Press Release: Student Laureates to be honored by Lincoln Academy

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Old State Capitol * Springfield, IL 62701 * (217) 785-5030 * FAX (217) 523-9792

Date: October 27, 2010

Julie Kellner
(217) 785-5030

Ceremony at Old State Capitol recognizes the top student from each college and university in Illinois

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, November 6 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, degreegranting colleges and universities in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, each will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement. This event will mark the 36th 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 Thomas S. Johnson, Chancellor of the Lincoln Academy, who added, “They serve as role models to other Illinois students. With hard-working and dedicated young leaders such as these, Illinois and the rest of the nation can look forward to a bright future.

Student Laureate M. Elizabeth Judson of Eureka College will speak on behalf of all the Laureates. The invocation will be delivered by Dr. Roger Taylor, President of Knox College, and the benediction will be given by Lincoln Academy Regent Rev. Stanley L. Davis, Jr. The Sangamon Woodwind Consort will provide music, and a luncheon at the Illinois Executive Mansion will follow the Student Laureate Convocation.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 46 years ago to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 47th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana. The convocation planning co-chairs are Judy Ikenberry, Cheryl Easter and Virginia Hogan.


Augustana College Benjamin Zimmerman Mokena, IL
Aurora University Shammrie Brown Kentwood, MI
Benedictine University Adnan Mujagic Naperville, IL
Blackburn College Evan Jackson Carlinville, IL
Bradley University Nicholas Fahnders Pekin, IL
Chicago State University Amber Pierre Country Club Hills, IL
Concordia University Janine Bolling Queens, NY
DePaul University Ashlee Pinto Orland Park, IL
Dominican University Kelsy Holloway Cape Girardeau, MO
Eastern Illinois University Justin Gross Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College Amy Du Elmhurst, IL
Eureka College M. Elizabeth Judson Galesburg, IL
Governors State University Tamara Lewis Chicago, IL
Greenville College Kayli Catron Decatur, IL
Illinois College Megan Kruse Petersburg, IL
IL Institute of Technology Angela Ng Rockford, IL
Illinois State University Jessica Wozniak Carol Stream, IL
Judson University Kevin Lipp Downers Grove, IL
Knox College Anita Ahuja Rock Island, IL
Lake Forest College Linda Winkelman Park City, UT
Lewis University Summer Hallaj St. Charles, IL
Lincoln College Alexandra Williams Lincoln, IL
Loyola University Stephanie Romeo
MacMurray College Kelli Ruppel Chandlerville, IL
McKendree College Danielle Belobraydich Plainfield, IL
Millikin University Kelsey Lee Virginia, IL
Monmouth College Derek Huff Edmonds, WA
North Central College Steven Oliveri Crystal Lake, IL
North Park University Danielle Paventi Syracuse, NY
Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lakeesha Harris
Northern Illinois University Kathryn Green Geneva, IL
Northwestern University Trisha Faulkner Springfield, IL
Olivet Nazarene University Evan Karg Freeport, IL
Principia College Blake Hansen Beaverton, OR
Quincy University Tanner Wright New York, NY
Rock Valley Comm. College Stacey Slintak Rockford, IL
Rockford College Heather Goodrich Tinley Park, IL
Roosevelt University Emma Carroll Chicago, IL
St. Xavier University Aarika Zarnick Freeport, IL
Southern IL U. – Carbondale Jordan Kabat Scheller, IL
Southern IL U. – Edwardsville Nathaniel Dell Maryville, IL
Trinity Christian University Joseph Wydra Tinley Park, IL
Trinity International University Samantha Knopp Medford, WI
University of Chicago Ingrid Busching Rochelle, IL
Univ. of IL – Chicago Joshua Kannankeril Tinley Park, IL
Univ. of IL – Springfield Kimberly Bartosiak Bethalto, IL
U of I – Urbana/Champaign Kristy Treven Libertyville, IL
Univ. of St. Francis Mark Ahern Homewood, IL
Western Illinois University Edward Bridge II Quincy, IL