Will Terrill, a Monmouth College senior from North Aurora, is one of an elite group of Illinois college students invited next month to attend the Student Laureate convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
Each year, an outstanding senior who exhibits overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular programs is selected a Student Laureate from each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois. The Student Laureates are awarded a medallion of Lincoln, a certificate of merit and a stipend. They are chosen by the chief executive officers of their respective institutions, who also serve as Academic Trustees of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Terrill will not be able to attend the ceremony, however, as he participating in a study abroad program in India.
An English major, Terrill is a member of the dean’s list and a participant in the college’s Honors Program.
“In addition to being an exemplary student, he has served as chief editor of the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research and house manager for residence life,” said dean of students Jacquelyn Condon. “He has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Monmouth College Educational Garden, a student living and learning community.”
Related to his campus garden experiences, Terrill completed an extensive Honors Program project on establishing an experimental research farm east of campus, and he has served as an intern for Barefoot Gardens Community Supported Agriculture in Macomb.
Per tradition with Monmouth’s Lincoln Laureates, Terrill will address the graduating class at the 2014 commencement. Following graduation, he plans to volunteer for the Peace Corps and work to increase food security and productivity while promoting environmental practices. He is the son of William Terrill of Sandwich and Judith Coates of Sugar Grove.
The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established in 1964 to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The Student Laureate program began in 1975.