North Central College - Naperville, IL

John Daniels '69

John Daniels will receive the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Black MBA Association. He is chairman of the national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP. “It is truly satisfying to be counted among such brilliant and accomplished people, who have set such high standards within the business community,” said Daniels.

John Bradley '59

John Bradley is one of the directors of the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The program has introduced thousands of minority students to careers in medicine, dentistry and other health professions. Passionately involved in civil rights, Bradley participated in the March on Washington in 1963. Working behind the scenes, he witnessed the great attention to detail necessary in coordinating tens of thousands of people. “The March on Washington and others taught me so much about organizing,” he said.

Charles Lee '57

Charles Lee is the author of “The Threat from Within.” The thriller tells how an Eastern European research institute, intent on eliminating America as a world superpower, developed the means to attack and destroy the mental capacity of American teenagers via cell phone radiation. He is also the author of the book “The Adventures of Ickle, Packy, Pickle and Gooch.” After graduating from North Central, Lee earned his master’s degree in mass communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Lowell “Bud” Berger '48

Lowell “Bud” Berger was honored in February as an inductee into Naperville Central High School’s (NCHS) first Hall of Fame class. Berger began his teaching career at NCHS in 1951 and retired in 1985. He taught physical education and coached the track and cross country teams, serving as head track coach for 15 years. Under his leadership as head coach, NCHS won 13 straight track and field conference championships. Berger introduced cross country to NCHS and under his leadership built a record of 140 wins, 17 losses and nine consecutive conference championships.

Kayla Schmidt '13

Kayla Schmidt is working at a pet day care called Paws in Time located in West Chicago, IL.

Emily Jewison '13

Emily Jewison landed a backstage role at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with “The Jungle Book,” a world premier musical based on Disney’s animated movie. She started as a stage management intern and was hired as a young performer supervisor when the show began previews in June. Coincidentally, the other young performer supervisor was fellow alum Kate Cora Clark ’08. The pair helped Mowgli and Little Girl into their costumes, supervised them during the show and met their parents at the end of the evening.

Quinton Hoffert '13

Quinton Hoffert was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Languages Scholarship, which funded a special intensive language program at Suzhou University in Jiangsu, China. He will continue a two-year study of Chinese at Beijing Foreign Studies University this fall and return to the United States to complete a master’s degree in a Chinese translation program.

Danielle Fiala '13

Danielle Fiala was named the inaugural head lacrosse coach at Wartburg College, which begins competition in women’s lacrosse in the spring 2015 season. “I immediately became interested due to the Division III atmosphere,” she said. “Being a student first and an athlete second is something I enjoyed and am very comfortable with due to my time at North Central.” Fiala led North Central in scoring during her last three lacrosse seasons and is the program’s all-time career leader in goals, assists, shot attempts and ground controls.

Hannah Brock '13

Hannah Brock and Kevin Murphy started hiking across the Appalachian Mountains from Maine on June 12. Brock is a Jackson, GA, native and Murphy lives in Glen Ellyn, IL. A daily journal of Brock’s excursion on the Appalachian Trail is posted at

Kitt Vanderwater '12

Kitt Vanderwater was selected to join British Airways’ UnGrounded “Hack at 30,000 feet” in June by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) through its Aspirations in Computing talent development initiative.

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