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Student laureates to be honored Saturday by Lincoln Academy

List includes Lincoln College's Hailey Michelle Gehlbach

Ceremony at Old State Capitol recognizes top students from colleges in Illinois

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[November 01, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will honor outstanding senior college students and one student from among all of the community college students in Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

The Lincoln Academy's Student Laureate awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. At the convocation, each will receive a Student Laureate medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement. This event will mark the 38th year that students have been honored by the Lincoln Academy.

"These students have exhibited a personal commitment to excel as seen by their remarkable academic accomplishments," said Thomas S. Johnson, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy. "They serve as role models to other Illinois students. With hardworking and dedicated young leaders such as these, Illinois and the rest of the nation can look forward to a bright future."

Student Laureate Hailey Michelle Gehlbach of Lincoln College will speak on behalf of all the laureates. The invocation will be delivered by Dr. Miriam Pride, president of Blackburn College. The Sangamon Woodwind Consort will provide music, and a luncheon at the governor's mansion will follow the convocation.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 48 years ago to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens with the state's highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 49th annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place April 13 at Augustana College in Rock Island.


Student laureates
(School, student, hometown)

  • Augustana College -- Astrid Tello-Rodriguez, Milan

  • Aurora University -- Monica Delorio, Naperville

  • Benedictine University -- Heriberto Diaz, Chicago

  • Blackburn College -- Shawn Eric Watkins, Virden

  • Bradley University -- Cecil Blutcher, Olympia Fields

  • Chicago State University -- Stephanie Michelle Sanchez, Chicago.

  • Columbia College -- Jessica Lee Egan, Nashotah, Wis.

  • Concordia University -- Katrina Elyse Brundage, Red Bud

  • DePaul University -- Caitlin Conway, Chicago

  • Dominican University -- Edgar Nieto, Mundelein

  • Eastern Illinois University -- Jaclyn L. Carstens, Toulon

  • Elmhurst College -- Jessica K. Wadleigh, Geneva

  • Eureka College -- Douglas Owen Collins, Coupeville, Wash.

  • Governors State University -- Katherine Rhea Baggarly, Chicago

  • Greenville College -- Ross Baker, Fisher

  • Illinois College -- Joshua Walters, St. Charles, Mo.

  • Illinois Institute of Technology -- Robert M. Morrison, Owasso, Okla.

  • Illinois State University -- Nancy Jean O'Neill, Algonquin

  • Illinois Wesleyan University -- Daniel Kenny, Barcelona, Spain

  • Judson University -- Matt Langton, Marengo

  • Knox College -- John Salvatore Cusimano, Tinley Park

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  • Lake Forest College -- Lauren Nicole Levinson, Northbrook

  • Lewis University -- Emily A. Keene Hebron, Ind.

  • Lincoln College -- Hailey Michelle Gehlbach, Roanoke

  • Loyola University -- Alexandra Vecchio

  • MacMurray College -- Derek Alan Crouch, Chatham

  • McKendree University -- Matthew B. Ernst, Peoria

  • Millikin University -- Jamiahus D. Walton, Peoria

  • Monmouth College -- Michelle M. Hutchison, Galesburg

  • Morton College -- Brenda Bedolla, Cicero

  • National-Louis University -- Willie Powell, Maywood

  • North Central College -- Maria Elizabeth Gommel, Malta

  • North Park University -- Shadae Gatlin, Chicago

  • Northeastern Illinois University -- Kathryn Cherry, Glenview

  • Northern Illinois University -- Wayne Duerkes, Somonauk

  • Olivet Nazarene University -- Jameson Dwight Forshee, Grand Blanc, Mich.

  • Principia College -- Shelby Ann Lemons Carmel, Ind.

  • Quincy University -- Lauren M. Stephans, Batavia

  • Rockford College -- Brittany Adelle Salvador, Oregon

  • Roosevelt University -- Carina I. Balan, Arlington Heights

  • St. Xavier University -- Darryl Phillip Brown Jr., Matteson

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale -- Brock Edward Kabat, Scheller

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville -- Jessica Colleen Thompson, Troy

  • The University of Chicago -- Nancy Pantoja, Chicago

  • Trinity Christian College -- Adam Perez Racine, Wis.

  • Trinity International University -- Elisabeth Speckhard, Cottage Grove, Minn.

  • University of Illinois Chicago -- Kenneth Matthew Thomas, Midlothian

  • University of Illinois Springfield -- Elizabeth Kelly, Carlinville

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign -- Benjamin Martin Miller, Boody

  • University of St. Francis -- Jessica Lynn Nayder, Mokena

  • Western Illinois University -- Lauren N. Armstead, Auburn

  • Wheaton College -- Hilary Elizabeth Dirks, Bloomington

[Text from Lincoln Academy of Illinois news release received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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