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 Award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards.
To apply for this honor, students must meet the following criteria:
Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.
Twenty-five recipients were chosen for the 2021 awards.
In alphabetical order, this year’s recipients include Paul Abraham a health administration major from Champaign; Sidney Abrams a health administration major from Richton Park; Kofi Bazzell-Smith an art major from Champaign; Emily Bernard a health promotion major from Crete; Jaida Brockman a music major from Mattoon; Keyaunna Bunch an English major from Calumet Park; Taylor Comer a sociology major from Antioch; Katherine Gallaher a special education major from Belleville; Ashley Gilmore an exercise science major from Freeburg; Sarah Gompers a biological sciences major from Fairview Heights; Brittany Hebeda an elementary education major from Minooka; Emily Hedgpeth a special education major from Vandalia; Chloe Irish an early childhood education major from De Pere, Wis.; Noor-ul-Haash Khamisani an English major from Hyderabad, India; Everett Lau a geography major from Paris; IllJaime Marcos a kinesiology and sport studies major from Chicago; Shelby Martell a neuroscience major from Galesburg, Mich.; Faith Morris a public relations major from Metcalf; Mariah Mosberger an elementary education major from Mount Carmel; Lyndsey Mulvey a sociology major from Dundas; Nathan Myers a kinesiology and sports studies major from Aurora; Danielle Redmond a dual elementary education and special education major from Minooka; Justin Richards a digital media technology major from Oblong; Ashlee Robinson an early childhood education major from Glen Carbon; and Erin Zurek a communication disorders and sciences major from Lisle.