Hello! My name is McKayla Eaton and my father, Patrick Eaton, has been a member of Local 11 in Northern Illinois for twenty-three years. I have just received my associate in arts degree from Waubonsee Community College. This fall, I am transferring to Elmhurst University where I will be majoring in Psychology and minoring in Social Work. I also plan to go on and get a master’s in social work.

This summer I am doing an internship through the Association for Individual Development to gain experience working with clients within the social work field. I am a part of Phi Theta Kappa, Somonauk Junior Women’s Club, and NSLS. I have always tried to prioritize volunteering and have worked with places like Hesed House, Fox Valley Adult Day Service, and the LSSI Giving Tree. Music has been my passion, and after four years of high school band percussion, I decided to join my college’s concert and steel bands. I was also given the opportunity to mentor younger students and help them through their first year in college. I am so grateful for receiving OPCMIA’s scholarship and the doors it will open for me.