Ceremony honors local students

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Area students received awards at the 35th annual Honors Ceremony held April 15 at Eureka College.

Lauren Schwanke of Eureka was named Sophomore of the Year. The award recognizes one student from each class who exemplifies the spirit of Eureka through academic achievement, leadership, campus involvement and community service. Nominations are made by the campus community, and the winner is selected by a committee of faculty and staff.  Schwanke also was recognized among the upper-class scholars, who have achieved a grade-point average of at least 3.75 after at least 30 semester hours of course work.

Tyler Bishop of Congerville was recognized as one of two Outstanding Music Students for excellence in leadership, service, academic performance and music performance. He also was recognized as the recipient of the Sylvan and Maurine Arnold Music Scholarship for a returning music major who has excelled in music, scholarship and service.  

Matthew Dillard of Goodfield was recognized as the recipient of the Stephen Binkley Scholarship for high achievement in chemistry or biology. He also was recognized among the first-year scholars, who have achieved a grade-point average of at least 3.75 after at least 15 semester hours of course work.

Gretchen Schlossler of Eureka was recognized as a first-year scholar.

Brenna Baxter of Eureka was recognized as a first-year scholar.

Megan Sprague of Eureka was recognized as a recipient of a Glen Barton Service Scholarship for education students.

Katharine McLaughlin of Eureka was recognized as a recipient of a Student Foundation Scholarship for campus and community involvement.

Tonya Franz of Metamora was recognized as the recipient of the Pete Hughes Award for the graduating senior and non-traditional student who has excelled in student teaching and has displayed outstanding classroom and field experience performance. Franz also received a Rolf and Sondra Craft Writing Excellence Award for her critical analysis of Margaret Drabble’s “The Seven Sisters.” The recognition includes a cash award. Franz also was recognized as a recipient of a Glen Barton Service Scholarship for education students. She also was recognized as an upper-class scholar and as a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Members make up the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes and have maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.5.

Matthew Kennell of Metamora received the Senior Mathematics Award for excellence in the study of mathematics. He also was recognized as an upper-class scholar and as a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society.

Lindsey Glaub of Lowpoint was recognized as a recipient of a Glen Barton Service Scholarship for education students. She also was recognized as a first-year scholar.