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May 13, 2016

Recipients of Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Announced

(Top row, L-R) Breanna Easton, Carly Lowry, Alexandra Smith
(Bottom row, L-R) Lindsay Spitz, Lesley Swick, Jackson Utsler

Six Mattoon High School seniors were awarded the Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship during the recent senior awards night.

Breanna Easton received a $1,000 scholarship and will attend Southeastern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue a career in international business.

Carly Lowry was awarded a $500 scholarship and will study nursing at Lake Land College and will transfer to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing and work towards becoming a nurse practitioner.

Alexandra Smith received a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. In the fall, Alexandra will attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study biology with an emphasis in pre-optometry to pursue a career in optometry.

Lindsay Spitz was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in honor if the Helen K. Janssen Family and will attend Eastern Illinois University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She then plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

Lesley Swick is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship in honor of Florence Parker. In the fall, she will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to major in pharmacy.

Jackson Utsler received a $500 scholarship in honor of Lloyd Ring. In the fall, Jackson will attend Lake Land College and enroll in the Agricultural Power Mechanics and Technology Program. He plans to work on tractors and mechanical implements in the agricultural industry.

The Mattoon High School Alumni Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for Mattoon High School seniors and graduates pursuing higher education. It was established in 2011 with the leadership of David Janssen, Class of 1971. Donations from individuals, alumni, classes and the community contribute to an endowed fund which continues to grow and provide scholarships into perpetuity.

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