OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College recently announced the 10 winners of its most prestigious academic honor — the Thomas J. McCormack Scholar award.
The scholars, among 132 students honored at the 47th annual student academic awards banquet in the gym, are Hannah Sons of Dalzell, Michaela Copeland of Granville, Marshal Hermann and Amy Weber of LaSalle, Jeffrey Hamilton, Kelly McDonough, Joseph Sydlowski and Tyler Wallin of Peru, and Alexander Groh and Leah Kuhn of Ottawa.
To qualify for the distinction, students must maintain a minimum 3.75 grade point average in at least 14 semester hours over three consecutive semesters. The award honors Dr. McCormack, IVCC’s first president serving from 1924 to 1932.
Sons, the daughter of Shawn and Janel Sons, plans to study speech pathology at Illinois State University next fall.
Copeland, the daughter of Robin and Rollie Copeland, will join the Disney college program and later pursue a degree in special education.
Sydlowski, the son of Greg and Karen Sydlowski, will study engineering physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hermann, the son of Anne Hermann, will also be at the University of Illinois majoring in business.
Weber, the daughter of Sherrie Moore and Tim McPherson, is undecided on her major.
Hamilton, the son of Naomi Bealer of Arkansas and the late Donald Hamilton, will major in chemical engineering at the University of Iowa.
Wallin, the son of Mark and Gena Wallin, will study civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
McDonough, the daughter of Jeff and Vicky King, will study English at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Groh, the son of Michael and Jennifer Groh, will pursue a petroleum engineering degree at Texas A&M University.
Kuhn, the daughter of Steve and Shelly Kuhn, will be an art studio and education major at Illinois State.