Enrique Rocha

Where are they now? Catching up with our Class of 2016 ‘Newest Redbirds’

Catch up with our Class of 2016's "Newest Redbirds."
Student on Quad

Our newest Redbirds: Criminal justice sciences major wants to be part of the solution

Tony Davenport has a unique perspective when he listens to the ongoing conversations asking for change in law enforcement practices. He is a proud young Black man who wants to see solutions to...
The Baker twins performing with Chicago's CircEsteem.

Our newest Redbirds: Identical twins ready for Gamma Phi Circus

Identical twins Julia and Sophie Baker have been surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Chicago for their entire lives. After having an hourlong commute to their high school, the twins are ready...
Freshman Redbird Sam Carroll

Our newest Redbirds: Exceptional esports athlete makes ISU his home

When Sam Carroll wasn’t seeking athletic scholarships, he was quietly becoming one of the best players in the world at Rocket League.

Our newest Redbirds: Political science major seeks connections through experience

Illinois State University freshman Kerem Tasdan has an innate curiosity about the world around him, made perfectly clear from the wide range of activities he was involved with at Macomb High...
Woman sitting down on steps

Our newest Redbirds: A low SAT score didn’t define her

Three hours and four digits do not define her. That’s what LuAnn Bonilla wrote in a financial aid appeal when a low SAT score excluded her from the scholarships she needed to attend Illinois State.
Twins Miriam and Mayra Maldonado on the campus of Illinois State

Our newest Redbirds: Twins transfer to ISU together

Miriam and Mayra Maldonado are identical twins with nearly identical backgrounds. The two attended the same schools, participated in the same extracurricular activities, and achieved the same...
Levi Schaut

Our newest Redbirds: Transfer student pursues passion for technology

As the technology around us advances, the demand for computer experts rises. Incoming Redbird Levi Schaut realized this from a young age, building upon his passion for technology for as long as he...
Olivia Streeter

Our newest Redbirds: Valedictorian ready to succeed at ISU 

Becoming class valedictorian is no simple achievement, but incoming Redbird Olivia Streeter had her sights set on it from her first day at Peoria Central High School.
Featured student Sarah Sanders posing for a scenic shot in Peru

Our newest Redbirds: Honors student goes from Peru to ISU

Incoming Redbird Sarah Sanders has already developed a worldly outlook and a passion for exploration.
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