Northern Illinois University announced its spring 2020 Dean's List honorees, naming the following local students:

Elliot Norvill of East Peoria, Art Studio-Design and Media Arts; Lauren Sessing of East Peoria, Biological Sciences; MaKenna Beard of Eureka, Early Childhood Education; Josh Robbins of Metamora, Accountancy; Lindsay Sweckard of Tremont, Biological Sciences; and Maxwell Everhart of Washington, Marketing.

To earn this distinction, students must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology or a minimum of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale in the colleges of Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts.

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