PONTIAC -- Josephine E. Fairall, daughter of Stewart and Barbara Fairall of Pontiac, has been awarded a $500 education award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America.
Fairall plans to use the grant to attend Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. She is one of 100 grant winners chosen this year.
EUREKA -- Ethan McPherson, a son of Leroy and Robin McPherson of Fairbury, is one of six incoming freshmen at Eureka College selected as Reagan Fellows in the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program.
McPherson attends Prairie Central High School, where he is president of the Student Senate, captain of the Scholastic Bowl team and has been class treasurer for four years. He also participates in band, chorus, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Besides receiving full tuition, Reagan Fellows participate in workshops and retreats throughout the school year. During the summers of their sophomore and junior years, Reagan Fellows have mentorships with leaders in their field within the United States and abroad. The program pays for travel and living expenses for the mentoring.
ROANOKE -- Marisa Durley, daughter of Patrick and Jill Durley of Roanoke, was named Eureka College's Senior of the Year at the college's annual honors ceremony.
Durley, a 2007 graduate of Roanoke-Benson High School, also received the Jean Hearne Education Award for the elementary education student who exemplifies the qualities of Hearne, a former faculty member. She also was recognized as a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
GIBSON CITY -- Brad Johnson of Gibson City was awarded the Finance Achievement Award at Illinois State University.
Johnson is a senior at ISU, double majoring in finance and biology. He is also a Bone Scholar, on the undergraduate studies committee for the biology department and a member of the Student Ambassador Leadership Team.
LINCOLN -- Elizabeth Ford, Zion Lutheran School seventh-grader, has been selected as the Zion Lutheran March Student of the Month. Her parents are Kelby and Angela Ford of Elkhart.
Her ZLS activities include basketball, track, cheerleading, choir, Student Council, Math Bowl, Scholastic Bowl and State History Fair.
CORNELL -- Cornell Grade School is a 2011 Governor's Green Youth award winner. In the school's "Threatened & Endangered Plant Project," students planned, researched and successfully implemented their project goal of repopulating their community with 30 species of threatened and endangered Illinois plants.
These 30 species serve as parent plants for more than 3,000 plants that will be given to area schools, universities, state parks and the local community, in order to raise awareness of the need for conservation efforts.
MASON CITY -- Steven Ingersoll has been named the March Student of the Month at Illini Central High School by the high school and the First State Bank of Mason City. He received a $50 savings bond from the bank and a reference work from the high school.
Ingersoll is the son of Rodney Ingersoll and Shirley Halsema. He was a member of Illini Central track and cross country teams and was a part of the co-op wrestling team with Havana.