EUREKA, Ill. — Rachel Smith of Washington was selected as Eureka College’s recipient of the 2017 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, campus leadership and extracurricular activities among Illinois college and university seniors.
Smith was honored Nov. 11 during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. It was the 43rd year the Lincoln Academy celebrated student excellent in Illinois.
Interim Provost and Dean of the College Dr. Ann Fulop accompanied Smith to the event. Governor Bruce Rauner, the President of the Lincoln Academy and First Lady Diana Rauner presented each student with a certificate of merit, a Lincoln medallion and a cash award from The Lincoln Academy. A total of 56 students received the award.
Smith has served the College as Assistant to the Director of Alumni Relations Shellie Schwanke since August 2017. In her role, she has promoted alumni events via social media and email communications, assisted in the planning and execution of homecoming events and collaborated on the department’s monthly Maroon & Gold newsletter.
In addition to her role ‘Neath the Elms, Smith has served in a variety of roles with Five Points Washington, United Methodist Church and other non-profit organizations. Her collaboration with the Washington Illinois Area Foundation (WIAF) raised more than $25,000 for a local school district.
Smith will graduate from Eureka College in May 2018. She has been named to EC’s Dean’s List in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.