Julia Alberth, Paris

(Chancellor’s Award emblematic of the top graduating student)

Julia Alberth is a prime example of UW-Parkside student success, due to her excellent academics, with a 3.842 GPA and numerous accolades, and her tremendous efforts for volunteer work focused on public health and humanities issues with her selection for the highly competitive RUSCH (Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health) program.

Nicholas Bielski, Bristol

Not only is Nick an accomplished scholar with a 4.0 GPA in a challenging and competitive major, he has been nationally recognized for his research experience and potential by receiving a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship —the most prestigious STEM scholarship in the U.S.

Chloe Calderon, Zion, Ill.

Chloe, a gifted student with a perfect 4.0 GPA, has already published two research papers which have appeared in peer-reviewed, international journals and even presented research to the UW System Board of Regents.

Anna Cotto, Gurnee, Ill.

Anna maintained a 4.0 GPA for her entire undergraduate degree. Even more impressive is the fact she did so while enrolled in 15 credits per semester, working 32-42 hours a week outside of the university, raising her 3-year-old child, and actively participating in student organizations, departmental organizations, and internships related to her future career.

Bryan Malek Jr., Crystal Lake, Ill.

A Liberal Studies major with an interest in marketing, public policy, and environmental studies, Bryan Malek Jr. boasts an impressive academic record with a 3.919 GPA, and has also been actively involved in the Parkside Environmental Club, including overseeing the club’s involvement in Greening Greater Racine and Eco Fest.

Bianca Ruffolo, Kenosha

Bianca certainly has an impressive academic track record, with a 3.97 GBA while pursuing a challenging degree. In addition to that, she’s also completed more than 400 hours of community service at the Shalom Center, Feed My Starving Children, Tiny Homes for Veterans, the GEMS (Girls Empowered by Math and Science) conference, and Make a Difference Day among others.

Justin Van Ee, Kenosha

Justin has an impressive resume, with a 4.0 GPA in two majors, Mathematics and Environmental Studies, and two minors, Biological Sciences and Economics. He’s been accepted to study statistics at Colorado State university.