Abigail Escatel, daughter of Rafael and Maria Escatel, of Riverside, Ill., was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during Honors Day May 13 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
A junior, Abigail is majoring in speech communication at North Central College. She is a graduate of Willowbrook High School.
Abigail is a member of North Central’s forensics and debate teams and was one of four North Central debaters jointly earning the title of State of Illinois Champion this year. In addition, she is one of the top six people in the United States in Rhetorical Criticism, according to the National Comprehensives Tournament. When she transferred to North Central, she was chosen as one of 73 students nationwide to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Abigail plans to pursue a career in higher education with the dream of becoming a college president. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.