Two locals to be honored among state’s top college students

Online Staff Report

Two Rockford-area college students will be recognized by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Saturday, Nov. 1.

Roscoe, Illinois, resident Allison A. Jackson, a student at Rockford University, and Rockford resident David C. Lynch, a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will both be honored during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m., Nov. 1, at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. The academy recognizes the state’s top students who are at the top of their class.

I want to commend these students for their hard work, both in the classroom and in their communities,” Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said. “Their achievement and dedication attests to the value of higher education in Illinois, and the high-quality students our schools produce.”

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 the community colleges in Illinois.

At the Student Laureate Convocation, each student will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement.

This is the 40th year Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois. The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established more than 50 years ago to honor distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 52nd Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Illinois State Capitol in Chicago.

Posted Oct. 31, 2014

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