Duane Bonifer  |   Published November 03, 2016

Student Laureate

Vanderpool receives prestigious honor from The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
  • Emma Vanderpool ’17 (pictured here with Monmouth College President Clarence R. Wyatt) has been named Monmouth’s 2016-17 Lincoln Laureate.
To say that Monmouth College student Emma Vanderpool ’17 is an overachiever would be an understatement.

The senior from Frankfort, Ill., is majoring in Latin, classics and history and minoring in philosophy. A member of the College’s honors program, she has earned numerous awards and honors for her scholarship.

And now add Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois to her résumé. Vanderpool was recently named Monmouth’s 2016-17 Lincoln Laureate based on her academic accomplishments and leadership on campus.

Vanderpool was the first student in the 38-year history of the National Latin Exam to receive seven consecutive gold medals, and one of her research projects was published as an article in the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research.

“It really means a lot to me to be a Lincoln Laureate because when I came to Monmouth College, I came specifically to study under (classics professor) Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz to study the classics,” she said. “And in doing so, I was very much aware of the strong tradition of excellence I was entering into. So to be able to carry on that legacy in such a way is very meaningful to me.”

Vanderpool plans to attend graduate school after she graduates from Monmouth and then become a Latin teacher.

“The real strength in the Monmouth College Classics Department is the interest it takes in its students,” she said. “Not all students come to Monmouth with the intention of studying the classics, but the Classics Department here makes every effort to allow students to incorporate it into their studies. … It’s a great example of what the liberal arts is.”

In addition to earning outstanding grades and helping lead several student organizations, Vanderpool was drum major for the Fighting Scots Marching Band this school year.

“Serving as drum major has allowed me to have a greater impact on students and share my experiences in a way that I would have necessarily gotten just as a senior or as an upperclassman,” she said. “The opportunities that I’ve been provided here by all the faculty and staff are things that I never could have imagined before coming here.”
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