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  • Welcome: Katie Berger, Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Jakob Bachhausen '22, Student Council President
  • Opening Remarks: Dr. Evan M. Glazer, President
  • Opening Remarks: Dr. Comfort Akwaji-Anderson, Principal and Chief Academic Officer
  • Featured Musical Selection: "Miniature Viennese March" performed by Neil Wary '18
  • Keynote Address: Lacey Thomas '08
  • Closing Remarks: Dr. Comfort Akwaji-Anderson, Principal and Chief Academic Officer

Guest Biographies

LACEY THOMAS ‘08: Lacey Thomas ‘08, has given back to IMSA in a multitude of ways. She has served on the IMSA admissions review team, volunteered with mentorship programs and has contributed to the development of culturally, linguistically, economically and diverse (CLED) students at IMSA. Lacey has volunteered her time to ensure that CLED students have a positive self-identity by sharing her struggles and accomplishments as a CLED student at IMSA and now as a professional. Her many contributions include Admissions Review Committee member, Girls IN2 STEM Mentor, supporter of Harambe and IMSA Carnival, guest speaker and panelist. Lacey was honored as the 2019 Alumni Titan Award winner for her service to the IMSA Community. She currently sits on the leadership team of the newly chartered IMSA Black Alumni Association. Lacey also sits on the Illinois Advisory Board for SMASH Academy, a 3-year college preparatory program that provides high school students in underserved communities with intensive STEM education. Lacey is a food scientist who spends her time creating innovative and delicious products for a variety of customers. She originally started with pasta sauces, and most recently developed pizzas for retail and restaurant chains. When she is not playing with her food, she bakes desserts, and credits IMSA with igniting her love of baking.

NEIL WARY ‘18: Neil Wary ‘18 is a senior at Stanford University pursuing degrees in Human Biology, Music, and Epidemiology and Clinical Research. He is a violinist in the Stanford Orchestras and studies violin with Dr. Joo-Mee Lee. As a music instructor and a free clinic manager, Neil deeply cares about community service. At IMSA, he was a violinist in IMSA’s orchestras, the Illinois Honors All-State Orchestras, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), and a member of Mr. Michael Hining’s violin studio. Neil was an avid fan of Sodexo’s baked potatoes and cookie bake.



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