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[NOV. 5, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will honor more than 50 outstanding senior college students during the annual Student Laureate ceremony on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The Student Laureate Medallion is given each year, along with a $150 honorarium and a certificate of achievement, to one member from the senior class of each four-year, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Illinois. The medallions will be presented this year by Richard Norton Smith, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The event will mark the 30th year that students have been honored by the academy.

"These students have exhibited a personal commitment to excel, as seen by their remarkable academic accomplishments," said John B. Simon, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy. "But just as important, these students serve as role models to other Illinois students, as well as their own family and friends. With hardworking, dedicated individuals such as these, Illinois and the rest of the nation can look forward to a bright and prosperous future."

Patricia S. McGaughey, a senior at Eureka College, will deliver the keynote address on behalf of the Student Laureates. The invocation will be delivered by Dr. Lawrence D. Bryan, president of MacMurray College; the benediction will be given by Dr. Douglas E. Zemke, president of Millikin University.

The Sangamon Woodwind Consort will provide music. A luncheon at the Illinois executive mansion will follow the ceremony.

The Lincoln Academy's Student Laureate awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. Laureate nominations are submitted by each school and reviewed by the Lincoln Academy. One individual from all Illinois junior college students, recommended by the Illinois Community College Board, is also recognized.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 40 years ago to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens with the state's highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The next presentation will be at the Lincoln Academy's Spring Convocation on the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville campus on April 29, 2005.

Student Laureates
(School, student, hometown)

  • Augustana College, Theresa E. Wenzel, Naperville
  • Aurora University, Brynn M. Landwehr, North Aurora
  • Benedictine University, Mario D. Parker, Maywood
  • Blackburn College, Nathan Reuck, Carlinville
  • Bradley University, Sara M. Ray, Bartonville
  • Chicago State University, Gavin R. Tuckett, Chicago
  • Columbia College Chicago, Lauren McLain, Chicago
  • Concordia University, Julie A. Ryan, Des Plaines
  • DePaul University, Alejandro Magana, Chicago
  • Dominican University, Thushanthi S. Perera, Des Plaines
  • Eastern Illinois University, Kathryn A. Book, Tinley Park
  • Elmhurst College, Hugo Gorostieta, Bensenville
  • Eureka College, Patricia S. McGaughey, Carthage
  • Governors State University, Dwayne W. Williams, Hazel Crest
  • Greenville College, Erika L. Woodard, Watertown, Wis.

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  • Illinois College, Julie A. Surratt, Arenzville
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Suruchi S. Thakore, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Illinois State University, Randall Cohen, Lincolnshire
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Jason Dulac, Ada, Mich.
  • Knox College, Abigail L. Letzter, DeKalb
  • Lake Forest College, Andrew A. Eisen, Antioch
  • Lewis University, Paul H. Sevcik, Aurora
  • Lincoln College, Emily D. Riesen, Spring Grove
  • Loyola University, Christina Psomadakis, Gig Harbor, Wash.
  • MacMurray College, Teresa K. Venton, Middleville, Mich.
  • McKendree College, Elizabeth A. Hazzard, Avon, Ind.
  • Millikin University, Aindrea D. Dooley, Harvard
  • Monmouth College, Nicholas J. Kyriazes, Schaumburg
  • National-Louis University, Carlos Vargas, Laurel, Md.
  • North Central College, Carole J. Montague, Wheaton
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Sir M.V. Williams, Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University, Benjamin C. Ogle, St. Charles
  • North Park University, Ryan N. Anderson, Naperville
  • Northwestern University, Jamie E. Howe, McLean, Va.
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Scott W. Smith, Rockledge, Fla.
  • Principia College, Breanna M. Cooke, Elsah
  • Quincy University, Elizabeth A. Ward, Topkea, Kan.
  • Rockford College, Megan E. Pierce, Rockford
  • Roosevelt University, Nathaniel Thomas, Chicago
  • Saint Xavier University, LaTisha C. Collins, Chicago
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Stephanie M. DeRuntz, Naples, Fla.
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Janella D. Moy, Edwardsville
  • Trinity Christian College, Rachel L. Van Oort, Doon, Iowa
  • Trinity College, Ruby M. Thomas, Gurnee
  • University of Chicago, Theresa J. Biesiada, South Holland, Mich.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Ana D. Petrovic, Geneva
  • University of Illinois at Springfield, Laura Petrea, Pittsburg
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nathan VanHoudnos, Jacksonville
  • University of St. Francis, Joseph L. Davies, Crest Hill
  • Western Illinois University, Erin L. Lafferty, Princeton

From the Illinois Community College Board:

  • Triton College, Caraleigh Holverson, River Forest

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