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Success Story: Nichole Nevorski
Nichole Nevorski (Chesterfield Township) is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in chemistry. Her name has regularly appeared on the dean's list, and in spring of 2007 she earned a 4.0 grade point average. She was recognized for her personal initiative, success, improvement, and academic performance. In July 2007 the American Chemical Society selected her from a national pool of nominees to receive its Overcoming Challenges Award. She will receive a plaque, a $250 monetary award, and up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses to the award ceremony in Boston.
Nichole Nevorski is legally blind, diagnosed with Stargardt's disease as an adolescent. Her class assignments require a great deal of reading, often from library reference volumes with very small print. The Michigan Commission for the Blind provided her with adaptive devices and training, which allow her to read her assignments more efficiently and independently.
She currently works on fuel technology projects for the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center as a co-op chemist. She will receive her bachelor's degree in chemistry at Central Michigan University's commencement ceremony in May 2008.