Northwestern University

Major: Spanish
Hometown: Beverly and Flossmoor

“Always smart, sweet, and eager to learn, Annika was quiet until recently. She was a good girl and a traditionally good student. Looking back, this was perhaps her caterpillar form. Over the years she has added strength of will and a sense of purpose to that caterpillar.

“The search for these things is never easy and in this effort she went through a chrysalis form as she searched for her passions and found ways to explore her love of language, her musical talent, and more.

“We are now seeing the emerging butterfly in her confidence on stage, her pursuit of language learning, and her resolute search for her own path.

— English teacher Claire Concannon