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North Park Alumnae Receive High Honors

English and Balsam on graduation day

CHICAGO (June 26, 2007) - At the June 9 Commencement ceremony held at Rush Medical School, two North Park alumnae were awarded with high honors for their academic achievements. Ashley Balsam C’2003 and Joy English C’2001, who also had been roommates during their time as students at Rush, graduated in the top five percent of their class. In addition, both women were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, for which undergraduate membership is extended to medical students who show the most promise of becoming leaders in the field of medicine, and were honored with the Isabella Coler Herb, M.D., Award for Outstanding Achievement, given to women who graduate in the top ten percent of their class and who demonstrate promise to impact the field of medicine. Balsam was one of two outstanding senior medical students selected by the medical staff to receive the Rush University Medical Center Medical Staff Prize for Clinical Excellence.

English is currently at Washington University, where she is beginning an internship in emergency medicine, and Balsam is at the University of Minnesota, where she has begun an internship in internal medicine and pediatrics.

According to Balsam, it was the education she received at North Park that gave her the background she needed to do well and succeed in medical school, stating that it is “[the North Park faculty’s] time and dedication that should be applauded.”