living her dream. She started out with average grades, but was determined to reach for the schools she wanted to attend. She advises younger students to enjoy their high school experience, stay strong during difficult times, and work hard. Elena is very excited to take classes that she is passionate about and hopes to find other driven students.
Elizabeth Martinez will attend Marquette University with plans to study International Business. She has enjoyed her time at St. Martin de Porres High School, and being able to grow in her faith at a Christian school. As she reflects on her high school experience, she passes along the wisdom to work hard now, so that things will be easier as you go along. She hopes to be able to balance her new schedule and continue to put school first. Elizabeth is excited to start the adventure of college, meet new people, and experience living on her own.
Francisco Quebrado will attend the College of Lake County pursuing an Associate’s degree in Communications with plans to transfer to a 4-year university. He is passionate about music and wants to have a career in the radio or music production industry. Francisco is excited to take on new challenges and start to prove his independence. With this new independence he knows that good time management is vital. Looking back on high school, his advice to younger students is to set your priorities right, study hard, and work closely with your teachers.
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