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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 29, 2017.

The deadline for nominations and applications for the 2017 Distinguished Senior Awards has passed.

2017 Recipients

The 2017 Distinguished Senior Award recipients have been announced! Distinguished Seniors for 2017 include:

Kelsie Abolt \ Family and Consumer Sciences \ Charleston, IL

Bryn Buckwalter \ Recreation Administration \ Freeport, IL

Kharis Campanano \ Psychology \ Aurora, IL 

Baylee Dibble \ Special Education \ Plainfield, IL 

Greta Dieter \ Political Science \ Oswego, IL 

Rachel Garippo \ Health Administration \ Roselle, IL 

Ruth Garippo \ Accounting \ Roselle, IL 

Alexis Garner \ Family and Consumer Sciences \ Mt. Carmel, IL 

Nathan Gayheart \ Chemistry Teacher Education  \ Penfield, IL 

Ivy Handley \ Special Education \ Decatur, IL 

Megan Ivey \ Journalism \ Belleville, IL 

Lucas Johnson \ Political Science \ Orion, IL 

Brittany Jones \ Biological Sciences \ Bolingbrook, IL 

Larissa Kmetz \ Sociology \ Peru, IL 

Jennifer Mazurkiewicz \ Special Education \ Norridge, IL 

Riley McInerney \ Kinesiology and Sports Studies \ Charleston, IL 

Paxson Menard \ Sociology \ Popular Grove, IL 

Leon Mire \ Philosophy \ Mattoon, IL 

Maralea Negron \ Political Science\ Foreign Languages \ Elgin, IL

Molly Newland \ Special Education \ South Elgin, IL 

Austin Parrish \ Biological Sciences \ Anderson, IN

Katie Price \ Special Education \ Dawson, IL 

Greg Rogers \ Kinesiology and Sports Studies \ Collinsville, IL 

Cateline Witt \ Political Sciences \ Communication \ Carlinville, IL 

Yuan Yuan \ Finance \ Beijing, China

2016 Recipients

 2016 Recipients

Front Row L: Kayla Owens, Victoria Quarton, Zoe Roberts, Angela Engebretson, Amanda Krch, Amie Hansen, Helen Plevka

Middle Row L: Mallory Kowaleski, Stephanie Wallace, Jaime Escatel, Sarah Wirtz, Ashley Renkor, Rajae White

Back Row L: President Glassman, Joann Wakefield, Nick Smith, Robert Skolik, Kyle Callender, Daniel Webster, Kaitlyn Lacy, Tom DuBois

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 2017.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.

Award Selection and Presentation

Up to 25 recipients will be chosen and recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 29, 2017. More information will be sent to those selected the second week in April.