Shannon Engmann recognized as a top student with statewide honor


Reflecting on this prestigious honor, Shannon Engmann '24 expressed profound gratitude and excitement upon learning of their selection.

"It's truly an honor to be chosen among such outstanding peers. I'm humbled to follow in the footsteps of previous Lincoln Laureates from IC."

Originally from Mt. Zion, Illinois, Engmann has stood out for her exceptional dedication to academics and significant contributions to the campus community. Pursuing dual majors in Biology (ecology) and Spanish, Engmann embodies a commitment to excellence and leadership, mirroring the legacy of Lincoln Laureates before them.

During Engmann's tenure at Illinois College, her involvement extended beyond academics. Engaging actively in the Women's soccer team, IC Honors Program, and assuming significant roles as Hall Director in Residential Life, Student Senate College and External Affairs Committee Chair, Student Ambassador, and Entomology Lab Teaching Assistant, Engmann exemplifies a dedication to holistic growth and leadership.

In alignment with Lincoln's ethos of service to the community, Engmann emphasized the importance of service projects and community engagement. She highlighted experiences in service organizations and international travel, acknowledging the profound impact of small actions on the community.

Lawrence Zettler, Hitchcock Professor of Biology, played a pivotal role in shaping her academic experience. Engmann lauded Dr. Zettler's guidance, engaging teaching methods, and their role in broadening horizons and influencing future aspirations.

Looking ahead, Engmann plans to pursue a master's degree in a field of biology or zoology, echoing a commitment to advancing knowledge and contributing to society. Her aspirations align with a vision of service, seeking opportunities to integrate community healthcare initiatives into her future career.

Engmann's advice to future students echoes their own enriching experience: "Seize every opportunity, explore new horizons, and savor the journey. Four years fly by, so make the most of every moment!"

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About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932, the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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