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Submitted photo Christina Richardson of Spring Valley gives a poster presentation titled “Fair Trade Certification: Analysis of the Qualifying Process Through Coffee Farmers in Guatemala” at North Central College’s 17th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
Being involved in a variety of student organizations, excelling in academics and putting on a fundraiser for autistic children is only a short list of accomplishments for Christina Richardson of Spring Valley, who was recognized as North Central College’s Outstanding Senior Woman.
Richardson was presented with the award at North Central College’s Annual Honors Convocation on May 13. One female and one male are nominated to represent the class.
“I got votes from organizations all over campus; it was pretty cool,” Richardson said.
“It was pretty emotional,” Christine’s mom, Michele Richardson, said about the ceremony. “We are so proud,” she added.
The award is given to a female student based on her successes in the classroom, her involvement and contributions to the campus and community as well as her future potential.
“After hearing all the accomplishments of the other students, I was sitting there thinking there is no way they are going to call me,” Richardson said about receiving the award.
Richardson will graduate June 14 with a degree in accounting and finance.
Richardson has been a mentor for first year students, an accounting tutor, in the Student Accounting Society, serving as president, the leadership development co-curricular group, LEVerage and the Blue Key Honor Society.
She credits most of her leadership experience to the Student Governing Association.
“I found my sweet spot in the finance committee,” she said.
For the past two years she has acted as the student comptroller being held responsible for handling money for a number of student organizations.
“She is Type A all the way,” Michele Richardson commented while talking about her daughter’s accomplishments.
“Christina is by far the ‘perfect’ student and role model to her peers,” said Sarah Lureau, assistant professor of accounting.
Reaching outside of North Central’s campus community in Naperville, she has visited New Orleans and Guatemala. Her 2014 undergraduate research poster presentation focused on her study in Guatemala and fair trade certification for coffee farmers there.
Recently, Richardson contributed to a panel discussion with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that addressed student loan debt.
Her future is looking just as bright as her academic career thus far. In the fall, she will pursue a master’s degree in accounting science at Northern Illinois University where she also will work as a teaching assistant. She plans to begin working as a tax accountant at EY, formerly Ernst & Young, in 2015.