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State recognition

May 6, 2021 – In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs kicked off a virtual campaign to highlight and celebrate the achievements and positive impact Asian and Pacific Islanders have made in Illinois and around the world. This year’s national theme for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is “Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service.”

“We are grateful for these leaders who continue to give their time, share their talents, and use their voices to improve our communities,” Frerichs said. “This is an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and commemorate the great work Asian and Pacific Islanders are doing to help our country thrive.”

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is each May. Among the individuals being honored by Frerichs is Moki Tantoco (BHS '10), for her outstanding commitment to her Illinois community. Tantoko receieved the "Outstanding Commitment in Arts and Humanity" Award. She works as the Education and Programs Manager for the National Veterans Art Museum. Click here to learn more about Moki.