BATAVIA – Jeremy Kwitschau of Batavia was among outstanding students representing Illinois colleges and universities recently honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
Kwitschau is a senior at National Louis University, a news release stated.
“President Lincoln’s legacy is a reminder of the power of public service and civic engagement,” Gov. Bruce Rauner stated in the news release. “The students chosen to receive this honor have exemplified the principles and ideals of [Lincoln] through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.”
Rauner, current president of The Lincoln Academy as sitting governor, and first lady Diana Rauner awarded each honoree a certificate of merit, a medal of Lincoln and a $1,000 check provided by sponsors.
The 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. The schools select the laureates.
“By recognizing deserving students who are honoring the principles 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,” Stephanie Pace Marshall, chancellor of The Lincoln Academy, stated in the release.