Ceremony at Old State Capitol recognizes high-achievers from each Illinois college and university

SPRINGFIELD (Nov. 11, 2017) — Outstanding students representing Illinois’ colleges and universities were honored today by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

“President Lincoln’s legacy is a reminder of the power of public service and civic engagement,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said. “The students chosen to receive this honor have exemplified the principles and ideals of the greatest Illinoisan through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.”

Gov. Rauner, the current president of the Lincoln Academy, and First Lady Diana Rauner welcomed all the students and awarded each with a certificate of merit, a medal of Lincoln, and a $1,000 check provided by sponsors. Each sitting governor serves as President of the Lincoln Academy.

The Lincoln Academy’s Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement 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 the community colleges in Illinois. This is the 43rd year Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois. Individual schools select the laureates.

“Student Laureates often become state, national, and international leaders and some, as successful adults, will be honored as Laureates of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois,” said Stephanie Pace Marshall, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy. “By recognizing deserving students who are honoring the principals of democracy and humanity in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, the Student Laureate Convocation ceremony provides fellow Illinoisans the opportunity to share a glimpse of the finest qualities of our state’s next leaders.”


Institution                                         Student                                  Hometown

Augustana College                              Abigail M. Wieland                 Rock Island, IL

Aurora University                              Tia Lucia Carr                           Oswego, IL

Benedictine University                       Rachel Elaine Warren              Roselle, IL

Blackburn College                               Noah B. Daum                        Carrollton, IL

Bradley University                             Kelsey A. Vogt                         Barrington, IL

Chicago State University                    Kristen Leiani Gardner           Calumet city, IL

Columbia College, Chicago                 William Ojeda                        Harwood Heights, IL

Concordia University, Chicago           Joseph David Reineke            Antigo, WI

DePaul University                              Ivana Rihter                             Ladera Ranch, CA

Dominican University                        Renee Hogan                           Chicago, IL

East-West University                         Kisha Renea Johnson               Chicago, IL

Eastern Illinois University                  Bailey A. Martin-Giacalone    Belleville, IL

Elmhurst College                                 Monica Cecilia Mazurek        Mt. Prospect, IL

Eureka College                                    Rachel Smith                          Washington, IL

Governors State University                Justin D. Smith                        Chicago Heights, IL

Greenville College                               Mandy Renee Pennington      Louisville, KY

Illinois College                                    Christian Flores                      Addison, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology          Allan Huang                            Chicago, IL

Illinois State University                      Wesley Barnes Ward               Normal, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University              Brock Michael Taylor             Mattoon, IL

Judson University                              Andrew James Kennedy          Gilberts, IL

Knox College                                       Mara Peters Lane                   Eau Claire, WI

Lake Forest College                            Jakobi Y. McClellan                Homewood, IL

Lewis University                                William Z. Riley                      Chicago, IL

Lincoln College                                   Ashlyn N. Carroll                   Lincoln, IL

Loyola University Chicago                 Ugochukwu Okere                  Chicago, IL

MacMurray College                           Courtney Jane Pearson            Pearl, IL

McKendree University                       Himani N. Patel                       Eldoret, Kenya

Millikin University                             Justin Alan DeBo                    Normal, IL

Monmouth College                             Diana J. Rubi                          Peoria, IL

National Louis University                  Jeremy Kwitschau                  Batavia, IL

North Central College                        Connor R. McGury                 Naperville, IL

North Park University                        Jomarie A.O. Perlas                Hoffman Estates, IL

Northeastern Illinois University         Cesar Bustos                           Chicago, IL

Northern Illinois University               Rachel Elizabeth Jacob            Long Grove, IL

Olivet Nazarene University                Charles R. Deloach III            Chicago Heights, IL

Principia College                                 Robert Butler                          Scottsdale, AZ

Quincy University                              Alyssa M. Vitale                      Naperville, IL

Robert Morris University                  Cameron Douglas Harron        Ontario, Canada

Rockford University                           Malcolm Engelbrecht              Loves Park, IL

Roosevelt University                          Christian James Brian             Mattawan, MI

Saint Xavier University                      Esraa M. Aburass                    Bridgeview, IL

School of the Art Inst. Of Chicago     Freddie Lambright III             Concord, CA

SIU Carbondale                                   Kara N. Starkweather             Rochester, IL

SIU Edwardsville                                Keelah Washington                 Chicago, IL

The University of Chicago                 Pranav Puri                              Moline, IL

Trinity Christian College                    Roberto Josiah Rosario           Bolingbrook, IL

Trinity International University         Margaret Patricia Kirst            Galena, IL

University of IL at Chicago                Mariel Rancel                          Oak Lawn, IL

University of IL Springfield               Regina Bolin                            Kansas City, MO

Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign      Thomas J. Dowling                 Chicago, IL

University of St. Francis                    Irma V. Sandoval Vizcaino       Chicago, IL

VanderCook College of Music            Daniel Joseph Mulligan          Shorewood, IL

Western Illinois University                 Jillian R. Escobar                    Hanover Park, IL

Wheaton College                                 Tryphena N. Tandriarto          Arcadia, CA

Oakton Community College               Andrew Tieng                         Niles, IL​


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