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EIU Announces, Celebrates its 2018 Distinguished Seniors


Twenty-five students earn recognition for academic, community commitment

Eastern Illinois University has announced its 2018 Distinguished Senior Award recipients.

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 recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards. Recipients must be planning to graduate in the 2018 calendar year and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

This year, EIU recognized 25 recipients of the award, presented by the EIU Alumni Association, during an on-campus luncheon in late April. Those Distinguished Seniors include:

  • 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
  • Xarles Holt, Paris, IL
    Biological Sciences
  • Allison Koch, Okawville, IL
    Kinesiology and Sports Studies
  • Jordan McLaren, Granite City, IL
    Health Studies
  • Jennifer Reid, Mattoon, IL
    Elementary Education
  • Valerie Rosen, Mahomet, IL
  • Emily Schmidt, Pinckneyville, IL
    Special Education
  • Cassandra Shaffer, Mattoon, IL
    Biological Sciences
  • Jaclyn Shan, Olney, IL
  • Anna Vaughan, Danville, IL
    Art History
  • Lacey Viano, Channahon, IL
  • 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
  • Mariah Weghorst, Pekin, IL
    Elementary Education
  • Joseph Winkler, Charleston, IL
  • Eric Woolley, Camargo, IL

“Through their efforts in and out of the classroom, these students represent and demonstrate EIU’s commitment to creating responsible citizens and leaders,” said Steve Rich, assistant vice president for Advancement at EIU. “We’re proud to recognize their accomplishments as Eastern students, and to celebrate their achievements and involvement in the regional and local communities they serve.”



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