North Central College - Naperville, IL

Laurel White is Outstanding Senior Woman

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, Associate Director of Public Relations, 630-637-5306

June 2, 2010--North Central College has named Laurel White of Bloomington, Ill., Outstanding Senior Woman, the highest award presented to a member of the class of 2010.

White will graduate June 12 with a double major in English writing and interactive media studies and a minor in social change/public advocacy. She is the daughter of William and Kay White of Bloomington and a graduate of University High School.

The Outstanding Senior Woman award was presented in May at North Central's Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that recognizes student excellence in academics and co-curricular activities. Earlier during the awards event, she was also recognized as the Outstanding Student in the Arts & Letters Division and the Outstanding Student in English, and received the Megan Sweeney Award for achieving the highest level of academic excellence in her graduating class.

White is a College Scholar, North Central's honors program that culminates in the publication of a thesis. She is president of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, a tutor in the Writing Center, two-time presenter at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, arts editor and co-editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper The Chronicle, an award-winning writer for The Chronicle, and student worker in the Office of Marketing and Communications.

She has studied abroad in England and held an internship in the country of Qatar. A gifted writer, she's especially talented at developing projects that involve classroom projects, community service and even global politics.

Earlier this year, White was awarded a highly competitive Dunn Fellowship for 2010-2011, which provides a full salary and benefits to work for one year in the Governor of Illinois' Press Office in Springfield. After that assignment, she will attend the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.