May 16, 2012—Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Zimmerman is a senior majoring in physical education K-12, with minors in secondary education, health education and wellness. She is the daughter of Todd and Susan Zimmerman and a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.
Zimmerman plans to student-teach in the fall, graduate from North Central in December and pursue a full-time teaching position.
As a student, she played flute with the College’s Concert Winds ensemble and was selected as featured soloist during the ensemble’s final performance of its 2009-2010 season. She served as president of Cardinals In Action, a student-run organization whose members perform community service activities. She was a dean’s list scholar and active with Focus, a weekly student-led worship service.
She has competed with North Central’s women’s cross country and track and field teams. Zimmerman earned Academic All-College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) honors in each of the past three seasons and has finished in the top 10 at the CCIW Championships in each of the past two years to earn All-CCIW honors and lead the Cardinals to back-to-back conference titles.
“North Central College has helped me accomplish my goals, pursue my dreams and prepare me for life in every possible way,” Zimmerman says. “After graduation I look forward to continuing to serve others, being an influence in schools and communities and continuing my passion of running. I thank North Central for all that it has offered, both academically and socially.”