Emily “Em” Rademaker of Cary, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German Award and Outstanding Service to Student Life Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Rademaker is a senior majoring in German, classical civilization and sociology with minors in history and anthropology at North Central College. After graduation, she will serve in the Republic of South Africa for a 27-month assignment with the Peace Corps. She is the daughter of Dana and Linnea Rademaker and is a 2008 graduate of Cary-Grove Community High School.
She is part of North Central’s prestigious College Scholar Honors Program, which culminates with a honors thesis, and her name regularly appears on the Dean’s List. She presented her research at North Central’s 2010 and 2011 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and at the 2011 and 2012 National Conferences for Undergraduate Research.
Rademaker is president of the College’s Student Governing Association and was a senator on its finance committee. She also is treasurer for the Blue Key Honor Society. Since her sophomore year, Rademaker has served as a resident assistant and been involved in the Residence Life Association, holding leadership positions. As a junior, Rademaker was president of the Illinois Residence Hall Association and led North Central contingents to local and national residence life conferences. She previously was named the school’s Lincoln Laureate, a top honor that annually recognizes one student from each college or university in Illinois.
She has also served as a tutor in German and Latin, as a Language Resource Center lab assistant and a counselor of the Summer Language Institute, an intensive English language learning program that offers college credit. Rademaker has contributed to The Chronicle student newspaper and held the prestigious role as a student editor for the Illinois State Bar Association newsletter “In the Alternative.”
Rademaker received two Richter Independent Study Fellowships—competitive research grants awarded by the College to students who pursue large-scale undergraduate research projects. Both ventures involved travel to Germany for her projects, which served as the foundation for her honors thesis. Her thesis is a documentary film designed educate the average person on the importance of the Brothers Grimm in German culture.