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Breanne Bambrick honored as Olivet's 2013 Lincoln Laureate

Posted: Nov 25, 2013


"By celebrating the Great Citizens of Today and encouraging the Great Citizens of Tomorrow, the Academy acknowledges that our state and nation continue to need what Vachel Lindsay called 'Lincoln-hearted' men and women." (From the statement of purpose at the Lincoln Academy of Illinois) (submitted photo)


“Bre embodies quality leadership, and exemplifies it with a strong work ethic and unwavering character.” (Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development) (submitted photo)

Before Olivet senior Breanne Bambrick’s community in Washington, Ill. was severely damaged by a tornado on November 17, she was honored as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Bre was presented the award on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 alongside 52 other students in a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

The Student Laureate distinction is meant to recognize outstanding seniors for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. As an honoree, Bre received the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium and a certificate of achievement.

“It does not surprise me that Breanne would be selected to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “She embodies quality leadership, and exemplifies it with a strong work ethic and unwavering character.”

Bre, a social work major, has established her reputation as a leader through activities inside and outside the classroom. This academic year, Bre serves as student body president, after two years of serving as student body vice president of student relations. She is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, University Honors Program, Olivet’s social work club, Diakonia, and Compassionate Ministries.

In addition to her on-campus involvement, Bre and parents, Mike and Alecia, have helped plant Connect Church in Washington, Ill. Although her family home was not damaged in the tornado, Bre is standing in faith with her community that they will continue to remain strong through the relief and rebuilding efforts.

Last October, Bre co-presented her Honors capstone project, “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping,” with Dr. Houston Thompson, dean of the School of Professional Studies, at the 2012 North American Association for Christians in Social Work Convention. The presentation covered how to better prepare clergy for responding to macro-crises.

“Bre is an exceptional learner who demonstrates a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence,” Dr. Thompson said. “She is competent and capable of accomplishing anything to which she sets her heart and mind.”

“I am excited to be associated with those who have received the award before me, and to know that my legacy will have a place as well,” Bre said. “The support I have received from my parents and faculty has been foundational in my personal and professional development.”

Acres that comprise Olivet's beautiful, park-like campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois