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Heartland awards Student of the Year

May 29, 2019

Breanne Penn is the recipient of the Heartland Community College Student of the Year Award.

Candidates for Student of the Year are nominated by Heartland students, instructors, and staff. The winner is selected by a committee consisting of student leadership and staff.

“We believe that our Student of the Year not only has to be excellent in terms of academic achievement but also has a significant impact on their community,” said Jack Luu, selection committee member and outgoing Student Government Association President. “Through this project we have a chance to understand more about our students: how they find financial resources to pay for college; how they get in involved in the community; how they help their fellow students.”

Penn maintained a 4.0 GPA during her Heartland career and represented the College with a first place finish in t-shirt design at the Illinois SkillsUSA career and technical student professional competition. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

A graduate of Bloomington High School, Penn also juggled four jobs during her community college career, including a student internship as a designer with the Heartland Marketing and Public Information Department.

“The review team was impressed with the amount of work the Breanne has accomplished while maintaining a 4.0 GPA,” said Luu. “Team members especially appreciated the leadership role Breanne has taken in working with several organizations to help the community. We also see her passion for helping others.” 

Penn graduated Heartland this spring and is transferring to Illinois State University in the fall of 2019.

Written by: Steve Fast