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Chicago Tribune highlights UW alumna selected as finalist for Golden Apple Award

March 31, 2016

The Chicago Tribune recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall as one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Golden Apple Award.

Stovall, who earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007, is an Oak Park (Ill.) and River Forest High School English teacher. She was nominated for the award by a former student.

Jessica Stovall
"They don't tell you who nominated you, but a little birdie told me it was a former student," Stovall tells the Tribune. "It really makes it special that someone really thought highly of the work and commitment I have to the classroom. It was really exciting." 

Growing up, Stovall has always wanted to be a teacher.

"I found a piece of work I did when I was a kindergartner where they asked what you wanted to be when you grew up and I said teacher," Stovall tells the newspaper. "There was one random year in high school I wanted to be a marine biologist, but aside from that year I've always wanted to be a teacher."

Stovall and the 29 finalists will be honored on April 2 at the Hilton/Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare where they will be able to share ideas and celebrate their achievements.

Near the end of April, Golden Apple will reveal the top 10 recipients who will receive tuition-free, spring quarter sabbatical to study at Northwestern University and a $5,000 cash prize. 

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