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Holt named MC's Student Laureate

Barry McNamara
11/02/2011
Alex Holt, a Monmouth College senior from Evanston, will be one of approximately 50 students honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois on Nov. 5 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

Each year, an outstanding senior who exhibits overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular programs is selected 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 small 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.

“Alex Holt’s outstanding contributions both inside and outside the classroom made him the clear Lincoln Laureate choice,” said Jacquelyn Condon, MC’s vice president for student life and dean of students. “An outstanding student, Alex has held a number of important cocurricular leadership positions outside the classroom which have resulted in important contributions to campus life.”

Holt currently serves as president of the Associated Students of Monmouth College (ASMC), which is MC’s student government organization, and he was its treasurer as a junior. A member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Holt has served as chapter president and vice president of finance, and he is also the head resident of Graham Hall. An English major and Honors Program participant, Holt helped found MC’s Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, and he holds the title of head editor this year. Holt, who is also minoring in classics and business, is a member of several honor societies, including Mortar Board, and his awards have included the Freshman Man of the Year in 2009 and the Philip J. Wheeler Prize in Literature earlier this year.

As Monmouth’s Lincoln Laureate, Holt will be asked to address his graduating class at the 2012 commencement. He is the son of Christopher Holt of Fox River Grove and Jean Rhodes of Evanston.

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.