Each fall, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois awards a student laureate award to a student from each four-year university in the state. Jeanette Kyle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, has been named the NLU recipient this year.
She’ll travel to Springfield on Nov. 7 to receive the award from the Academy, whose president is Gov. Bruce Rauner.
In her application for the award, Kyle wrote she has earned a 3.84 GPA and is secretary for the NLU chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success, an honor society.
Kyle has worked for 13 years as a juvenile justice supervisor for the Illinois Youth Center, an Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice youth center in St. Charles.
She plans to graduate in June 2016 and pursue graduate school.
“I have a passion to help the youth,” she wrote. “Recently, I received a promotion to supervisor on December 1, 2015.
“Being a part of National Louis has helped me to think critically and to become a better person.”
She also credits the NLU honor society’s Success Networking Team for helping her achieve her promotion.
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to recognizing contributions made by living Illinoisans. The Academy administers the Order of Lincoln, the highest award given by the State of Illinois. Each year several people (known as Lincoln Laureates) are presented the award. The organization also gives an annual Student Laureate award to one student from each four-year degree-granting institution of higher learning in Illinois, as well as one student from the state’s community colleges.