Fifty-two students from various colleges in Illinois were honored last Saturday in Springfield by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Among them, was Jessica Thompson from Troy, who was named this year's recipient of the Student Laureate Award for SIUE. Thompson was honored based upon her achievements in the classroom and her impressive list of extra curricular activities, which includes memberships with several student organizations and other volunteer work around the area.
Thompson credits her success to the way she has viewed failure in the past.
Thompson also says she plans to graduate in May but she isn't sure what the future holds for her just yet. She plans to travel to Istanbul, Turkey over the summer before deciding between a career and pursing a graduate degree.
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a nonprofit organization that recognizes the outstanding contributions made by living Illinois citizens.