Lincoln Laureate Awarded to Student Jeremy Kwitschau Annual honor goes to a top student at each four-year university

Gov. Bruce Rauner, at right, and First Lady Diana Rauner award NLU student Jeremy Kwitschau the Student Lincoln Laureate for 2017. Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall of the Lincoln Academy is at left.

Each year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a nonprofit organization,  honors one graduating senior from each four-year university in the state as its student Lincoln Laureate. The student must have excelled in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Jeremy Kwitschau of Batavia is representing National Louis University as its 2017-18 Lincoln Laureate. Kwitschau  is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement.  He traveled to Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 11 to receive his certificate of merit, Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check. Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner presented the awards to Illinois’ top students in the Old State Capitol Historic Site.

Kwitschau maintains a 3.88 GPA in his studies, and has demonstrated  leadership skills in  his academic and professional lives and as a volunteer in his community.

Professionally, he started his career as a technician, specializing in fiber optics. He advanced to  journeyman and then foreman, leading small crews.

He moved into management at Exelon, where he works as a  team lead analyst in the utility communications group. This year, Kwitschau was nominated by management to participate in Exelon’s Emerging Leaders program, based on his past performance and demonstration of leadership. He will complete the program in April.

Kwitschau tries to lead through example to demonstrate the importance of education and helping others.  He volunteers at his church, serving on the board of trustees, helping to set up the first budget and managing issues such as monitoring and controlling finances.

He and his wife have been temporary foster parents for children, demonstrating  the importance of helping those in need.