November 08, 2018Storey honored as Lincoln Academy student laureate
by Hannah Erickson
CARBONDALE, Ill. — According to her professors, Andrea Storey does not have an off button. Her unquenchable drive and passion are the key things that landed her a spot as winner of the 2018 Lincoln Academy of Illinois student laureate award for Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Storey, a senior from Elk Grove, Illinois is pursuing a double major in Spanish education in the College of Education and Human Services, and linguistics, with a concentration in English as a second language, in the College of Liberal Arts. She first came to campus in 2015 after receiving SIU’s most prestigious award; the Chancellor’s Scholarship. She currently holds a 3.93 GPA and serves as a leader in student life on campus while also working multiple jobs and expanding herself through travel and volunteerism.
In recognition of her excellent academic and extra-curricular success, she will receive the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award at the 44th annual Student Laureate Convocation Nov. 17 in the Old State Capital in Springfield.
Award recognizes student leaders in Illinois
Each four-year university in Illinois nominates one outstanding senior student for the prestigious award, along with one student representing all of the community colleges. From SIU, each college nominated one individual for evaluation by the faculty in the honors program, with Storey eventually chosen as the university wide representative.
After having Storey in two classes, Katherine Martin, assistant professor of linguistics at SIU, knew something was different about the high-achieving senior.
“She is very impressive in the amount of stuff she has done and the quality she has done it with,” Martin said. “I’ve had her in two different classes, and she is just an outstanding student.”
The combination of Storey’s academic excellence, along with her wide service to the community, made her a perfect fit for the esteemed award, …