Josue Pasillas

Waukegan High School, Class of 2013
Pitzer College, Class of 2017

Josue graduated from Waukegan High School in 2013 in the top three percent of a class of over 1,000 students and is now a rising sophomore at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

As a student in the College Studies Program at Waukegan High School, Josue was busy with schoolwork, but that did not stop him from committing himself to his school and his community. He interned at the school’s college and career center and volunteered with Bulldog Inc., a club that enhanced the school’s aesthetics. Josue was the vice president of the National Honor Society and the Waukegan High School Student Council. Outside of school, he was also busy cleaning up the beach with the Friends of Waukegan Beach and riding a bicycle taxi with the Waukegan Bike Project. The City of Waukegan honored Josue as the October 2012 Volunteer of the Month for his commitment to the city.

Because of his academic achievement and leadership, Josue was named a Hank Clark Student Leader, a Coalición Latinos Unidos de Lake County Scholar, a Pritzker Scholar and was awarded the Superintendent’s Leadership Award, Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s Si Se Puede Scholarship, and the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Through the Schuler Scholar Program, Josue was able to take political science courses at Stanford University, an experience that convinced Josue that he would attend college in California. At Pitzer College, Josue is pursuing a double major in Environmental Analysis and Urban Studies and minoring in Spanish.

Even while juggling the academic workload and a job in the Spanish department, Josue is deeply involved in student organizations. He was elected the First-Year Representative on the Pitzer College Student Senate, elected the treasurer of his hall council and was involved in The Claremont Colleges Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, the Latino Student Union, and the Gates Millennium Scholars at the Claremont Colleges. It is also important to note that Josue was a star on his intramural dodgeball team.

In the summer of 2014, Josue split his time between two internships. He interned at the Waukegan City Hall in the office of public relations where he assisted with the city’s outreach to the community and aided the Mayor and the Director of Communications at city council meetings and at special events. Additionally, Josue interned at the Waukegan Park District in the office of community relations where he worked on media outreach and community engagement.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Josue will be a mentor for incoming first-year students and will also serve as the Secretary on the Executive Board of the Pitzer College Student Senate.

After graduating from Pitzer College, Josue wants to continue his studies, but anybody who knows Josue knows that his life goal is to one day be the mayor of Waukegan. For campaign updates, just look up #pasillasforwaukegan on social media!

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