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Centennial Honors College Scholar Shealyn Annabelle Ashby (Pekin, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She is also the WIU-Macomb Convocation speaker, an Honors Scholar and will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude.
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WIU-QC Convocation Speaker Wendy C. Orman (Le Claire, IA). She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is an Honors Scholar.
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College of Arts and Sciences Scholar Sarah R. Wilcer (Iowa City, IA) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology. She is also the Biology Departmental Scholar, an Honors Scholar and she will graduate with the highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude.
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College of Business and Technology Scholar Michael Erickson Aitchison (Iowa City, IA) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics. He is also the Economics Departmental Scholar, an Honors Scholar and he will graduate with the highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude.
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College of Education and Human Services Scholar Hannah Marie Cecil (Maquon, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in recreation, park and tourism administration. She is also the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Departmental Scholar and will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude.
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College of Fine Arts and Communication Scholar Cally L. Keefauver (Astoria, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She is also the Communication Sciences and Disorders Departmental Scholar, an Honors Scholar and will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude.
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School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach Scholar Debra Kay Streeter (Peoria, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in general studies and with academic distinction, Cum Laude.
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WIU Spring 2015 College, Departmental, Honors Scholars

May 12, 2015


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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Six students participating in Western Illinois University's 2015 Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies May 15-17 in Macomb and in Moline have received the highest recognition from their colleges for their overall academic excellence by being named a College Scholar.

Two other top honorees were named the speakers for the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities Academic Honors Convocation ceremonies.

The 2 p.m. Friday, May 15 Academic Honors Convocation in Western Hall will honor College, Departmental and Honors scholars and graduates who have earned academic distinction throughout their Western Illinois University careers. Students will receive a medallion for each honor, which they wear at Commencement ceremonies. (The WIU-QC Academic Honors Convocation is set to start at noon, Sunday, May 17 at The RiverCenter, Davenport, IA. For more information about WIU's Spring 2015 Commencement Weekend, see www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=12620.)

Faculty in each of Western Illinois University's four academic colleges; the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach; and the Centennial Honors College select a graduating senior as the college's outstanding student. Students graduating as College Scholars have satisfied the criteria of excellence established by their individual academic college's faculty members. A Departmental Scholar is an outstanding degree candidate in an academic major as determined by the faculty in the major department. An Honors Scholar is a student in the Centennial Honors College who has completed a set of honors requirements and has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Approximately 10 percent of graduating seniors achieve academic distinction, which is designed as Summa Cum Laude, highest academic distinction, with a minimum grade point average of 3.90; Magna Cum Laude, high academic distinction, with a GPA of 3.75-3.89; and Cum Laude, academic distinction, with a GPA between 3.60-3.74.

Convocation Speakers

Shealyn Annabelle Ashby (Pekin, IL) is the Convocation speaker for the Macomb ceremony and will deliver her speech, "Stay Hopeful, Stay Humble." She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, and she is also the Centennial Honors College Scholar and an Honors Scholar. Wendy C. Orman (Le Claire, IA) is the convocation speaker for the WIU-QC ceremony and will deliver her speech, "Life Support." She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is an Honors Scholar.

Centennial Honors College Scholar

Shealyn Annabelle Ashby (Pekin, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She is also the WIU-Macomb Convocation speaker, an Honors Scholar and will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude. For her undergraduate honors thesis, Ashby researched the effects researcher/examiner/clinician comments and questions have on the outcome of a client's/child's speech during sample collection. She was a WIU team member in the Student College Trivia Bowl at the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association annual conference (the team placed third overall). Ashby served as the WIU Swing Dance Club president and vice president, and as a Swing Dance Club member, she volunteered and performed for senior citizens in Macomb. Through her Phi Eta Sigma service, she organized and participated in the Adopt-a-Street program. Ashby plans to attend graduate school to study in the area of speech, language and hearings sciences. She is the daughter of Melanie and Stephen Vice and Rodney Ashby.

College of Arts and Sciences Scholar

Sarah R. Wilcer (Lombard, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology. She is also the Biology Departmental Scholar, an Honors Scholar and she will graduate with the highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude. Wilcers' honors thesis was based on a study of invasive common carp in Spring Lake (near Macomb). Her research goal was to consider different management strategies for the invasive population. She was inducted into the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Honor Society in Fall 2013, and Wilcer served as the vice president (sophomore year) and president (junior and senior years) of the WIU Zoology Club. Off campus, she has helped organize the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt and the Bow Wow Bash, two events held in Macomb to raise funds for the McDonough County Animal Shelter. She has also volunteered for animal-related organizations, such as the Peoria Zoo, Willowbrook (IL) Wildlife Center, and Wildlife Prairie Park (Hanna City, IL) and Cat Guardians (Lombard, IL). She is currently employed by Campus Recreation as an equipment room attendant. Wilcer plans to attend Clemson University to pursue her master's degree in park, recreation, and tourism management. She is the daughter of Scott and Mary Ann Wilcer.

College of Business and Technology Scholar

Michael Erickson Aitchison (Iowa City, IA) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics. He is also the Economics Departmental Scholar, an Honors Scholar and he will graduate with the highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude. Aitchison is a member of the Economics Student Association at Western and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He also plays in Western's Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Off campus, he is a member of Macomb Rotaract. Aitchison plans to pursue a master's degree in public policy, and he is the son of Sue and Randall Aitchison.

College of Education and Human Services Scholar

Hannah Marie Cecil (Maquon, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in recreation, park and tourism administration. She is also the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Departmental Scholar and will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude. She is a member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and served as the programming outreach chair for Western's Mortar Board chapter. In that role, she helped with the "Dickens on the Square" event in Macomb. She is also a member of Rho Phi Lambda, the national honor fraternity for students studying parks and recreation. Cecil also served on the retention and recruitment committee for WIU's Relay for Life event, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society. In 2014, she represented Western on the student advisory board for the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, and she is an active member of the Texas Recreation and Parks Society. Cecil also completed an internship in Missouri City (TX) and volunteered for Mosaic (Macomb) while attending WIU. She is the daughter of Kyle and Staci Cecil.

College of Fine Arts and Communication Scholar

Cally L. Keefauver (Astoria, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She is also the Communication Sciences and Disorders Departmental Scholar, an Honors Scholar and will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude. She served as president of the WIU Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (WIUSSLHA) and volunteered for the Macomb Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease. Keefauver also took part in Best Buddies International, a "nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and served as the chapter president for Western's chapter. For an Undergraduate Research Day project, she presented a research study on hearing loss in marching band students, and her undergraduate thesis work involved present diagnostic methods regarding specific language impairment. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa to study speech language pathology. She is the daughter of Jeff Keefauver and Rona McCoy.

School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach Scholar

Debra Kay Streeter (Peoria, IL) will graduate with a bachelor's degree in general studies and with academic distinction, Cum Laude. Streeter has served as a Girl Scout leader since 2007, and as a volunteer at her church for more than 10 years. She has also served as the president (2008-10 and 2014-15) of her local Parent Teacher Organization. She has worked in the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services for more than 27 years. For the past 17 years, she has provided training to Illinois circuit court clerks about her employer's program and its polices and procedures. In April 2014, Street was inducted into the Western's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Departmental and Honors Scholars, Academic Distinction

By Illinois counties, out of state and international locations:

Illinois

Adams County

Camp Point (62320) — Brandon Ihrig, marketing, Marketing Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Gregory D. Kirlin, agriculture, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Jacob Lee Wietholder, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Clayton (62324) — Stephanie Gauldin, exercise science, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

La Prairie (62346) — Zane Dake Higgins, agriculture, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Loraine (62349) — Grant Evan Dempsey, agriculture, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Payson (62360) — Jade Delcour, health services management, Health Services Management Departmental Scholar

Quincy (62301) — Kelly Lynn Johnson, communication sciences and disorders, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Myrna Renee Whitley, social work, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Ariel Jewel Wilson, psychology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Quincy (62305) — Robert Terstriep, accountancy, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Boone County

Poplar Grove (61065) — Anthony Mark Jones, broadcasting, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Brown County

Versailles (62378) — Tyler Roy Herald, theatre, Theatre Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Bureau County

Princeton (61356) — Amy Elizabeth Linder, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Wyanet (61379) — Mikyla Naomi Kunkel, elementary education, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Carroll County

Lanark (61046) — Annabelle Borota, English, English Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar

Cass County

Chandlerville (62627) — Megan D. Richardson, nursing, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Christian County

Morrisonville (62546) — Michael L. McKinnie, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Taylorville (62568) — Aaron Thomas Borgic, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Elizabeth M. Nelson, supply chain management, Honors Scholar

Cook County

Bartlett (60103) — Daniel J. Pruchnick, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Brookfield (60513) Arija Rasutis, music, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Chicago (60630) — Christopher Fidecki, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Chicago (60634) — Lukasz M. Wozny, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

Chicago (60643) — Loren Lewis, interdisciplinary studies, Interdisciplinary Studies Departmental Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Chicago (60652) — Joseph P. Dorken, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; William C. Russ, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Elk Grove Village (60007) — Dominique Apollon, psychology, Honors Scholar

Evanston (60202) — Michael Pitner, English, Honors Scholar

Glenview (60026) — Joshua Taylor Nathan, communication, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Hoffman Estates (60169) — Leonard Joseph Zeppo, information systems, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Melrose Park (60160) — Alyssa Newport Sandeen, psychology, Honors Scholar

Norridge (60706) — Denisa Jurcakova, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Beata Zygula, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

Northbrook (60062) — Evan Isaac Boiko, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Oak Forest (60452) — Amanda Leigh Rizzuti, psychology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Orland Park (60462) – Katelyn Patricia Blair, special education, Honors Scholar; Paul Adrian Schouten, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Orland Park (60467) — Brittany Dutkiewicz, exercise science, Exercise Science Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Palos Heights (60463) — Michael Power, mathematics, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Park Ridge (60068) — Michael A. Lisula, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Tinley Park (60487) — Jessica Christine Ghilardi, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

DeKalb County

Dekalb (60115) — Ashley Covington, elementary education, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Genoa (60135) — Mitchell W. Dander, accountancy, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Sycamore (60178) — Angela Carole Parillo, family and consumer sciences, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

DuPage County

Barlett (60103) — Megan Roberta Clark, musical theatre, Honors Scholar

Burr Ridge (60527) — Marina Nir, music, Bachelor of Music Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Lisle (60532) — Jeffrey Marta, broadcasting, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Lombard (60148) — Amanda Jean Rogalske, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Andrew Toaddy, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Sarah R. Wilcer, biology, College of Arts and Sciences Scholar, Biology Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Naperville (60564) — Daniel O'Connor, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

Naperville (60565) — John M. Mixen, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar; Morgan Paige VanWormer, nursing, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Oak Brook (60523) — Kevin Patrick Verdone, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

Villa Park (60181) — Karla Yesenia Villagran, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

West Chicago (60185) — John Curtis Ross, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Wheaton (60187) — Alexander Thomas Cleveland, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Winfield (60190) — Kyle Michael Harrington, special education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Fulton County

Astoria (61501) — Cally L. Keefauver, communication sciences and disorders, College of Fine Arts and Communication Scholar, Communication Sciences and Disorders Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Samuel Webb, finance, Finance Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Canton (61520) — Kathryne Lynne Valentin, Spanish, Spanish Teacher Education Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Cuba (61427) — Desire Doralyn Barker, biology, Honors Scholar will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Farmington (61531) — Christopher Todd Guidi, theatre, Honors Scholar

Lewistown (61542) — Christopher E. Ford, history, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Greene County

White Hall (62092) — Sarah Katherine Randall, musical theatre, Musical Theatre Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Grundy County

Minooka (60447) — Alex J. Walter, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

Morris (60450) — Brooke Ann Pappas, management, Honors Scholar

Hancock County

Carthage (62321) — Joseph Anthony Goetz, accountancy, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Hamilton (62341) — Andrea Elizabeth Mast, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

West Point (62380) — Brooke Danielle Tobias, biology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Henderson County

Lomax (61454) — Emma Jack, psychology, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Stronghurst (61480) — Kyle Edward Burgus, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Henry County

Atkinson (61235) — Lindsey Leanne Beighle, recreation, park and tourism administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Trenton Joseph Taber, agriculture, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Cambridge (61238) — Devin Jonathan Kluever, accountancy, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Colona (61241) — DeMetrio Juan Lyle, music, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Geneseo (61254) — James William Buennig, music, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Kasey L. Moore, elementary education, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Sandra Faye Sepaniak, journalism, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Orion (61273) — Anthony James Killion, recreation, park and tourism administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Jo Daviess County

Elizabeth (61028) — Jessica Ann Albrecht, accountancy, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Kane County

Aurora (60504) — Christina A. Jones, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Aurora (60505) — Evon C. Aldridge, social work, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Aurora (60506) — Melissa Alger, art, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Elgin (60123) — Bradley Jackson, psychology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Elgin (60124) — Shelbi L. Smith, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Sugar Grove (60554) — Austin Paul Robinson, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Knox County

Abingdon (61410) — Amanda Sue Hendricks, elementary education, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Altona (61414) — Ian Andrew Cameron, computer science, Computer Science Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Galesburg (61401) — Colton D. Motz, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Michael James Schwartz, athletic training, Honors Scholar, Athletic Training Departmental Scholar

Knoxville (61448) — Abigail Alyse Ball, Spanish, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Joel Wilford, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Maquon (61458) — Hannah Marie Cecil, recreation, park and tourism administration, College of Education and Human Services Scholar, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Lake County

Libertyville (60048) — Shan Mei Jones, forensic chemistry, Forensic Chemistry Departmental Scholar

Park City (60085) — Javier A. Sanchez, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Round Lake (60073) — Dorota Janina Glod, geology, Geology Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Vernon Hills (60061) — Zachary T. Johnson, supply chain management, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

LaSalle County

Ottawa (61350) — Trevor Levy, fire protection services, Fire Protection Services Departmental Scholar

Sandwich (60548) — Ellen Bukvich, art, Honors Scholar

Macon County

Decatur (62521) — James Hobson, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Erica Lea Rhodes, accountancy, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Macoupin County

Carlinville (62626) — Jenna Wernsing, physcial education K-12, Physical Education Departmental Scholar

Madison County

Godfrey (62305) — Lythande Ruth Singleton, biology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Wood River (62095) — Kayla Jean Herndon, music, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Marion County

Kell (62853) — Matthew C. Webb, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Mason County

Kilbourne (62655) — Brittany Ann Parker, agriculture, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

McDonough County

Blandinsville (61420) — Kelly Carnes, Human Resource Management Departmental Scholar

Bushnell (61422) — Donald E. Bailey, Jr., supply chain management, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Cassandra Perchalski, women's studies, Women's Studies Departmental Scholar; Jacob Tyler Vancil, meteorology, Meteorology Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Industry (61440) — Benjamin G. Gregory, agriculture, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Macomb (61455) — Sabina Leona Berry, biology, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Mary DeWilde, psychology, Honors Scholar; Elizabeth Dunn, art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Gabrielle Caitlin Filipink, history, History Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Paris September Hamm, biology, double major in biology and French, French Teacher Education Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Linzie Rae Horney, family and consumer sciences, Honors Scholar; Kasey Johnson, anthropology, Honors Scholar, Anthropology Departmental Scholar; Ashley M. Koch, psychology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Rachel Ann Murphy, communication sciences and disorders, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Damon Page, nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Lindsey Michelle Poore, biology, Honors Scholar; Ryanzo W. Perez, psychology, Psychology Departmental Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Haley Pfafman, exercise science, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Malia L. Pryor, accountancy, Accountancy Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Joseph Roth, media and instructional technology, Media and Instructional Technology Departmental Scholar; Grant Steven Severs, biology, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Jacob Paul Sloan, agriculture, Agriculture Departmental Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Jonathan Brian Szalonek, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar; Chelsea M. Townsend, art, Honors Scholar; Brittany L. Troline, accountancy, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Meghan Sue Umphryes, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Tiffany Lynn Wetzel, social work, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Emily Jean Willems, family and consumer sciences, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

McHenry County

Huntley (60142) — Charlotte J. Wilson, mathematics, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Johnsburg (60051) — Kara Eileen DiTusa, recreation, park and tourism administration, Honors Scholar

Lake in the Hills (60156) — Brittany Sydan Hall, psychology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Ashley Zubeck, biology, Honors Scholar

McHenry (60051) — Joshua Wade MacKenzie, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Oakwood Hills (60013) — Rebecca A. Rickman, special education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Woodstock (60098) — Joanna Renee Tilstra, elementary education, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

McLean County

Bloomington (61704) – Lindsey Michelle Andrews, public health, Public Health Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar; Julie Marie Herek, mathematics, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Lexington (61753) — Donald R. Doolin, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Normal (61761) — Leah Eileen Raycraft, chemistry, Honors Scholar

Menard County

Petersburg (62675) — Hayley Rebecka Cline, communication sciences and disorders, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Mercer County

Aledo (61231) — Tanner B. Dunn, agriculture, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Kelli Janelle Koch, communication, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Jessie Thomson, social work, Social Work Departmental Scholar

Sherrard (61281) — Miranda Sue Mendoza, recreation, park and tourism administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Monroe County

Waterloo (62298) — Leah Law Juenger, communication, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Morgan County

Jacksonville (62650) — Abigail N. Burnham, emergency management, Emergency Management Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Jennifer Renee Jackson, agriculture, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Chad Michael Schone, agriculture, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Ogle County

Byron (61010) — Ashley Kay Sell, family and consumer sciences, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Scott Charles Smith, meteorology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Mt. Morris (61054) — Kassandra L. Massolle, social work, Honors Scholar

Peoria County

Bartonville (61607) — Franklin J. Yost, supply chain management, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Brimfield (61517) — Kathryn Parepa Kellstadt, biology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Chillicothe (61523) — Michelle M. Lawson, law enforcement and justice administration, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Glasford (61533) — Tyler W. Verardo, management, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Peoria (61602) — Abigail Grace Landau, music, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Peoria (61603) — Debra Kay Streeter, general studies, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Peoria (61604) — Ryan Myers, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Piatt County

Monticello (61856) — Robert Andrew Poynton V, marketing, Honors Scholar

Pike County

Pearl (62361) — Danielle M. VanWinkle, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Rockport (62370) — Ami Kayleen Davis, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Putnam County

McNabb (61335) — Alyssa Nicole Foley, fire protection services, Honors Scholar

Rock Island County

Andalusia (61232) — Kaitlyn Jean Marie Gehn, music, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Coal Valley (61240) — Ashton Driscoll, music, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

East Moline (61244) — Mitchell James Riley, mathematics, Mathematics Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Moline (61265) — Bryce Brewer, Engineering, Engineering Departmental Scholar; Kelly Kirklin liberal arts and sciences, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Brittany Kay Rose, recreation, park and tourism administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Sean William Turnipseed, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Haley Jo Van Blaricome, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Ashley Renee VanDeCasteele, art, Art Departmental Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Rock Island (61201) — Stefanie Becker, human resource management, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Alexis Holtzer, musical theatre, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Angela K. Martin, accountancy, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; William Asher Trich, psychology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Sangamon County

Chatham (62629) — Andrew Dan Bacon, broadcasting, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Shannon Nicole Smith, nursing, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Ryne C. Williams, computer science, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Springfield (62703) — Tessa Casper-Birdwell, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Springfield (62711) — Michael T. Winterbauer, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Springfield (62712) — Sarah Marie Wright, family and consumer sciences, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Schuyler County

Rushville (62681) — Morgan Billingsley, history, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Karly Lyn Hillyer, psychology, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Jacob Douglas Wooldridge, history, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

St. Clair County

Cahokia (62206) — Nicholas Soto, geography, Geography Departmental Scholar

Freeburg (62243) — Joshua T. Beliveau, forensic chemistry, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

O'Fallon (62269) — Claire Patricia Distler, music, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Marissa (62257) — Tori Danielle Waller, agriculture, Honors Scholar

Stark County

Wyoming (61491) — Samatha Evans, music, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Stephenson County

Freeport (61032) — Katy Ann Hattula, special education, Special Education Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Lena (61048) — Daniel Adam Kurth, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Tazewell County

East Peoria (61611) — Hannah A. Crebo, social work, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Pekin (61554) — Shealyn Annabelle Ashby, communication sciences and disorders, WIU-Macomb Convocation Speaker, Centennial Honors College Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Allison Catherine Hoyle, elementary education, Elementary Education Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Vermilion County

Muncie (61857) — Camelia Kathryn Foil, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Warren County

Alexis (61412) — Megan Marlene Patterson, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Monmouth (61462) — Shanae Glasgow, broadcasting, Broadcasting Departmental Scholar

Smithshire (61478) — Brandi A. Dowers, accountancy, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Whiteside County
Erie (61250) — Aleshia G. Johannsen
, biology, Honors Scholar

Morrison (61270) — Molly Katherine Sedig, recreation, park and tourism administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Rock Falls (61071) — Erica Lynn Kleckler, chemistry, Honors Scholar

Sterling (61081) — Hannah Elisabeth Kermott, music, Bachelor of Arts in Music Departmental Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Rebecca Lee Megli, elementary education, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Will County

Bolingbrook (60440) — Janea Preston, communication, Honors Scholar; Carlos Williamson, journalism, Journalism Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar

Channahon (60410) — Jacob Potts, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Crest Hill (60403) — Troy James Bendoraitis, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Frankfort (60423) — Caroline Elizabeth Laird, psychology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Homer Glen (60491) — Ophelia Romeo, communication sciences and disorders, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

New Lenox (60451) — Adam Phillip Maca, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Plainfield (60585) — Kyle T. Palandech, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

Plainfield (60586) — Lindsay Nicole Condon, family and consumer sciences, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Mark A. Shlifka, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Victoria A. Wrubel, anthropology, biology; Honors Scholar; Pieter Samuel Cryder, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Romeoville (60446) — Melanie Margaret Washington, forensic chemistry, Honors Scholar

Wilmington (60481) — Matthew Frederick Tammen, physics, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Winnebago County

Machesney Park (61115) — Colyn D. Belknap, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Rockford (61103) — Alexis K. Compton, graphic communication, Graphic Communication Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Rockford (61107) — Catherine M. Busjahn, elementary education, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Rockford (61108) — Jacob Tomlinson, political science, Political Science Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar

Rockford (61114) — Adam B. Colborn, law enforcement and justice administration, Honors Scholar

South Beloit (61080) — Kaitlyn Balzer, emergency management, Honors Scholar

Woodford County

Congerville (61729) — Emma Johanna Hartzell, music, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Indiana

Gary (46402) — Tuesdai Batini Perry, theatre, Honors Scholar

Iowa

Ankeny (50023) — Patrick Michael Bunting, finance, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Bettendorf (52722) — Ann Miller, supply chain management, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Buffalo (52728) — Kristi Francis, supply chain management, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Camanche (52730) — Claire Susan Costello, accountancy, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Davenport (52803) — Maura Warner, communication, Communication Departmental Scholar

Davenport (52804) — Joseph Erwin, liberal arts and sciences, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Derek Shane Rooks, communication, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Davenport (52806) — Joanna Bergthold, engineering technology, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Melanie N. Huettman, history, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude; Antoinette L. Leveille, liberal arts and sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences Departmental Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude; Amberly K. Thompson, elementary education, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Davenport (52807) — Bryan J. Christensen, information systems, Information Systems Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; Caitlen O'Day, liberal arts and sciences, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude; John Lee Overstake, management, Management Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Fort Madison (52627) — Haley Nicole Cullen, social work, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Iowa City (52246) — Michael Erickson Aitchison, economics, College of Business and Technology Scholar, Economics Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

LeClaire (52753) — Wendy C. Orman, elementary education, WIU-QC Convocation Speaker, Honors Scholar

New London (52645) — Wyatt Schroeder, engineering technology, Engineering Technology Departmental Scholar

Pleasantville (50225) — Darbie LeRay Renfrow, agriculture, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Princeton (52768) — Kimberly Ann Hochstein, liberal arts and sciences, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Kansas

Olathe (66061) — Jacob Louis Shain, construction management, Construction Management Departmental Scholar, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Michigan

Shelby Township (48315) — Jennika Ann Myers, athletic training, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Missouri

Labadie (63055) — Emily E. Johnson, psychology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Macon (63552) — Samuel W. McDowell, music, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

Maryland Heights (63043) — Kerry Liane Schneider, biology, Honors Scholar, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Palmyra (63461) — Katie M. Dames, family and consumer sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Ohio

West Chester (45069) — Ashley M. Jeffers, supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Departmental Scholar, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Wisconsin

Beloit (53511) — Crystal Rebone, music, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Burlington (53105) — Faith Ann Lois, agriculture, will graduate with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Milton (53563) — Amber Nicole Davis, recreation, park and tourism administration, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Trevor (53179) — Jon Michael Rogalski, law enforcement and justice administration, will graduate with academic distinction, Cum Laude

International

Germany

Floeha—Yves Gerhard-Dietrich, psychology, will graduate with high academic distinction, Magna Cum Laude

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