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By The Staff

Durbin earns master’s degree
Lacey Jo Durbin of Vandalia recently completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.


Durbin, daughter of Kent and Teresa (Harre) Durbin, received her master’s at a graduation ceremony held on May 12 at the Kansas City Auditorium.
Durbin was one of 20 students who received a Jane Rues Service Recognition Award for completing hourly requirements in the occupational field.
She also hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Durbin is engaged to Jacob Nalley.

Whightsil earns award at IC
Mitchell Whightsil of Vandalia was among the Illinois College students recognized in April, when the liberal arts college held its annual Celebration of Excellence.
The Celebration of Excellence allows students and faculty to take part in activities that commend academic excellence.
Whightsil, a junior, was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, and was named the recipient of the James A. Meeks Memorial Scholarship and Joe Patterson Smith Scholarship.
Kappa Delta Pi is the national education honor society. This honor is bestowed upon outstanding junior majors in the education department.
Whightsil is the son of Rich and Renee Whightsil of Vandalia.

Maryville University dean’s list
Ashley Durbin of Vandalia was among the students at Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo., to be named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester.
Durbin, the daughter of Kent and Teresa Durbin of Vandalia, is a student in Maryville’s School of Health Professions.