College Graduates

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Lincoln Land
Community College

Brooke Knebel-Renfro graduated from Lincoln Land Community College on May 13 with an associate’s degree in arts and graphic design.


During her time at LLCC, she earned a spot on the vice president’s list, was elected to Who’s Who Among America’s College and Universities, and was honored for outstanding achievement and leadership by the Arts and Humanites Department.
She was an award-winning columnist and graphic artist for The Lamp, the student newapaper at LLCC, for the past two years. She has also won three student art awards for drawing and graphic design.
Knebel-Renfro has been accepted to the College of Fine Art at Illinois State University at Normal and will begin this fall pursuing her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She is currently working as a freelance graphic designer for Applebee’s and other businesses.
Knebel-Renfro is the daughter of Steve and Laurna Knebel and a 1999 graduate of Vandalia Community College.
She lives in Pawnee with her husband, Tanner, and son, Gavin, with plans to move to the Normal/Bloomington area within the next couple months.

The following area students were candidates for degrees at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for the spring semester:
• Brownstown – Clayton M. Black, bachelor’s degree in political science, and Dustin D. Fulk, bachelor’s degree in technical resource management
•  St Elmo – Blake A. Heischmidt, bachelor’s degree in industrial technology; and Lauren A. Heischmidt, juris doctorate in law.
• Vandalia – Ian L. Brown, bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
• Ramsey – Erin J. Doyle, bachelor’s degree in agribusiness economics.
• St. Peter – Mallory J. Drewes, bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences; and Jayme S. Michel, bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.

Dustin Fulk of Brownstown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in technical resource management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on May 14.
Fulk is the son of Doug and Debbie (Feezel) Fulk of Brownstown and a 2007 graduate of Brownstown High School.
 He is employed at Fulk Construction Inc. of Brownstown.