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Lincoln Academy of Illinois honors Trinity’s Maggie Kirst

Trinity CommunicationsNovember 12, 2017

Maggie Kirst, a senior elementary education major from Galena, has received an Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Kirst accepted her honor, commonly known as the Lincoln Laureate award, during a ceremony Nov. 11 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. She received a certificate of merit, a medal depicting the likeness of Lincoln, and a $1,000 check.

“I am beyond humbled and thrilled to be the recipient of the 2017 Lincoln Laureate Award,” Kirst said. “It truly is a great honor and there were so many other deserving candidates. All glory be to Christ alone.”

For the past 43 years, the awards have been presented “for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities,” according to a news release from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. One senior from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities receives the annual award, as well as one student from the community colleges in Illinois.

“President Lincoln’s legacy is a reminder of the power of public service and civic engagement here in Illinois and across the country,” Governor Bruce Rauner said. “The students chosen to receive this honor have exemplified the principles and ideals of the greatest Illinoisan through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.”

Kirst maintains a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average, holds the prestigious Kantzer Scholarship, and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an honors club for education majors.

During her time as a student at Trinity, she has served with the Illinois School Project. Each week, she works with high school students in public schools, serving as a mentor and helping them to start Christian clubs on their campuses.

She also is active in the Emerging Leaders program, and served as a student coach at the organization’s inaugural Leadership Institute in summer 2016.

“I intend to graduate this May,” Kirst said. “I am excited to put into practice all that I have learned at Trinity by integrating my Christian calling with my vocation of teaching in a cross-cultural setting.”

“Maggie cares deeply about people–you can see it on her face,” Assistant Professor of Education Susan Corapi said. “She learns from everyone and everything! She positions herself as a learner in all her interactions.”

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