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RHS-North Tech Senior to be Honored with Rosemary Zander Award

Lillian Evans

Congratulations to Lillian Evans, a senior at both Ritenour High School and North Tech High School, who has been named a 2024 Special School District (SSD) Rosemary Zander Award winner! She will be honored at the SSD Inspiring Futures ceremony on May 9.

“Lillian embodies the character attributes of perseverance, hard work, and humility. Despite a great personal loss and the upheaval it brought to her life, she maintained an unwavering dedication to her education, earning straight A's and High Honor Roll recognition while working full-time to support herself. Her commitment to learning extended to her junior year, where she excelled in her Web and Computer Programming class, displaying an inquisitive approach to learning. She has proven her intention to succeed by dedicating additional work toward earning certifications, participating in Skills USA, and taking on leadership roles at school. With acceptance offers from several universities, Lillian's future is bright as she pursues a degree in computer science. Her story will serve as an inspiration to countless others.” - Krista Sherman, Social Worker, North Tech High School

In addition to taking college-level courses at Ritenour High School, Evans has earned several computer certifications at North Tech in HTML, CSS and Python. She plans to attend Berea College in Berea, Ky., to study computer science with the intention of becoming a software developer and high school teacher.

Evans has maintained a 4.0 GPA while juggling a full schedule of academics at both schools, participating in extracurricular activities and holding a part time job. Evans had been active in the RHS science club for two years, and was the manager of the cheer team this year. She also works approximately 25 hours a week at Walgreens. 

Many say Evans’ positive attitude is contagious and has not let some significant challenges and personal loss prevent her from achieving her goals.

“Lillian is very humble about her accomplishments and approaches every day with gratitude, said Shauna Cunningham, an RHS counselor. “She is an incredibly talented and intelligent young woman.”