The Chicago Cubs are not the only team on a winning streak this year; not one, but two Lake View High School students were recently selected as Chicago Cubs Scholars. Juniors Eva Martinez and Jacqueline Escobar will be honored as Chicago Cubs Scholars at a special ceremony at Wrigley Field next September.
Launching in 2013, the Chicago Cubs Scholars program awards $20,000 in scholarships to each deserving high school student. In order to win, Jacqueline and Eva competed against other city-wide scholars in the process which included essays and multi-round interviews. While the leadership skills of the Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, have brought a tremendous amount of excitement to the Northside, Eva and Jacqueline’s leadership skills clearly impressed the selection committee.
Eva Martinez was thrilled at her selection. The three-sport athlete and flutist attributed her award to the passion, motivation, and leadership gained as a student athlete and musician. “This year I grew as a leader after being nominated as captain of the water polo team,” she stated. “It forced me to consider everyone’s perspective and help guide my teammates to a common goal.” Eva’s passion for athletics and time management skills are evident every spring as she competes in both water polo and track while balancing Advanced Placement courses alongside her music practice. Eva’s water polo coach and LVHS teacher, Mary O’Connor, commented, “Eva is beyond deserving of the Cubs Scholarship. She is a true example of what it means to be a student-athlete.”
Similar to Eva, Jacqueline credits her experience as a Lake View student-athlete in shaping her as a person. While taking AP Psychology this year, Jacqueline learned of the different coping mechanisms humans use for stress and trauma. She now has her sights set on being a doctor in a high-need area of the city in order to help others cope with their physical and mental needs. “Part of the reason I love running so much,” Jacqueline stated, “Is because it allows me to clear my mind. I spend a lot of time and energy on school, and running allows me to relieve stress.” Not only has cross country and track helped Jacqueline free her mind, but Jacqueline’s coach, Katherine Cervenka, has noticed Jacqueline’s leadership skills improve. Coach Cervenka shared, “Jacqueline has always been the type of person to lead by example. We always coach our freshmen to follow her lead academically and athletically.”
As Cubs Scholars, Eva and Jacqueline will receive a four-year college scholarship of $5,000 per year upon their enrollment to a four-year college or university. In addition, the Cubs Scholars will participate in Cubs College Prep throughout their senior year of high school and into college. Cubs College Prep partners each Cubs Scholar with a Cubs Front Office Associate mentor who will work with them through their senior year and in their transition to college. Students in the Chicago Scholars program have a 95% college graduation rate.
Erin Howell, Lake View’s College and Career Coach, was equally thrilled with Eva and Jacqueline’s award. “We are on a winning streak with Cubs Scholars and winners the past four years,” Howell said. “The fact that the Cubs selected two students shows how impressed they were with Eva and Jacqueline’s interviews.” While Eva and Jacqueline made history by becoming the only school to have two students chosen as Cubs Scholars in the same year, both are hoping that the Cubs can make history of their own this year by winning the World Series. Go! Cubs! Go!