Marcy Peters, a graduate of Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School, Class of 2009
As a student at Vaughn High School, Marcy won an internship with Access Living. Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. They foster pride, dignty and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhance the options available to them so that they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles. www.accessliving.org At Access Living, two of Marcy's supervisors encouraged her to become involved with organizations that are affiliated with them. She was the peer mentor for a group of young adult women. As such, she ran the meetings and organized their outings. Marcy also attended a rally in Chicago to support the elimination of I.Q. scores as a college admission requirement. In November of 2010, Marcy presented her own seven page Power Point program entitled DisabledEtiquette at the "Speak Up and Speak Out" seminar in Springfield, Illinois. In a letter to Dr. Rusty Burnette, Principal of Vaughn High School, Bertha Peters, Marcy's mother stated that she believed that Marcy's ability to accomplish what she has is the result of the caring education that she received from the staff of Vaughn High School. Marcy's supervisors at Access Living are very proud that Marcy has displayed such leadership and courage. Dr. Burnette and the Vaughn staff have expressed their pride in Marcy's accomplishments and know that she will continue to achieve whatever she persues. Marcy always embodied that special spark of leadership and Vaughn High School programs and staff nutured and encouraged that quality. In 2013, Marcy became a member of the Vaughn & Friends Alumni Board dedicated to creating a business to train and employ as many of our members as possible and to make our organization self-supporting. Marcy was elected Treasurer of the Vaughn & Friends Alumni organization and has served in that capacity for the past three years.
As of June 2015, Marcy is working at M Burger. She tells us that she is still in the training process but already likes the job. I'm sure that we will be hearing more about this in the months to come.
Vince at fist meeting of V&FAA
Vincent Smith, graduate of Vaughn High School, class of 2000 was born with Cerebral Palsy. Since graduating, Vincent has been advocating for the disabled of Illinois. He started by handing out flyers at Victory Gardens. There he met people who told him that he could make a difference in the lives of disabled people. He soon began working with the CTA to ensure access and considerations in public transportation. He worked with the Mayor's Office on Disabilities and participated with Best Buddies where he made life-long friends. In addition, Vincent has worked with Access Living and under their tutelage, guides high school students in Special Education classes within the Chicago Public School System. In November 2010, Vincent participated in the "Speak Up Speak Out" Seminar held in Springfield, Illinois. Over the past ten years, Vincent has participated in, led and followed in hundreds of rallies, seminars, councils and conferences to improve living conditions for people like himself. He was recently honored when Governor Quinn appointed him to The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. The council works on problems of housing, education, training, health care, transportation and more that adversely effects the disabled in our community. You can find Vincent on Facebook. He would love to hear from his old school mates and from any person needing help with the problems of the disabled.
Marvin Ramsey, class of 2005 was hired by Grasmere Place, a long term Nursing Facility located at 4621 No. Sheridan Rd., in Chicago in January 2011. He learned about the job from someone who worked there. He cooked, did clean-up and served the residents. He loves to cook and had previously earned his State of Illinois Sanitation worker license. He credits Mr. Murray, the Culinary Arts teacher at Vaughn, with guiding him toward his goal. . Marvin always wanted to get a job cooking and has taken classes and worked hard to reach that goal. In the fall of 2014 Marvin graduated from Cordon Bleu and will be interning at Disney World in Florida for the next three months. As of June 2015, Marvin has informed us that he is working at Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois. He will be going back to Florida in July for his second internship at Disney Culinary program at Walt DisneyWorld Resort. His success proves that you can get what you want if you work hard and refuse to give up. Congratulations Marvin !
9/16/2015: We learned today that Marvin has been accepted by Kendall College for a Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts. He starts in January 2016
Keith Michael Tyler:10/27/84 to 7/19/16
To our brother, classmate, friend and mentor,
We will miss you. You were a special soul on this earth and we were truly fortunate to have you in our lives. Until we meet again, we will remember your huge smile, your echoing laugh, the many funny thoughts we shared and all the times you challenged us to do better; to do our best!