Southland College Prep Student Named an Outstanding Illinois Charter School Senior by Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Richton Park, ILL –(ENEWSPF)–November 6, 2015—Jocelyn Dorney, a Southland College Prep Charter High School senior, has been named an Outstanding Illinois Charter School Senior by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

Dorney received the award, which included a $ 1,000 college scholarship, at the Network’s annual conference held recently at the Chicago Marriott Hotel.

According to Andrew Broy, President of the INCS, “this award is made to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, commitment to their community and strong leadership qualities in their school and extracurricular activities. “

Awardees are also cited for “their embodiment of the mission of their own charter school and their progress toward achieving their dream of graduating from college and being successful in a career and beyond,” Broy said.

“Jocelyn Dorney is a fine credit to Southland College Prep. We appreciate this well deserved recognition by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools,” said Dr. Blondean Davis, Southland College Prep Charter High School’s CEO.

Currently ranked second in her senior class of 2016, with a 4.73 grade-point average, Dorney, a 17-year-old resident of Olympia Fields, is focused on pursuing a degree in biomolecular engineering and chemical engineering.

“My eventual goal is to build medical tools and devices used in surgeries. After earning a bachelor’s degree, I plan to pursue a medical degree, for I feel that in order to design and build medical devices, I need to understand the medical field thoroughly,” Dorney says.

Dorney is president of Southland College Prep’s National Honor Society and captain of the school’s mock trial team. This past summer, she was selected to participate in the Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she learned how to build radars, created code and worked on 3D printing.

Recently, Dorney was selected by Rice University from among 6,000 candidates nationally to participate in the school’s SOAR (Seeking Opportunities at Rice) program. 

On Saturdays, Dorney volunteers at the Museum of Science & Industry where she demonstrates her own exhibit on electromagnetism.

Source: Southland College Prep