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New Douglas woman honored by Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Blackburn College senior and Lincoln Laureate Sarah Collman smiles for a photo with Mark Hopping, cross country coach, at the awards presentation and luncheon held at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Blackburn College senior and Lincoln Laureate Sarah Collman smiles for a photo with Mark Hopping, cross country coach, at the awards presentation and luncheon held at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, Nov. 7. Courtesy photo

Blackburn College student Sarah Collman of New Douglas was one of 55 college students honored on Nov. 7 by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

“Civic engagement, as exemplified by President Lincoln, is crucial to our democracy and the process of our government,” said Gov. Rauner in announcing this year’s honorees. “The young men and women receiving this recognition today embody the spirit of President Lincoln through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.”

The Lincoln Academy’s Abraham Lincoln 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. 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 was the 41st year Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.

Collman, a double major in communications and marketing, is also the and editor of Blackburn’s student newspaper, The ’Burnian. She is the daughter of Dennis and Nancy Collman and a graduate of Staunton High School.

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