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Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Students to be Honored by Lincoln Academy November 2

SPRINGFIELD—(ENEWSPF)—October 28, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the names of the state’s outstanding college students who will be honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Academy will recognize the students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

“These students have exhibited a personal commitment to excel as seen by their remarkable academic accomplishments,” Governor Quinn said. “They serve as role models to all 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.”

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from among all the community colleges in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, each will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement. This event will mark the 39th year that students have been honored by the Academy.

Student Laureate Caelin Niehoff of DePaul University will speak on behalf of all the Laureates. The invocation will be delivered by Robert A. Easter, Ph.D., President of the University of Illinois and the benediction will be delivered by The Reverend Stanley 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 49 years ago to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 50th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Field Museum in Chicago.  




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Augustana College 

Jenna N. Orabutt

Hawthorn Woods, IL

Aurora University

Andrew J. Patton

Oswego, IL

Benedictine University 

Eman Sahloul 

Orland Park, IL

Blackburn College 

Ashley Donoho


Bradley University 

Jonathan Teich

Bay City, MI

Chicago State University

Christopher D. Muldrow 

Oak Forest, IL

Columbia College – Chicago 

Allison C. Shuman 

Cranston, RI

Concordia University Chicago 

David J. Moldenhauer 

Walled Lake, MI

DePaul University 

Caelin Niehoff

Algonquin, IL

Dominican University

David C. Gayes

Oak Park, IL

Eastern Illinois University 

Zachary D. Samples 

Decatur, IL

Elmhurst College  

Emily A. Darow 

Palatine, IL

Eureka College  

Lauren M. Schwanke 

Eureka, IL

Governors State University 

Ricca Louissaint

South Holland, IL

Greenville College 

Alyssa R. Gosselin 

Derby, VT

Illinois College 

Phuong Hoang Nguyen

Thai Binh, Vietnam

Illinois Institute of Technology

Miriam R. Schmid 

Cissna Park, IL

Illinois State University 

Brian M. Kulaga

Elmhurst, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University

Josefina Banales 

Chicago, IL

Judson University

Cassandra E. Criminger

Flanagan, IL

Knox College 

Carolyn Stephen  

St. Louis, MO

Lake Forest College 

Anali N. Vargas  

Chicago, IL

Lake Land College 

Kolten A. Postin

Moweaqua, IL

Lewis University

Samantha J. Rinehart

Marion, IA

Lincoln College 

Josh A. Jones

Joliet, IL

Loyola University Chicago 

Thomas J. Serena

Shorewood, IL

MacMurray College 

Katherine L. Schmidt  

Jerseyville, IL

McKendree University

J. Rhoads 

Litchfield, IL

Millikin University

Emily E. D’Ambrose 

Naperville, IL

Monmouth College

William T. Terrill

Sugar Grove, IL

National Louis University

Kristine Becker-Kristufek

Mt. Prospect, IL

North Central College

Colin J. Loeffler 

Sun Prairie, WI

North Park University

An Tran

Hanoi, Vietnam

Northeastern Illinois University

Ashor O. Jajou

Morton Grove, IL

Northern Illinois University 

Sarah L. Stuebing 

DeKalb, IL

Olivet Nazarene University

Breanne M. Bambrick 

Washington, IL

Principia College 

Haley O. Morton 

Wildwood, MO

Quincy University 

Samantha A. Nielsen

Arlington Heights, IL

Rockford University 

Dunja Cosic

Rockford, IL

Roosevelt University 

Erin McCaslin

Maple Valley, WA

St. Xavier University

Lauren Bryk 

Rolling Meadows, IL

Southern IL Univ. Carbondale 

Eileen N. Schweiss

Festus, MO

Southern IL Univ. Edwardsville

Christopher J. Branch

Edwardsville, IL

The University of Chicago

Safiya C. Johnson

Chicago, IL

Trinity Christian College 

Megan L. Anderson 

Elgin, IL

Trinity International University 

Rebekah E. Held

Hartford, WI

University of IL at Chicago 

Fransely Robles 

Chicago, IL

University of IL at Springfield 

Joshua Eastby

Edwardsville, IL

Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign

Amanda M. Rowland 

Burr Ridge, IL

University of St. Francis  

Brandon S. Collofello

Minooka, IL

VanderCook College of Music

Maxwell J. Dykla

Belding, MI

Western Illinois University  

Lindsey M. Posmanick 

Troy, IL

Wheaton College  

Sarah R. Vander Vorst 

Mound City, SD

Source: illinois.gov


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