University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Kinesiology
Hometown: Marquette Park

“Samaria has been a role model for her peers since the day she walked in the Upper School, displaying a consistent record of academic excellence and acting as a true ambassador for the school.

“As an athlete, she was part of regional championship volleyball and basketball teams. She was one of our captains for basketball this year and her calming influence was a key to our success. She knew how to balance the highs and lows of the season and keep her teammates focused on their long-range goals. She saved her best basketball game for the regional championship this year, when she was our leading scorer and helped to lead us to the championship.

“Samaria is a student that I will always remember. I am proud to have been her principal, teacher, and coach.”

— Upper School principal Tom Drahozal