Vershawn Hansen

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Class of 2020

Growing up in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, Vershawn was surrounded by the violent deaths and imprisonment of his friends. Vershawn chose, instead, to attend a selective-enrollment high school after realizing “no one possesses the power to control my life but me”. There, he forged a path of leadership, becoming the first African-American National Honor Society president at his high school. His natural leadership abilities made a lasting impact on his school community, with one teacher noting, “Vershawn is one of those rare students who embodies the spirit of a building, who fills the halls and classrooms with his presence. A student whose presence alters and benefits the communities he is in.”
Vershawn hopes to make a big impact in his family and his community through a career in the pharmacy industry. After completing pharmacy technician training at the age of 16, he sought a part-time job at a pharmacy to support his family and launch his career.