Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon (left) congratulates Ricca Louissaint on being named GSU Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 23, 2014 6:07AM
Each year, an outstanding senior from each four-year Illinois college that grants degrees is named a student laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Governors State University’s 2013 Lincoln laureate is Ricca Louissaint, of South Holland. Louissaint exemplifies the characteristics of Lincoln laureates, chosen for their commitment to the principles of democracy and humanity as embodied by Abraham Lincoln, according to a press release from GSU.
Louissaint was honored for her outstanding contributions to the GSU community and commitment to helping her fellow students.
In November, Louissaint and the other Illinois student laureates participated in a ceremony recognizing their achievement at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Accompanying her at the ceremony were members of her family and Terri Christiansen, visiting professor of psychology.
Louissaint is studying for her bachelor of arts in psychology. She is a dedicated peer mentor, helping guide fellow students who are working to earn degrees at both community colleges and GSU, according to the press release. In addition to involvement on several student committees, she also serves as a representative from the college of education on the GSU student senate and is president of the psychology club.
Louissaint is the mother of three children. She is a strong advocate for them and other children in their schools.
After graduation next spring, Louissaint plans to attend law school and pursue a career in law and ultimately secure a judgeship.
“I intend to take the time now to reach my goals and have a career in law, based on compassion and fair and balanced judgment,” Louissaint said. “I always want to give back and to advocate for others.”