The top students representing Illinois’ colleges and universities were honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation Saturday, November 17 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.
Among those honored was Greenville University student Emily Ann Gaffner, selected to receive the honor by GU President, Dr. Ivan Filby. Filby noted Emily’s academic acumen as a double Biology and Chemistry major made her stand out in this year’s class.
Gaffner has been a member of the Greenville Student Government Association leadership team at Greenville University and has been involved in the GU Factory Theatre and Improvisational team. She currently works as an EMT at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.
Emily is the daughter of Alan and Lori Gaffner of Greenville.
Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the state’s four-year degree-granting colleges and universities and one student from the community colleges in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Each student was presented with a certificate of merit signed by the governor, a Lincoln medallion, and a $1,000 check.