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Meet Your Neighbor

Meet your neighbor and Illini West Senior Ashlyn Henderson of Carthage.

Ashlyn, born in Peoria, lived in Pekin for six years, Jacksonville for six years, and this will be her sixth year in Carthage.

She is the daughter of Angie Henderson of Carthage and Don Henderson of Pekin. Angie works at Dallas City Elementary and Don works as a funeral director.

Ashlyn has a twin sister, Danielle Henderson, also of Carthage. Danielle works at Hardees in Carthage.

Ashlyn also has a four-year-old sister, Reaux who lives in East Peoria.

Ashlyn is the granddaughter of J.R. and Doris Heady of Jacksonville, and of Linda and the late Merl Henderson of East Peoria.

JR served in the United States Navy and is retired from the post office, and Doris worked for FS in Jacksonville.

Merl served in the Army during the Korean conflict and owned and operated his own funeral home.

Before she was married, Linda worked as an operator at Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Champaign. After marriage, she raised four children and became a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Ashlyn is very involved in her high school career. She's in Student Council, FBLA, Drama Club, National Honor Society, Band, Scholastic Bowl, SADD, Cross Country, the Math Team, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team, and FTC Robotics Team, and she is the president of the International Club.

She has been in three musicals and two plays at Illini West and is currently involved in her final musical (Mary Poppins). She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1997. She volunteers at blood drives, the Shepard's Food Pantry, Carthage Public Library, Vacation Bible School, and the Courageous Smiles Track Meet.

She has maintained high honors all four years at Illini West and named an Illinois State Scholar. She placed first in the Help Desk test at the FBLA Western Area Conference.

She has maintained straight A's while working roughly 25 hours a week at her job at the Carthage Dairy Queen.

Ashlyn will start her new job at Lamoine Christian Service Camp on June first as the Student Activities Director.

In her spare time, Ashlyn works at DQ (Dairy Queen) and watches Netflix.

Some favorite high school memories are going to FBLA State and being part of band.

After graduation in May, Ashlyn will attend Illinois College in Jacksonville.