Illinois State Athletics, PNC Bank Honor Student-Athletes

NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State Department of Athletics and PNC Bank honored student-athletes selected as PNC Achievers with in-game and on-court recognition ceremonies at 2021 men’s basketball games- 22.

Each of the 12 PNC Achievers received an award from a Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center staff member and a PNC Bank representative.

“Our Athletics Department is extremely proud of the efforts of our twelve PNC Achievers who were recognized this academic year,” said Illinois State Athletics Assistant Director for Academics and Life Skills. . Joe Klausner mentioned. “PNC’s approach to the holistic development of student-athletes and their recognition for service, scholars and leadership is something that aligns with our philosophy and value system here within our department and our institution.”

Each academic year, a group of students is selected and recognized as part of PNC Bank’s support at Illinois State University.
The 2021-22 PNC winners included: Natalie Vaughn-Low (soccer), Ali Cranston (women’s athletics), Emme Olson (softball), Parker Wisdom (men’s golf), Elena Jankulovska (women’s tennis), Emily Keebler (swimming and diving ), Collin Wyman (Baseball), Sarah Kushner (Volleyball), Mia Quigg (Gymnastics), Maria Toledo-Bailey (Women’s Golf), Harrison Porter (Men’s Athletics/Cross-country) and Pol Botifoll Rius (Men’s Tennis).

“PNC Achievers aims to recognize well-rounded students who are driven to succeed both on and off campus,” said Brian Ray, PNC Regional President for Central Illinois. “These are the young adults we want to nurture as they progress to becoming the next influencers in their workplaces and communities.”

This is the eighth year that PNC has recognized Illinois State students with the PNC Achievers designation.

“I want to say a big thank you to Regional President Brian Ray and VP-Customer and Community Jenna Wiesner for their continued partnership and recognition of our Redbirds,” Klausner continued. “Furthermore, I would like to thank the General Manager Danny Dunbar and his staff at Redbird Sports Properties for their ongoing efforts to find ways to elevate Redbird Athletics and the experiences of our student-athletes. Our Redbirds are special, and I look forward to honoring many more deserving student-athletes in the future.”

PNC Achievers is a program dedicated to honoring students from nearly 20 schools and universities across the country. Recipients are selected locally by juries appointed at each respective school using a set of criteria that includes the three pillars of academic achievement, community service, and student leadership. For more information about PNC, please visit and the Illinois State Redbirds app: Your sources for Illinois State tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird products, photos and more.

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