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.
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
(School, student, hometown)
-- Astrid Tello-Rodriguez, Milan
-- Monica Delorio, Naperville
University -- Heriberto Diaz, Chicago
-- Shawn Eric Watkins, Virden
-- Cecil Blutcher, Olympia Fields
University -- Stephanie Michelle Sanchez, Chicago.
Columbia College --
Jessica Lee Egan, Nashotah, Wis.
University -- Katrina Elyse Brundage, Red Bud
-- Caitlin Conway, Chicago
University -- Edgar Nieto, Mundelein
University -- Jaclyn L. Carstens, Toulon
Elmhurst College --
Jessica K. Wadleigh, Geneva
Eureka College --
Douglas Owen Collins, Coupeville, Wash.
University -- Katherine Rhea Baggarly, Chicago
-- Ross Baker, Fisher
Illinois College --
Joshua Walters, St. Charles, Mo.
of Technology -- Robert M. Morrison, Owasso, Okla.
University -- Nancy Jean O'Neill, Algonquin
University -- Daniel Kenny, Barcelona, Spain
-- 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
-- Alexandra Vecchio
-- Derek Alan Crouch, Chatham
University -- Matthew B. Ernst, Peoria
-- Jamiahus D. Walton, Peoria
Monmouth College --
Michelle M. Hutchison, Galesburg
Morton College --
Brenda Bedolla, Cicero
University -- Willie Powell, Maywood
College -- Maria Elizabeth Gommel, Malta
University -- Shadae Gatlin, Chicago
Illinois University -- Kathryn Cherry, Glenview
University -- Wayne Duerkes, Somonauk
University -- Jameson Dwight Forshee, Grand Blanc, Mich.
-- Shelby Ann Lemons Carmel, Ind.
-- Lauren M. Stephans, Batavia
Rockford College --
Brittany Adelle Salvador, Oregon
University -- Carina I. Balan, Arlington Heights
University -- Darryl Phillip Brown Jr., Matteson
University Carbondale -- Brock Edward Kabat, Scheller
University Edwardsville -- Jessica Colleen Thompson, Troy
The University of
Chicago -- Nancy Pantoja, Chicago
College -- Adam Perez Racine, Wis.
International University -- Elisabeth Speckhard, Cottage Grove,
Illinois Chicago -- Kenneth Matthew Thomas, Midlothian
Illinois Springfield -- Elizabeth Kelly, Carlinville
Illinois Urbana-Champaign -- Benjamin Martin Miller, Boody
University of St.
Francis -- Jessica Lynn Nayder, Mokena
University -- Lauren N. Armstead, Auburn
Wheaton College -- Hilary Elizabeth
Lincoln Academy of
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