This week, a Noble Schools’ principal and student were awarded by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools at a ceremony for their outstanding contributions to their communities. They were two of just a few educators and students who were chosen from 141 charter campuses across the state of Illinois. Here’s more about them and why they were awarded:
Jeylin C, a senior at UIC College Prep, was one of four charter high school seniors to receive the Outstanding Illinois Charter School Senior award from INCS. Her college counselor and dean of college & career counseling at UICCP, Nikki Desgrosellier, nominated Jeylin because of her dedication to both her academics and her community.
“Jeylin is an outstanding student. She has a remarkable academic record. In addition to that, she’s super involved in many meaningful activities,” Desgrosellier said, “She is a leader, she is compassionate, and she’s very bright.”
Jeylin is a recent QuestBridge scholar and is involved in several academic, professional, and community service activities, both inside and outside of her school. She is a Thrive Scholar, a Leadership Initiatives internship team lead, and an Alexander Hamilition Scholar, among many other school activities she engages in like band and mathletes. Jeylin credits her mom for helping her with time management skills so she can fit in all these activities amongst her rigorous academic schedule.
Next fall, Jeylin will be going to University of Pennsylvania to learn marketing in the business school. She first developed her love for marketing while working with the Leadership Initiatives program, where she and her peers helped small business owners in underdeveloped countries get grants and advertise.
When she heard that she won the Outstanding Senior award, she was excited.
“I was so happy because there’s like so much effort that I put into so many things. So, then, being acknowledged for it and recognized is just like such an amazing accomplishment for myself and my family,” Jeylin said.
Her family, Desgrosellier, and UICCP principal, Dalonte Burns, all showed up to support her at the awards ceremony this week.
“Jeylin really embodies our mission. I’m inspired by her commitment to create positive multigenerational change. Multigenerational change is not just about what we do in the future—it is what we do on an everyday basis. And she does that every time she shows up,” Principal Burns said, “I’m really proud of her.”