Olivet senior Tommy Lambrecht named 2018 Lincoln Student Laureate

Representing Olivet, this youth ministry and history major was recently honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Tommy Lambrecht, a senior at Olivet Nazarene University, was among those honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the 44th annual Student Laureate Convocation on November 17, 2018, at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. Inducted into the Order of Lincoln, Tommy also received the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Certificate.

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As one of the 2018 Student Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and in the spirit of Lincoln, Tommy is honored for his leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

During the ceremony, Governor Bruce Rauner, the president of the Lincoln Academy, and First Lady Diana Rauner presented each student with a certificate of merit, a Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check from The Lincoln Academy.

“It’s been such a pleasure to work with Tommy during his tenure as Olivet’s student body president for two consecutive years,” says Dr. Walter “Woody” Webb, vice president for student development. “He is respected by his peers as well as by faculty and ONU administration. Tommy is well-deserving of this honor. He joins a growing group of highly qualified individuals to be recognized by the governor and The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.” 

Tommy is double majoring in youth ministry and history at Olivet. He is from Fate, Texas, and the son of John and Lynn Lambrecht.

“My life at Olivet has provided me with so many meaningful experiences that have furthered not only my education, but also my relationships with others and with God,” Tommy says. “I owe much of the life I’m living now to my Olivet education.”

While at Olivet, Tommy has served on Associated Student Council as freshman class chaplain, sophomore class chaplain, and two years as student body president; in Argentina, France and Michigan with Missions In Action; and as a resident assistant for Stratford Apartments.

In the local community, Tommy has volunteered at Manteno Church of the Nazarene; conducted many hours of research at the Kankakee County Museum in Kankakee, Illinois; and served as a tutor for high school students with Youth for Christ.

This is the 44th year The Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois. The annual Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Ceremony recognizes excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities by seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from each of the community colleges in Illinois. Student Laureates are selected by their individual schools. 

To learn more about life at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.


Photo courtesy of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.


Published: 11/28/2018