Matthew Heinichen

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Matthew maintained excellent grades in the most rigorous courses at Signal Mountain High School (Signal Mountain, TN) and participated in varsity cross country and the YMCA Youth Leadership Program, all while working part-time to help supplement his family’s resources. He has a deeply loving relationship with his younger brother, whose heart condition has required numerous surgeries, and with whom Matthew spent time each evening before doing his homework. He received awards including the International Baccalaureate “risk taker,” for which he was nominated by Signal Mountain's faculty for his “ability to approach unfamiliar and uncertain situations with courage and forethought, for his independent spirit, bravery, and his ability to articulate and defend his beliefs.” Matthew majored in civil engineering at UIUC’s School of Engineering.

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