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Huff is Student Laureate

Barry McNamara
10/22/2010
Derek Huff, a Monmouth College senior from Edmonds, Wash., will be one of approximately 50 students honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois on Nov. 6 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 students are awarded a medallion of Lincoln, a certificate of merit and a small stipend and thereby become a Student Laureate. They are chosen by the chief executive officers of their respective institutions, who also serve as Academic Trustees of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

“Derek Huff’s contributions to Monmouth College have been many,” said Jacquelyn Condon, MC’s vice president for student life and dean of students. “Chief among them has been his rich involvement in the academic program, whether here on campus as a classics major or studying abroad. In addition, Derek has been a founder of a number of very active and important groups on campus”

A classics and Latin major, Huff helped create three campus organizations and currently holds leadership positions in two of them. He was a founding member of the new fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, is the founder and co-chair of Students Organized for Drinking Alternatives (SODA) and is president of the Liberal Legion. Huff has been a member of MC’s residence life team for three years, including two as a head resident. He has served as the treasurer of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and as a member of the Associated Students of Monmouth College, the student governing body. Huff has also participated in off-campus study programs in Romania and Italy and is a curatorial intern for the James Christie Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities.

Huff is the son of Albert Huff and Marla Miller of Edmonds and is the nephew of Monmouth alumni Donald Huff ’53 and Walter Huff ’56. As Monmouth’s Lincoln Laureate, he will be asked to give an address to his graduating class at the 2011 commencement.

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.