Illinois Global Scholars Student Speakers

Mahie Gopalka is a first-year student at Northwestern University. She is currently studying Cognitive Science on the pre-medical track. Her project was focused on the nature of possession states in India and their connection to both mental illness and the Hindu religion.

Jonah Klein-Collins is a senior at Naperville Central High School. His project addresses the dilemma of how to resolve the Syrian refugee education crisis in Jordan. Jonah has not yet committed but plans to study at a four-year university next year. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.

Katherine Krupincka is a senior at Naperville Central High School. Her capstone project was centered around adolescent suicide in South Korea. She investigated the best ways to address the issue and ultimately created a mental health PSA video to be shared across social media. After high school, she plans to double major in accounting and international business, though hasn’t yet decided on a college.

Laasya Poola is a senior at Naperville Central High School. Her project topic is sustainable structures of foreign aid in Haiti. After high school, she plans to attend the University of Chicago to study economics.


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