CUC student honored by Lincoln Academy of Illinois for outstanding achievements
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois honored Concordia University Chicago senior, Adam Carnehl, during the 37th annual Student Laureate Convocation for exemplifying excellence in academics and extracurricular activities.
Carnehl received the Student Laureate Award during the convocation Nov. 5 in the Hall of Representatives at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. He was also presented with a Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Carnehl. “As a student, trying to acquire as much knowledge about philosophy and differing world views as possible, I truly value and appreciate the mentoring, personal attention and friendship I received from several of my professors at Concordia.”
Each year, The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented to one senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in the state of Illinois. Students, parents and the university president from each participating institution are invited to attend the Student Laureate Convocation.
Carnehl was selected by Concordia-Chicago faculty members based on his strong academic achievements and meeting the criteria of earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale and demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities.
“Each year, the University’s faculty vote to select Concordia’s Student Laureate,” said H. Robert Hayes, PhD, CUC professor of political science and philosophy and chair of the election process.
“I have been conducting the election process since 1987 and feel Adam was simply THE best person to have been selected this year. Despite being an active leader on campus and maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Adam is so modest he can’t believe he was selected for this award.”
A graduate of Palatine High School, Carnehl was named a Concordia University Chicago President’s Honor Scholar in 2008. He was among five high-achieving incoming freshmen students who received a full-tuition scholarship.
Carnehl is enrolled in the University’s honors program, and will graduate in December with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and a minor in theology. In the fall of 2012, he will attend Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Throughout his past three years at CUC Carnehl served as a spiritual leader in Concordia Youth Ministry and in residence hall ministry; was an advocate and active participant in Feed My Starving Children; co-founded Man Church, an organization dedicated to educating college men to live more spiritual and godly lives; and was a member of every intramural sports team on campus.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
Concordia University Chicago was named as the second fastest growing campus among private nonprofit master’s institutions nationally by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Almanac Edition. For the third consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at www.CUChicago.edu.
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