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History Students Honored at Annual Scholarship Ceremony

Jan 1, 2009

Fifteen History majors were among the students honored at WIU's 32nd Annual Scholars' Presentation Ceremony, sponsored by the WIU Scholarship Office (Janice Owens, Director), and held in the Union Grand Ballroom on Sunday, November 9. The 15 students recieved a total of 24 scholarships in 2008.

Present at the Scholars' Ceremony were Mallorie Clark, the featured student speaker at the ceremony and the recipient of four scholarships; Alex Heuer, also the recipient of four scholarships; Micca Metz, a Dr. Emily V. Leonard Scholar and junior History major from Fairbury, who was accompanied by her mother, Chris Metz; David Kubicki, a junior History-Teacher Certification major from Oak Lawn and a Susan and Clifford Haka History Scholar; and Austin Schwartz of Macomb, the Department's Darrell and Ginger Dykstra History Graduate Scholar, who was accompanied by his wife, Sarah. The presentation of the History scholarships to these students was made by Dr. Virginia Boynton, History Department Chair, and Dr. Jennifer McNabb, History Department Scholarships Committee Chair.

Mallorie Clark, senior History-Teacher Certfication major from Geneseo, gave the keynote address at the ceremony, speaking eloquently about the opportunities that scholarships have made possible for her. In 2008, she was the recipient of a Dr. Emily V. Leonard History Scholarship, a George F. and Ann Stagg Scholarship, a Centennial Honors College Scholarship, and a James S. and Beatrice L. Wehrly Scholarship.

Alex Heuer, a senior History-Teacher Certification major from Swansea, was the receipient in 2008 of a Dr. Charles Sadler History Scholarship, an E.C. "Tug" Hadock Memorial Scholarship, a Centennial Honors College Scholarship, and a Phi Kappa Phi-Lowell Grabill Undergraduate Scholarship.

The other History majors honored at the Ceremony included two additional 2008 Centennial Honors College Scholars: Abby Lagemann of Pittsfield, also honored as a Dr. Emily V. Leonard History Scholar and as the recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Activity Scholarship; and Andrea VanDrew of Chadwick, also honored as a Dr. Charles Sadler History Scholar. Four of the eight senior Centennial Honors College Scholars this year are History majors.

In addition to Ms. VanDrew and Mr. Heuer, the History Department's other Dr. Charles Sadler Scholars honored at the ceremony were Sarah Adams of Rushville and Cody Boland of Carol Stream. In addition to Ms. Clark, Ms. Metz, and Ms. Lagemann, the remaining Dr. Emily Leonard History Scholar honored at the ceremony was Mitchell Brady of Galesburg.

Additional History majors honored at the event were Dan Clark of Macomb, winner of a Susan and Clifford Haka History Scholarship; Sarah Farha of Quincy, the Department's Victor and Mary Hicken Scholar; Ryan Lambert, the Department of History Scholar for Spring 2008's Commencement; Ben Rees of Galesburg, the David R. Pasquini Award Winner for Spring 2008; and Josh McEuen of Milton, a History major and Religious Studies minor, and a Spring 2008 winner of the Mary Olive Woods Religious Studies Scholarship.

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