Reflections

May 26, 2020

Dear IMSA Community,

This is my first Personal Reflection since March 12, 2020 when I wrote we were about to go on spring break. I did not know then that we would not return to campus for the Academic Year 2019-2020.

I have written you many times and created a number of video announcements in the interim. While part of me wants to share my “personal reflections” of all that we’ve been through, I am instead, dedicating this Reflection to our Class of 2020!

We are now only a few days away from our virtual commencement 2020. We plan to have a live showing of our virtual commencement. We invite you to celebrate the Class of 2020 with us in the virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. The live stream celebration on YouTube will begin at 3:15 p.m., with the actual ceremony starting at 3:30 p.m.

Class of 2020

Here’s the latest report from Julia Husen, Coordinator of College and Academic Counseling (CAC Office).

The college admission process for the 2020 graduating class is officially over and we are delighted to share with you our students’ college destinations!  We are very proud of the college decisions made by the members of the Class of 2020!

Here are some interesting statistics about our graduating seniors:

  • 220 seniors will matriculate at 83 different institutions!
  • 106 students will be attending a college/university in Illinois, 112 will be moving out of state, and 2 students will be attending a school abroad.

In past years, I typically provide information only on the number of colleges/university our seniors enroll in. This year, however, to honor the Class of 2020, I am including the name of each senior and college/university they plan to attend.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

A., Nafay S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A., Mara J., Emory University, Atlanta, GA
A., Shikha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A., Pascal R., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A., Vibhav, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A., Valeria, Rice University, Houston, TX
A., Oluwadamilola L., University of Illinois at Chicago
A.-S., Maxine, George Washington University
A., Mohamad Hasan A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A., Eliza, University of Illinois at Chicago
A., Jumobi I., University of Illinois at Chicago
A., Klaybis, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

B., Peter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B. Z., Ainsley E., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B., Frances E., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B., Pouravi, University of Illinois at Chicago
B., Alexander G., DePaul University Chicago, IL
B., Milica, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B., Zoe M., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B., Joseph R., North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC
B., Pratibha, University of Illinois at Chicago
B., Nishant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B., Shivang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B., Evan R., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B., Christopher E., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B., Riley E., University of Wisconsin- Madison

C., Aaron W., Military Academy, West Point, NY
C., Lyric S., The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
C.-F., Micah J., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
C., Caitlyn C., University of Illinois at Chicago
C., Daniel R., Aurora University, Aurora, IL
C., Saivasudha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
C.-S., Alexander C., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
C., Samira R., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
C., Raja, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
C., Madeleine L., University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, Cincinnati, OH
C., Spencer W., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
C., Amelia E., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
C., Luca S., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
C., Trinity J., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
C., Declan M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
C., Lauren E., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

D., Hannah E., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
D., Saachi G., Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, Atlanta, GA
D., Esha D., Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
D., Tristan M., University of Illinois at Springfield
D., Alyssa S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
D., Rhiannon S., New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL
D., Alison J., Washington University in St Louis, Saint Louis, MO
D., Alana J., Washington University in St Louis, Saint Louis, MO
D., Gaylen L., American University, Washington, DC
D., Jay H., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
D., Andrew, Yale University, New Haven, CT
D., Paul D., Illinois State University, Normal, IL

E., Sonia S., Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
E., Nikita, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

F., Grace M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
F., Grant L., Purdue University- Main Campus, West Lafayette, IN
F., Ian E., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
F., Wyatt D., Arizona State University-Tempe, Tempe, AZ

G., Ishaar P., Northwestern University
G., Emily A., The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
G., Diana, Northwestern University
G., Jasmin, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
G., Jacob A., Illinois State University, Normal, IL
G., Daniel J., Danville Area Community College, Danville, IL
G., Charlotte R., Northeastern University, Boston, MA
G., Isabel M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
G., Nikhilesh, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

H., Xander J., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
H., Matthew M., University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
H., Maahum B., Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
H., Maximillian N., Purdue University- Main Campus, Lafayette, IN
H., Jemea D., University of Illinois at Chicago
H., Ashley M., Creighton University, Omaha, NE
H., Jerry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
H., James T., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
H., Ethan E., Bradley University, Peoria, IL
H.-P., Isabella J., Northern Illinois University

I., Rustom, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I., Travis J., Bradley University, Peoria, IL

J., Ishanpepe A., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
J., Janna, University of Illinois at Chicago
J., Ajay K., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J., Christina G., University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
J., Richard J., University of Chicago

K., Preet P., Creighton University, Omaha, NE
K., Linda R., Arizona State University-Tempe, Tempe, AZ
K., Meghana V., Northwestern University
K., Christina M., Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
K., Max T., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
K., Torin E., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
K., Zoe E., Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
K., Elizaveta M., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

L., Ann T., Northwestern University
L., Samantha, University of Illinois at Chicago
L., Kurt A., U., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
L., Daniel J., Columbia University in the City of New York
L., Ji Yoon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
L., Matthew H., Duke University, Durham, NC
L., Megan Y., University of Illinois at Chicago
L., Jacob H., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
L., Lily A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
L., Mingyang, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
L., Abigail R., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
L., Allia N., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
L., Jason S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
L., Winny, Northwestern University
L., Arthur, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
L., Marcus J., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
L., Trenton J., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

M., Richard S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M., Neha, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
M., Aneesh S., New York University, New York, NY
M., Ayan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M., Rachel E., George Washington University, Washington, DC
M., Kaia K., Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
M., Michael J., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M., Xiomara, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
M., Rylie A., Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
M., Jodie, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M., Sabrina P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
M., Tatiana K., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M., Lucas R. E., University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
M., Teagan G., Bard College Berlin, Berlin, Germany
M., Rachel H., Washington University in St Louis, Saint Louis, MO
M., Elizabeth R., University of Illinois at Chicago

N., Manikandan N., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
N., Krishnachandra, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
N., Katie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
N., Matthew A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
N., Ishan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
N. Olivia R., Grand Canyon University-Traditional Campus, Phoenix, AZ

O., Miles M., Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI
O., Ivie O., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
O., Maxwell I., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
O., Duncan M., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

P., Namit D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
P., Savannah M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
P., WonJun, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
P., Stella R., University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
P., Ketu A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
P., Nilan V., Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
P., Vincent L., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
P., Ethan M., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
P., Lauren M., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
P., Sravani L., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
P., Sophia J., Stanford University, Stanford, CA
P., Tyler J., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
P., Karina G., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
P., Roman A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

R., Samuel L., Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
R., Bala P., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
R., Zayn A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
R., Levi Y., Haverford College, Haverford, PA
R., Kya C., North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC
R., Valynn J., Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
R., Clara J., University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
R., Aaron, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
R., Joshua R., Northern Illinois University
R., Katerina A., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
R., Natasha C., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
R., Andrea, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

S., Kiri H., Carleton College, Northfield, MN
S., Natalie, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
S., Brian E., McGill University, Montreal QC, Canada
S., Samuel S., Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette, IN
S., Samantha J., St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO
S., Moksh H., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S., Shruti P., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
S., Ray, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
S., Brennan H., Illinois Institute of Technology
S., Austin P., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S., Nathan A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
S., Arohi, University of Chicago
S., Vidhi, University of Illinois at Chicago
S., Eliot J., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S., Alexandra W., Northeastern University, Boston, MA
S., Ian, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
S., Tyree J.I., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
S., Dana D., Northwestern University
S., Yatri N., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
S., Makayla R., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

T., Bopoade A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
T., Saisupritha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
T., Ethan S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
T., Ryan B., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
T., Ishani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
T., Andrew L., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
T., Freddie E., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
T., Christopher S., Washington University in St Louis, Saint Louis, MO
T., Vaishnavi, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
T., Krishna P., University of Illinois at Chicago
T., Roshan A., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
T., Ethan H., Georgia Institute of Technology- Main Campus, Atlanta, GA

U., Rohan K., Georgetown University, Washington, DC

V., Aryan P., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
V., Zahra F., University of Illinois at Chicago
V., Michael, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
V., Tejo N., University of Chicago
V., Aabha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
V., Vismay G., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

W. Brian A., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
W., Angela J., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
W., Donah Michelle Tumolva T., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
W., Sydney G., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
W., Kara J., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
W., Gowri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
W., Alisa D.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
W., Nicole E., Columbia University in the City of New York
W., Grace C., The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

X., Doreen Y., University of Chicago
Y., Breanna, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Y., Jonathan R., Purdue University- Main Campus, Lafayette, IN
Y.-E., Brandon A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Y., Sarah J., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Y., Grace G., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Z., Jason, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Z., Athena, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Z., Austin A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Senior” Recognition

While the entire Class of 2020 will be listed in our commencement program, several “seniors” will not be listed because they took much longer than three years to “graduate” from IMSA. I would like to extend our congratulations and deepest appreciation to our “seniors” who are IMSA retirees. They have shared their talents, passions, stories, ideas and their lives with IMSA over many, many years. The Class of 2020 can be proud to call them their “classmates.”

  • Dr. Don Dosch, Science Faculty—28 Years
  • Colleen Geihm, Principal’s Office—20+ years
  • Janice Held, Business Office– 14+ years
  • Dr. Robert Hernandez, Principal and Chief Academic Officer – 25+ years
  • Diane Hinterlong, Principal’s Office—29+ years
  • Paavo Husen, World Language Faculty – 21 years
  • Barbara Rowe, Student Life– 13 years

If you would like to leave a “thank you” note, or share how any of these “seniors” influenced you, or what they meant to you, please consider leaving a comment. We will ensure that they receive it. Some people have also asked me if they can make a donation to the IMSA Fund or the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund in their honor to show their appreciation and gratefulness for them. Every donation is appreciated.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy summer!

Respectfully,

José M. Torres, Ph.D.
President