Morton East Senior Earns Posse Scholar Honors

Lucero Contreras’ academic success has resulted in a new tradition for Morton High School District 201. The Morton East senior recently recevied word that she has been named one of this year’s Posse Scholars.

The Posse Foundation established its scholars program to help create a network of future leaders that aspires to make a global positive impact. With the financial backing and the pre-college training, Contreras will attend Cornell University in the fall.

Her acceptance into the elite program makes her the third straight student from Morton East to receive such honors, a very rare occasion.

“Something that resonated with me from my Posse mentors is that they say Posse is a movement, not only a scholarship,” Contreras said. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology while in Ithaca, New York, before moving on to law school. Her initial choices for graduate school are Harvard or staying at Cornell.

As a student at Morton East, Contreras served as president of the Spanish National Honor Society, earned college credit through the Advanced Placement program, and served with a vareity of non-profit organizations, including Youth Crossroads. She also founded Morton’s Animal Welfare Club and has served as a campaign assistant for the the Humane League, Mercy for Animals and the Humane Society.

“We could not be more proud of Lucero’s success,” said Jeffry Pesek, Morton 201 Board of Education president. “Her acceptance as a Posse Scholar and to Cornell continues a great tradition for all of Morton 201.”