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VCHS seniors recognized during annual Academic Signing Day

Several Vandalia Community High School students were celebrated last Thursday during the annual Academic Signing Day.

The event honored the academic achievements of 11 upcoming graduates, who received  more than $400,000 in scholarships.

Those recognized during Academic Signing Day included:

Owen Miller, who received the Provost Scholarship and will be attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to study engineering.

Ellika Whiteman, who was awarded a Board of Trustees Scholarship covering full tuition and fees at Kaskaskia College. Whiteman plans to study criminal justice.

Morgan Dagen, also a Board of Trustees Scholarship with full tuition and fees covered at KC. Dagen said she is majoring in nursing.

Lauren Kaiser is the recipient of the Presidential Award Program and the US Capitol Honors Program Scholarship at University of Illinois Springfield, where she plans to study chemistry.

Anna Osborne was awarded the Redbird Academic Scholarship at Illinois State University and will study marketing.

Matthew Hagy, who received an Excellence in Education Scholarship; Heritage Award; and READY for Success Award at Illinois College. Hagy, who will also play football for the Blue Boys, plans to major in kinesiology and exercise science and eventually become a physical therapist.

Emma Hamilton, who was awarded the Academic Merit Scholarship and the Pieper Leadership Scholarship University of Health Science & Pharmacy. Hamilton said she plans to major in biomedical sciences.

Anna Forbes, who received the President’s Scholarship, Scholars of Excellence $28,000 and additional Scholarships at Union University. Forbes plans to major in biology.

Faith Budny Clymer, a recipient of the University of Excellence Scholarship and other scholarships at Southern Illinois University Carbondale to study pre-dentistry.

Zoe Satterthwaite, who was awarded the Provost Scholarship at Murray State University. Satterwaite wants to study communication disorders with the goal of becoming a speech language pathologist.

Megan Lupton, who was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship at Principia College, where she wants to major in mathematics.