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Seven students earn 2018 High School Equivalency Scholarship awards

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 23, 2018

Seven students receiving a total of $7,000 in scholarships were recognized at the 2018 High School Equivalency Scholarship Awards luncheon, held July 12 at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. The event was sponsored by CLC’s Adult Education and English as a Second Language division and the Lake County Regional Office of Education.

Three individuals each received a $1,500 award. Mike Odiase, a Barrington resident, plans to pursue an education degree and teach physical education and coach soccer at a local school. Yobe Atade-Nanguit (Mundelein) said she plans to pursue her nursing degree at CLC. Daniel Perry (Antioch), said his goal is to learn logistics at CLC and become a trucking dispatcher.

Additionally, four recipients received an award of $625 each. Karieann Politzer (Lindenhurst) said she wants to “preserve the Earth for future generations,” with a bachelor’s degree in either journalism, photography or environmental biology. KavithaPhoto of high-school equivalency grads and scholarship winners Sridas (Round Lake) is pursuing her medical imaging certificate at CLC and plans to enroll in an 18-month nuclear medicine program at Johns Hopkins University. Joseph Ikeakhe (Waukegan) is an aspiring CLC nursing major and Ashley Giselle Barron, another Waukegan resident, is pursuing an Associate in Fine Arts transfer degree with plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

Photo (from left): CLC’s 2018 High School Equivalency Scholarship winners who attended the June 11 luncheon are: Karianne Politzer, Daniel Perry, Kavithas Sridas, Joseph Ikeakhe, Yobe Atade-Nanguit and Mike Odiase.

In her congratulatory remarks, CLC President Lori Suddick, Ed. D., said, “The college’s faculty and staff are so pleased to have played a part in your education and life journey. The time, money, and energy to further your education and pursue a higher credential is a worthwhile investment in yourself and your family.”

The scholarship recipients were among the students who applied for the scholarship after they obtained their High School Equivalency certificates in the last 14 months. CLC’s Adult Education faculty selected the seven based on student essays describing the impact of the scholarships on their lives and career aspirations. The funding is designed for the recipients to start or continue their post-secondary education at CLC in the 2018-19 academic year, said Arlene Santos-George, dean of CLC’s Adult Education and English as a Second Language division.

Kaya Wilson (Zion), who earned her High School Equivalency certificate and received the scholarship in 2017, was the designated student speaker. “The CLC teachers, who were so kind, helped me grow out of the shell I was hiding in and become more motivated to achieve my dreams,” said Wilson, who is majoring in medical imaging.

Funding for the scholarship is usually provided by donations from the Regional Office of Education, with additional donations coming from the Libertyville Women’s Club, said Mary Lynn Carver, chair of the Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary Education department. The Regional Office of Education’s representatives attending the luncheon included the Honorable Roycealee J. Wood, Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools and Michael Munda, assistant superintendent as well staff members. Judy Haga of the Libertyville Woman’s Club also attended.

To learn more about the Adult Education and English as Second Language programs, visit