Santa Clara University

The Johnson Scholars Program

Margaret Ackerson '17

Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
High School: Deerfield High School
Major: Civil Engineering

Margaret Ackerson demonstrated sincere service and leadership commitment through her involvement in her school and larger community as a retreat leader, youth group member, and participant in volunteer activities through her church. She received a 2012 Service to the Community award from the Deerfield Optimist Club. Margaret was recognized for her exceptional academic promise as a "Commended Student" in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, where she placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition. She was a member of the Spanish Honors Society, and was a gold medalist in the National Spanish Examination administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, scoring in the 97th percentile nationally. Margaret was also a two-year captain of her volleyball club and competed in regional and national tournaments at the Junior Olympic level.