Tinley Park teen a Carson scholar
BY CHERYL DANGEL BARTOLINI Correspondent August 23, 2013 3:48PM
Eric Deasy, a junior at Tinley Park High School, was just named a Carson Scholar and received a $1000 scholarship. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 27, 2013 6:02AM
Eric Deasy has just returned to Tinley Park High School as a junior, standing a little taller and feeling considerably more confident than in previous years.
His boost of confidence came about as a result of learning in the spring that he was named a 2013 Carson Scholar as a sophomore. He received a scholarship for $1,000 and a medal to commemorate the achievement.
The Carson Scholars Fund is named for Dr. Benjamin Carson, who was the first man to successfully separate Siamese twins. It awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades four to 11 who excel academically and help serve their communities. School principals nominate one student with a grade-point average of at least 3.75 and who is dedicated to community service.
Chosen as Tinley Park High School’s nominee, Deasy had to write two essays. One was on the responsibilities of high school students in today’s society and the second debated the difference between his generation and others and how that difference impacts his country and his ultimate career choices later in life.
“I did it with a lot of brainstorming and asking other people their thoughts,” said Deasy, 16, who lives in Tinley Park.
“I think the biggest difference between my generation and those that have come before it is the access to information we have with the Internet,” said Deasy, who wants to become a high school teacher or college professor. “It is like I wrote in my essay, if I go into teaching, I’ll have access to so much information with the Internet that it will be easier than ever to share that information and have students access it as well.”
Five hundred students from schools across the United States received the award.
“Knowing I was one of those 500 made me really proud,” Deasy said.
Also proud were his parents, Brian Deasy, of Darien, and Loriann Volin, of Tinley Park.
Deasy said his mother helped him get where he is today.
“She always pushes me to be my best and keeps me well-balanced,” he said. “She says not everything is academic or social.”
His friend, Molly Brennan, a fellow junior at Tinley Park High School, also inspires him.
“Molly is the kindest person I ever met and she balances everything — academics, social life and athletics,” he said. “Plus, a lot of my teachers have pushed me to be my best and taught me a lot of skills.”
Embarking on his junior year, Deasy is ready to take on new challenges. Last year, he was in the spring play, and he likely will rejoin the drama group. He also works on the school newspaper and was a freshman and sophomore leader. He plans on signing up for Scholastic Bowl and wants to be a peer mediator again this year, too.
If he pursues a career in education, he’ll be in good company.
“I come from a family of educators,” he said.
His mother teaches fifth-grade, and his sister, Kimberly, 21, is attending Lewis University to become an elementary school teacher.
Until he heads off for college, he plans to stay focused on the day-to-day happenings in high school and try his best to remember the teachings of his mother.
“What my mom wants me to do is always ringing in the back of my head. I don’t want to be just the good guy that gets scholarships, but the nice guy who is open to everything — suggestions, talking to new people and trying new things,” he said.