Academy Alumni Profiles
Bartlett High School Academy of Science, Engineering, and High Technology
Ted Van Slyck
When Ted Van Slyck was a freshman at Bartlett High School, he discovered that his future was in the skies.
Jacki Gulczynski was an all-state basketball, volleyball and softball player at Bartlett High School. And, in the professional world, she’s still got game.
Lissette Beltran does not take “no” for an answer. And as a result, her career — and her dreams — are about to achieve liftoff.
Dr. Brian Poustinchian
Keeping things in balance has been a lifelong theme for Dr. Brian Poustinchian.
Elgin High School Gifted and Talented Academy
Katie Spets may be in her first year of teaching at Elgin High School. But no one needed to tell her how to find her way to her classroom or the teachers’ lounge, or the shortest route to the cafeteria.
Academy teachers inspired Leah Vercelli to 'pay it forward.'
Liz Tippy’s career is by the numbers, but working at Walt Disney World is anything but routine.
Dr. Sandra Carnahan
To reach her professional dreams, Dr. Sandra Carnahan had to push herself beyond her limits.
If you think it’s a long slog waging a campaign for your political party’s nomination for governor, try being a television reporter covering 18 candidates vying for the statehouse.
Larkin High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy
Courtney Reed, a graduate of Larkin High School’s Visual Performing Arts Academy, began performing in plays at age six.
Jessica (Moellendorf) Himmelreich
After graduating from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Jessica (Moellendorf) Himmelreich eventually entered the world of business, but she still finds a way to fulfill her creative side.
After studying dance at the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Larkin High School, Jenifer Sniezek took steps to reach her childhood dream of practicing veterinary medicine.
Joseph Pitt studied vocal performance during his days at the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Larkin High School.
Contrary to popular opinion, show business is not all that glamorous. That said, a life in the entertainment industry is just fine with Mary Czech.
South Elgin High School Broadcast Education and Communication Network Academy
The good news for Ryan Jenkins is, he knows exactly what his dream job is.
A love of televised competition — and a little guidance and experience from the Broadcast Education and Communications Network Academy — helped get Mario Calero into the game.
The bright lights have gone on for “Living Local,” an hourlong lifestyles program on Fox affiliate KXRM in Colorado Springs, Colorado. And there at the anchor desk, right in the middle of things, is Mia Atkins.
Streamwood High School World Languages and International Studies Academy
Sury Jimenez’s experience at Streamwood High School’s World Languages and International Studies Academy is adding up to a rewarding career.
Joceline Jimenez, who now works as a User Experience designer for a pharmaceutical company, credits her Academy time with giving her an introduction to what a business career looks like.
Mitch Bendis has no trouble keeping himself busy.
The firm grounding Audrey Kopecky gained while attending the World Languages and International Studies Academy at Streamwood High School helped her plant strong roots in the business world.
Funny thing about Streamwood High School graduate Maria Ranahan: She takes her work seriously.
“The Academy taught a well-rounded education from the beginning and helped me get a better background.”
Dr. Brian Poustinchian, Bartlett High School Academy of Science, Engineering and High Technology Academy Graduate
“I think the academy jump-started my career trajectory.”
Ashley Horne, Elgin High School Gifted and Talented Academy Graduate
“I knew I had a passion for the performing arts and theater, but you have to know the backstage life before you can do it.”
Mary Czech, Larkin High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy Graduate
“BEACON kind of transformed me."
Mario Calero, South Elgin High School Broadcast Education and Communications Network Academy Graduate
“I would recommend the Streamwood program to anyone. It was just a great experience overall.”
Audrey Kopecky, Streamwood High School World Languages and International Studies Academy Graduate