BRACEVILLE, Ill. (May 20, 2009) - Exelon's Braidwood Generating Station has the honor of awarding three local high school graduates with scholarships for their impressive efforts during the 2008-09 school year.
Michael Lovino of Reed Custer High School, Reuben Quesada of Wilmington High School and Michelle Ruffatti of Gardner South Wilmington High School were chosen by their schools' faculty to receive the Braidwood Station scholarships.
"These students have excelled in the classroom and have pushed themselves to new heights of success," said Braidwood Station Site Vice President Bryan Hanson. "Exelon Nuclear and Braidwood Station are proud to give these awards that will help the students in their continued education."
Lovino finished with a 3.67 grade point average and will attend the University of Illinois in the fall, studying mechanical engineering. He was a member of the concert, jazz and pep bands and also ran on the cross country and track teams. Lovino was a member of the National Honors Society and also holds the rank of Eagle Scout.
Quesada will be attending DeVry University-Tinley Park as a network and communications major. He is a two-time winner of the Mathematics Award, the Technology Award and the Music Award. Quesada was captain of the boys' soccer team and also volunteered for the VFW, the Lions Clubs and the St. Rose pancake breakfast.
Ruffatti, Gardner South Wilmington's valedictorian, will be attending North Central College in Naperville. The Illinois State Scholar also won the Illinois Principal's Association of Outstanding Students award, was the Good Citizen Essay winner from the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was the school's Girls State participant - where she joined other peers in a program that teaches students about government. In addition to her studies Michelle was an all-conference athlete competing in track, basketball and volleyball.
Braidwood Station salutes these students and wishes them well in their future academic endeavors.