University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Biology
Hometown: Orland Park


In her own words:

“My 15 years at Morgan Park Academy have allowed me to grow not only as a student but as a person overall. Each year was filled with amazing, joyful memories with new teachers and friends. As graduation approached, I started to notice the small things of the school: the way the campus changed throughout the seasons, how the lights in the Arts Center shown through the windows after sundown, and how the stairs never failed to tire me out. The clubs and groups that I have joined have helped me find my passions and meet my closest friends. Morgan Park Academy has been my second home.”

From her teachers:

“Thoreau saw a life of thought as the purest of pursuits: ‘So to love wisdom was to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.’ Central to Thoreau’s utopia was magnanimity. It is a character trait that is often overlooked, frequently absent in the modern world.

“In the classroom and throughout the school day, Angela is one of the rare individuals who marries outstanding intellectual capacities and personal talents with an unending openness and generosity of spirit. She is quiet, yet thoughtful; modest, yet talented; exuberant in her mindfulness, all while supporting the pursuits of those around her. Her beauty of character and gentle talents will be missed in the MPA halls but will shine wherever her future leads her. She is, and will forever be, a bright light in an often-gray world.”
— Mrs. Fahey

From her classmates:

“It’s been 13 years and through it all, she’s always had the strength to be kind.”
— Maya

“I once said to Angela ‘I want to be YOU when I grow up,’ and it’s the truth. Angela is an astoundingly intelligent, caring, and talented young woman. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know her over the past four years and bonding over our love of theatre. I’m going to miss our inside jokes and her heart-warming smile.”
— Halle

“No matter the situation, she’s kind and accepting. Glad to have gone to South Korea with her!”
— Carter