At their Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, June 6, the Glendale Heights Chamber of Commerce awarded scholarships to three remarkable students! Our Community Outreach Specialist, Vince Sovanski, had the honor of introducing Emily, one of the recipients and longtime library user.
Award presentation transcript:
Good afternoon. I am Vince Sovanski, currently the Community Outreach Specialist for the Glenside Public Library District. However, did you know that from November of 1994 through December of 2009, I was the Manager of the Youth Services Department? It was very early on in this position that I had the very good fortune to meet Sue, a passionate patron and ardent supporter of literature. Well, Sue often brought her children to the library to instill in them a love of reading and to allow them to explore the world of books. And it was during one of those trips to the library that I met her youngest child, her daughter Emily. At that time, Emily was a quiet, bright-eyed, curious brunette, with an easy smile, who says this about herself as a child… “I was never interested in the things that other girls my age found intriguing, but what really fascinated me was the genetically engineered children with wings.” Similar to those children portrayed in James Patterson’s book, Maximum Ride. Thus, began Emily’s journey to young adulthood – one filled with wonder and intrigue about life and the world around her.
Growing up, Emily found by fifth grade that her passion and interests led her to a love of biology, well that is, until her brother then introduced her to the more curious world of physics. For a while, Emily toyed with the idea of becoming a particle physicist to solve subatomic mysteries. While taking classes at Glenbard North High School, her brush with anatomy and physiology caused her to rethink and rediscover her original love of biology. Presently, Emily plans to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Rockford University, but eventually she would like to earn a Master’s Degree and work as a Nurse Practitioner.
While at North, Emily attained a weighted GPA of 4.86, while she was also a three-year member of the Speech Team and she played the trumpet for four years as a member of the Jazz Band. Since seventh grade, Emily has tutored fifth grade on how to play the trumpet. Her achievements include membership in the Tri M Music Honor Society, the National English Honor Society and the National Honor Society.
In her spare time, Emily has excelled as a community volunteer, spending 280 hours serving those in need of shelter at the PADS program in Bloomingdale. In addition, for the past six years, she has worked at Kline Creek Farms, a part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. And since October 2017, Emily has worked in the Emergency Department at AMITA GlenOaks Hospital, restocking supplies and making rounds to assist patients and their needs.
I am very confident to say that it will continue to be an interesting journey for that little girl that I met so very long ago now. One in which Emily’s curiosity and her passion will lead her to a career and the life that she has dreamt for so long. I know that her loving family, especially her literature-loving mother, are extremely proud of Emily today. I present her with a $1,500 Kathy Guzlas Scholarship on behalf of the Glendale Heights Chamber of Commerce.