President VanAken Surprises Newly Accepted Elmhurst Students

December 3, 2018 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken hit the road on Friday, Nov. 30, to surprise and congratulate high school seniors who had just been accepted to the College.

About 30 students at Willowbrook High School and Elk Grove High School got a visit from President VanAken and the school’s mascot, Victor E. Bluejay. They also were presented with a “Bluejay Box” containing their letter of acceptance, a scholarship offer, an Elmhurst cap and more.

“We’re delighted to offer you your formal acceptance to the College, and are proud to support you in your educational endeavors,” President VanAken said.

Vice President for Admission Timothy H. Ricordati visited Wheeling High School and Round Lake High School to welcome another 30 newly admitted students.

Scholarship offers totaling more than $4.2 million over four years were awarded to the students at the four high schools; all were admitted to Elmhurst through its Early Action program.

At Willowbrook, about 17 seniors were called out of their classes for the presentation of their early acceptance letters. Several parents also attended, as well as Elmhurst College alumni now working at the high school as teachers and staff.

“We really enjoy getting out and congratulating our newly admitted students,” President VanAken said. “This has been a great way for us to share in their excitement.”

Willowbrook High School Senior Jessica Soto, of Villa Park, said Elmhurst was the first school she applied to. “I like that the campus is small and inviting, and I really want to get to know my professors well, so I believe Elmhurst will be a great fit for that,” said Soto, who plans to study nursing.

“Elmhurst was my No. 1 choice,” said Katherine Pettinger, of Lombard, who plans to study elementary education. “The first time I took a tour of the campus, I loved it—it just felt like home.”

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