Medora Sweet (second from left) was named a student laureate to Illinois' Lincoln Academy. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke at the convocation in November.

Medora Sweet (second from left) was named a student laureate to Illinois’ Lincoln Academy. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (second from right) spoke at the convocation in November.

Medora Sweet, a 2013 graduate of Como Park Senior High School and a senior at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., was named a student laureate of the Lincoln Academy.

Each year, the Lincoln Academy awards one senior from each four- year institution in the state the student laureate honor. The recipients are nominated by the academic trustee from each respective institution.

Sweet’s award includes a $1,000 scholarship. Sweet was nominated by Lake Forest College President Stephen D. Schutt.

At the convocation on Nov. 12, held at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said, “President Lincoln’s legacy is a reminder of the power of public service and civic engagement here in Illinois and across the country. 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.”

Sweet, the child of Mary Lou and Michael Sweet of St. Anthony Park, is a studio art major with a minor in digital media design.

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