BYRON, IL - Exelon's Byron Generating Station awarded scholarships to five local high school graduates for their impressive efforts during the 2011-12 school year.
Kristen Goetzka and Erin Mandzen of Stillman Valley High School, Anthony Antoine and Maisie Mahoney of Oregon High School and Austin Deets of Byron High School were all chosen by their respective school's faculty to receive the Byron Station scholarships.
"Exelon and Byron Generating Station are honored to award local students with these scholarships to help in their continued education," said Byron Site Vice President Tim Tulon. "We hope our gesture helps them in all of their future endeavors."
Goetzka will study biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and declare a pre-medicine concentration. The National Honor Society inductee graduated at the top of her class while also playing soccer and keeping active in her church youth group and many community service projects. Mandzen will attend the University of Iowa and study physical therapy. She was on the cheerleading, basketball and softball teams at Stillman Valley, helping the basketball team to a third-place finish at state this year.
Antoine will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study computer engineering. He received the Scholastic Achievement Award and participated in baseball, robotics and academic bowl. Maisie will attend Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in bio-medical engineering and will participate on the track team. She was named to the IHSA All-State Academic Team, is a member of the National Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar.
Deets will study agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois. During his time at Byron High School, Austin participated in many sports, clubs and activities. He was named the WYSE team State Champion in biology.
Byron Generating Station is active in the surrounding communities. We salute these students and wish them well in their future endeavors.
With both units at full power, the site produces almost 2,300 megawatts net, enough electricity for 2.3 million homes. Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.