TF North students receive prestigious Posse Scholarships

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Michelle Valdivia and Jesus Barraza receive full tuition scholarships

Information provided Thornton Fractional High School District 215

CALUMET CITY, Ill. (February 2, 2021) – TF North seniors Michelle
 Valdivia and Jesus Barraza were recently named Posse Scholars and have each received
 four-year renewable full tuition scholarships. Valdivia plans to attend
 the  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus, on a full tuition
 scholarship and will declare a major in nursing. Barraza will attend
 the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus, on a full tuition
 scholarship and plans to major in psychology.

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Michelle
 Valdivia (Photo provided)

During her time at TF North, Valdivia has participated in Action 
Team, Peer Mediation, Volleyball, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor 
Society, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Board, and Student Council.

Barraza has also been involved in numerous extracurricular activities at TF
 North, including serving as president of the National Honor Society, 
Mathletes, Peer Mediation, and the Senior Board. He was also captain of the 
Scholastic Bowl team, section leader of the marching band, and participated
 in the Action Team, Dreamers Club, Best Buddies, Connections, and the 
Future Teachers Club.

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Jesus Barraza (Photo provided)

TF North principal Brian Rucinski stated, “I’m so proud of Jesus and
 Michelle as they are more than deserving of this scholarship. We are so
 thankful to the Posse Foundation for giving these two future leaders an
 amazing opportunity. The entire TF North community is excited to see
 Jesus and Michelle excel in college and beyond.”

The Posse Foundation partners with select colleges and universities and strives to expand the 
pool from which their partner schools recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse
 backgrounds. In addition to scholarships, Posse Scholars receive resources and support such as 
pre-collegiate training, on-campus mentorship, job opportunities, and more. In 2010, President
 Obama donated a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award to the Posse Foundation.

Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond, District 215 superintendent, said, “I am so proud that Michelle and
 Jesus will be representing District 215 and their communities as Posse Scholars at their 
respective universities. This is an incredible accomplishment for these scholars.”

TF North High School is located at 755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL.

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