Equally passionate about academics, athletics, and service, Michaela graduates as an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and International Quill and Scroll Honor Society. She received the senior journalism and senior Spanish awards, and was recognized in previous years for her prowess in biology and U.S. history.
A native of Olympia Fields, Michaela also shined on the tennis, basketball, math, and academic challenge teams, was a member of the Honor Council, and led a fundraising drive that generated $6,500 for breast cancer research. After receiving more than $1 million in scholarship offers from top colleges and universities around the country, she chose to enroll at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will study chemistry and Spanish on a pre-med track.
“Michaela has a very strong work ethic and desire to work to her potential,” Upper School principal Tom Drahozal said. “Her dedication to her studies and all activities that she participates in is unquestioned. Michaela is a student who lets her effort and dedication do the talking for her. She has been a model student and a solid member of the tennis, basketball and soccer teams. Her desire to do her best in everything that she does is a trait that will benefit her for the rest of her life.”
Morgan Park Academy’s valedictorian is determined by cumulative high school grade-point average. To be eligible, a student must have attended the Academy for at least three years, including junior and senior years.