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IWU Senior Garners Prestigious Honor

BLOOMINGTON - Senior Josi Banales has taken an active role in student activities on campus, since she started in 2010.

BLOOMINGTON - Senior Josi Banales has taken an active role in student activities on campus, since she started in 2010.

She went to a banquet with fellow Lincoln Laureate award winners in Springfield and met Governor Pat Quinn. The award recognizes outstanding academic and extracurricular participation among seniors.

Banales says she didn't even know about the award at first, but now she's grateful that her work to be a role model is paying off.

"Other women of color, other people of color could look to for support, could see, 'Wow, she looks like me. She's politically and socially active on campus, she has meetings with the president. She is making a difference in the classroom. I needed that, so I tried to be that,” said Banales.

"Anyone who has worked with Josi knows just the incredible caliber of student that she is, her impressive credentials, her research experience and is just an absolute joy to have in the classroom and is really a proven leader on campus,” said IWU sociology professor Meghan Burke.

Banales' next goal is graduate school. The Lincoln Academy, which gives out the award, has been around since 1964.

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