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Spotlight on Elizabeth Cerkez, Class of 2005

Elizabeth Cerkez, Chopticon Class of 2005, is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Environmental Chemistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She recently had an article published in the February 6, 2015 edition of the Environmental Science & Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society.  The American Chemical Society will only accept original work which does not duplicate previous research efforts.

According to the Temple University website, Elizabeth is a graduate student working in the Strongin group in the Department of Chemistry.  Elizabeth was awarded the Certificate of Merit award for her first presentation at the 244th ACS National Meeting in the Environmental Chemistry Division.  Her presentation was judged to be outstanding for material content and manner of presentation toward the efforts to better understand and protect the environment.  She is also the recipient of the Guy F. Allen Memorial Award which is given annually to outstanding Teaching Assistants in Chemistry for their excellence in teaching.  Elizabeth has taught Honors General Chemistry Laboratory I and II at Temple University.

Elizabeth graduated from Chopticon High School in 2005.  She earned numerous academic awards at Chopticon and was a member of the 2005 Regional Champion Girls Lacrosse team, editor of the Chopticon yearbook in 2004 and 2005, and was a member of the National Honor Society.  Elizabeth received several scholarship offers and accepted the LaSalle University Founders Scholarship.  She graduated with honors from LaSalle University with a B.A. in Chemistry and Bio Chemistry in 2009.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Paul and Monica Cerkez of Mechanicsville, Maryland.  Mrs. Monica Cerkez teaches art at Chopticon High School.