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EIU announces, celebrates its 2021 distinguished seniors


Twenty-five students earn recognition for academic, community commitments

(Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University recently announced its 2021 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 or have already graduated in the 2021 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:

  • Paul Abraham; B.S. in Health Administration; Champaign, IL
  • Sidney Abrams; B.S. in Health Administration; Richton Park, IL
  • Kofi Bazzell-Smith; B.A. in Art; Champaign, IL
  • Emily Bernard; B.S. in Health Promotion; Crete, IL
  • Jaida Brockman; B.MUS. in Music; Mattoon, IL
  • Keyaunna Bunch; B.A. in English; Calumet Park, IL
  • Taylor Comer; B.A. in Sociology; Antioch, IL
  • Katherine Gallaher; B.S.Ed. in Special Education; Belleville, IL
  • Ashley Gilmore; B.S. in Exercise Science; Freeburg, IL
  • Sarah Gompers; B.S. in Biological Sciences; Fairview Heights, IL
  • Brittany Hebeda; B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education; Minooka, IL
  • Emily Hedgpeth; B.S.Ed in Special Education; Vandalia, IL
  • Chloe Irish; B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education; De Pere, WI
  • Noor-ul-Haash Khamisani; B.A. in English; Hyderabad, India
  • Everett Lau; S. in Geography; Paris, IL
  • Jaime Marcos; B.S. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies; Chicago, IL
  • Shelby Martell; B.S in Neuroscience; Galesburg, MI
  • Faith Morris; B.A. in Public Relations; Metcalf, IL
  • Mariah Mosberger; B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education; Mount Carmel, IL
  • Lyndsey Mulvey; B.A. in Sociology; Dundas, IL
  • Nathan Myers; B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Aurora, IL
  • Danielle Redmond; S.Ed. in Dual Elementary Education Special Education; Minooka, IL
  • Justin Richards; S. in Digital Media Technology; Oblong, IL            
  • Ashlee Robinson; B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education; Glen Carbon, IL
  • Erin Zurek; B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences; Lisle, 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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