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The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Awards recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards. This year's recipients will be recognized during a luncheon on Saturday, April 28, 2018.


Nominations and applications for the 2018 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted.  The deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018. 


About the Distinguished Senior Awards

Award Criteria

To apply for this honor, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2018.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.

2018 Award Selection and Presentation

Twenty-five recipients were chosen and will be recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The 2018 recipients are: Ryan Alderman, Greenville, IL, Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Emmanuel Ayiku, Dolton, IL, Public Relations; Maria Baldwin, Toluca, IL, Public Relations; Megan Cooper, Dixon, IL, Biological Sciences; Rebecca Duke, Geneva, IL, Foreign Languages; Brianna Eggebrecht, Mount Prospect, IL, Special Education; Josey Fioretto, Poplar Grove, IL, Family and Consumer Sciences; Madeleine Gillman, Streator, IL, English; Xarles Holt, Paris, IL, Biological Sciences; Allison Koch, Okaville, IL, Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Jordan McLaren, Granite City, IL, Health Studies; Jennifer Reid, Mattoon, IL, Elementary Education; Valerie Rosen, Mahomet, IL, Economics; Emily Schmidt, Pinckneyville, IL, Special Education; Cassandra Shaffer, Mattoon, IL, Biological Sciences; Jaclyn Shan, Olney, IL, Accounting; Anna Vaughan, Danville, IL, Art History; Lacey Viano, Channahon, IL, Dietetics; Angelica Villanueva, Lake Bluff, IL, Art: Teacher Education; Meghan Vinson, Penfield, IL, Special Education; Allison Vogt, Teutopolis, IL, Middle Level Education; Cassidy Webb, Charleston, IL, Sociology; Mariah Weghorst, Pekin, IL, Elementary Education; Joseph Winkler, Charleston, IL, Sociology; Eric Woolley, Camargo, IL, Management

2017 Recipients

 2017 Distinguished Seniors

Left to right—front row: Maralea Negron, Katie Price, Greta Dieter, Kelsie Abolt, Brittany Jones, Alexis Garner, Yuan Yuan; middle row: Larissa Kmetz, Jennifer Mazurkiewicz, Baylee Dibble, Kharis Campanano, Paxson Menard, Leon Mire; back row: Catelin Witt, Greg Rogers, Lucas Johnson, Austin Parrish, Nathan Gayheart, Riley McInerney, and president of the Alumni Association board of directors, Terry Prillaman ’81. Not pictured: Bryn Buckwalter, Rachel Garippo, Ruth Garippo, Ivy Handley, Megan Ivey, and Molly Newland.