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EIU announces, celebrates its 2019 distinguished seniors


Twenty-five students earn recognition for academic, community commitments

[Colin Roberts contributed to this article]

(Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University recently celebrated its 2019 Distinguished Senior Award recipients.

Distinguished Seniors at EIU are senior-level students 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 2019 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 included:

  • Cassandra Berlin – Plainfield, IL
  • Samantha Boomgarden – Normal, IL
  • Kameron Browning – Mattoon, IL
  • Sarah Bryden – Jerseyville, IL
  • Ashlee Burton – Charleston, IL
  • Christina Calcagno – Philo, IL
  • Abigail Carlin – Naperville, IL
  • Joseph Carter – Woodridge, IL
  • Hope Christensen – Bettendorf, IA
  • Carlos Collins – Chicago, IL
  • Kaitlyn Ebert – Foley, AL
  • Allison Endsley – Charleston, IL
  • Jennifer Folami – University Park, IL
  • Sam Gilbert – Sandwich, IL
  • Carole Hodorowicz – Chicago, IL
  • Audrey Kupferschmid – Decatur, IL
  • Shirley Mensah – Lockport, IL
  • Claire Overland – Tinley Park, IL 
  • Ashley Parola – Mundelein, IL
  • Tara Puterbaugh – Chillicothe, IL
  • Audrey Rex – Lemont, IL
  • Aubrey Schuh – Bourbonnais, IL
  • Benjamin Shank – Rochelle, IL
  • Srishti Slaria – Pathankot, India
  • Anastasiya Vynnytska – Ukraine

For more information about EIU, or to learn more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at, or call EIU’s public information office at (217) 581-7400.



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