Jennifer Jaroch, a student at Illinois State University (ISU), has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as a co-recipient of its Bob Haisman Student of the Year award.

Jaroch was recognized for the honor on Thursday in front of some 1,200 association delegates, guests and state dignitaries at the IEA’s annual Representative Assembly in Rosemont.

“Jennifer Jaroch is a leader and contributor to education in the truest sense of the word,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna.  “She is committed to students and to social justice in her community.  She advocates for positive change to help others in need.”

In making the selection, the IEA awards committee cited Jaroch’s consistent efforts to improve her community.  She participated in a service learning project which involved tutoring high school students in mathematics and helping to improve the student resource center at University High School.

Jaroch has been president, vice president and IEA representative of her local chapter of the IEA at ISU.  In addition, she has served as freshman/sophomore representative, secretary-treasurer, vice-chair of the state association, and is also a student member of the resolutions committee.

The IEA is the state’s largest organization of school employees.