June 3, 2011—Joshua Bailey, a North Central College senior majoring in English writing and political science, was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Man, the highest award presented to a member of the Class of 2011.
A Galesburg, Ill., resident, he is the son of Brian and Patty Bailey and a graduate of Galesburg High School.
The Outstanding Senior Man award was presented in May at North Central College’s Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that recognizes student excellence in academics and co-curricular activities.
Bailey is a College Scholar, North Central’s honors program that culminates in the publication of a senior thesis. His thesis, titled “Freedom or Slavery? Evaluating the Feminist Debate on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking,” reflects his desire to raise awareness about the realities of human rights issues in the world. On this same subject, he received a second-place award for Best Undergraduate Student paper at the Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science. His paper was published in an online journal.
An active member and leader on North Central’s Mock Trial team, Bailey earned awards for an Outstanding Attorney at a couple Mock Trial meets, including an Outstanding Witness award during his senior year at the annual Mock Trial National Invitational Tournament.
During his four years at North Central, Bailey helped establish an International Justice Mission student organization, served as an editor of the Illinois State Bar Association newsletter “In the Alternative,” and served as president of the Blue Key Honor Society, which honors campus leaders and encourages students to participate in the College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values program. He was also a resident assistant in the College’s residence halls for three years.
Bailey has been accepted into law school at the University of Michigan—one of the nation’s top law schools—where he plans to pursue a career in public interest law. “My extracurricular activities at North Central have helped me find my true passion—serving those less fortunate,” Bailey says. “Combine that with the logical reasoning skills I learned here, and public interest law is a perfect match.”
Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.