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Andrea L. Wydra chosen Lincoln Laureate

Prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois award

Chicago (Oct. 23, 2006) – Saint Xavier University senior Andrea L. Wydra has been selected to receive the 2006 Student Laureate Award by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The award is granted each fall to an outstanding senior from each four-year degree-granting institution of higher learning in Illinois.

Wydra, of Midlothian, was chosen for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. An English major with minors in secondary education and communication sciences and disorders, she is a member of the Saint Xavier University honors program and a presidential scholar with a 3.91 grade point average, earning her a place on the Dean’s List every semester. 

“Andrea exhibits the core values of Saint Xavier University, especially service to the greater community, compassion for those in need, and academic excellence,” said Barbara W. Costello, assistant vice president for student affairs. “She clearly demonstrates the qualities of the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award.” 

Wydra is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and serves as president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. As a recipient of a Dean’s Fellowship, she is currently immersed in a project on adolescent literary interpretation. 

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Wydra serves as a student ambassador, giving tours to prospective students and assisting at commencement and other university events. She is a valuable leader in Campus Ministry and was selected to be a peer minister for a second year, serving as an excellent example to other students of how to be an effective leader. 

Wydra also serves as vice president of Service Club, having previously served as secretary. Her most frequent volunteer activities have focused on children with developmental disabilities and special needs. She has worked with a shelter for families to coordinate volunteer tutoring opportunities for Saint Xavier University students. An accomplished dancer, she also choreographed a special dance for girls at an inner-city elementary school.   

Wydra will be recognized at an Oct. 28 award ceremony in the Hall of Representatives of the Old State Capitol in Springfield.   

Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a comprehensive Catholic university serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park. The University offers 35 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing, with day, evening and weekend courses to fit busy schedules.


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