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Contorno selected Lincoln Laureate at Illinois Wesleyan


Photo: Lauren Contorno of Elburn, a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, is honored as a Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a special ceremony Nov. 5 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Joining her is Illinois Wesleyan’s Frank Boyd Jr. Courtesy Photo

The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities among college seniors

Contorno and 50 fellow student laureates were honored in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. Accompanied to the event by Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Standards Frank Boyd, Contorno received a Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

Contorno is a political science major at IWU, and in the spring of 2011, she studied in a general studies program at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. This past summer, she was a Catastrophe Services Intern at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, where she researched and wrote an extensive report detailing the correlation between climate change and severe storm trends and its possible effects on the insurance industry. Contorno, among other responsibilities, also wrote an all-department summary outlining State Farm’s catastrophe response plan.

Contorno, who has been a participant in the Action Research Seminar in Bloomington, has interned at Marcfirst in Normal, where she collaborated with staff to expand and finalize the curriculum for the School to Work Program for developmentally disabled high school students. She also wrote a grant for funding of the School to Work Program and developed a method to measure and track the success of the program.

Student Laureate Contorno honored at Old State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD—Lauren Contorno of Elburn, a student at Illinois Wesleyan University, will be among the outstanding senior college students honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. Each student at the Laureate Convocation will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 47 years ago to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 48th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place next April at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

IWU announces spring 2010 dean’s list

The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2009-10 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Local students include Lauren Contorno and Anna Rossi of Elburn; and John Konovodoff and Madison Schaefer, both of Sugar Grove.

To be on the dean’s list, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the semester, based on 4.0 for straight A’s.