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EIU announces its 2020 Distinguished Seniors


Twenty-five students earn recognition for academic, community commitments

(Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University recently announced its 2020 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 2020 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. Those Distinguished Seniors included:

  • Halee Barker; BS Special Education; Chicago Ridge, IL
  • Brooke Bayles; BS Special Education; Flora, IL
  • Katy Bridges; BS Biochemistry; Wapella, IL
  • Siera Carpenter; BA English; Hanover Park, IL
  • Claire Conrady; BS Communication Disorders and Sciences; Lincoln, IL
  • Dakota Crowder; BS Early Childhood Education; Charleston, IL
  • Lindy Dokken; BA Psychology; Rockford, IL
  • Leslie Drueke; BS Fashion Merchandising and Design; Highland, IL
  • Chanda Dulal; BS Computer Science and Mathematics; Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Megan Evans; BA Psychology; double major in Communication Studies; Litchfield, IL
  • David Frye; BS in Environmental and Physical Geography; Tuscola, IL
  • Alexa Gallione; BS Special Education; Naperville, IL
  • Gloria Gonzales; BS Biological Sciences: Environmental Biology; Greenfield, IN
  • Carson Gordon; BA Political Science; Mattoon, IL
  • Benjamin Hahn; BS Biological Sciences; Germantown Hills, IL
  • Maya Hunter; BA Political Science; double major in World Languages and Cultures; Charleston, IL
  • Sophia Keith; BA Psychology; Du Quoin, IL
  • Logan Klepzig; BA Political Science; Charleston, IL
  • Sienna Mark; BS Health Administration; BSB Management; Salmon, ID
  • Haley Mitchell; BA Psychology; Woodland Hills, CA
  • Haley Pierce; BS Special Education; Lockport, IL
  • Natalia Rivera; BS Special Education; Arlington Heights, IL
  • Imani Ryan; BS Family and Consumer Sciences; Lansing, IL
  • Amber Salutric; BS Communication Disorders and Sciences, BA Foreign Languages; Lockport, IL
  • Victoria Wilson; BS Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Teacher Education; Toledo, IL

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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