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Student Laureates honored

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois honored outstanding senior college students and one student from among all of the community college students in Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation on Nov. 3 in Springfield.

Wayne Duerkes of Somonauk, a student at Northern Illinois University, and Maria Elizabeth Gommel of Malta, a student at North Central College, were among those honored.

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 Student Laureate Convocation, each received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement. This is the 38th 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,” Thomas S. Johnson, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy, said in a news release. “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.”

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 Island.

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