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Brown named Lincoln  Academy Student Laureate

Saint Xavier University student Darryl Brown Jr. Mattesstands with SXU president Christine M. Wiseman. | Supplied Photo

Saint Xavier University student Darryl Brown Jr., of Matteson, stands with SXU president Christine M. Wiseman. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: January 17, 2013 6:04AM



St. Xavier University student Darryl Brown Jr., of Matteson, recently received a Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in honor of his curricular and extracurricular achievements.

Brown, a senior triple-majoring in biology, chemistry and Spanish, was honored at the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

“I really appreciate everything that St. Xavier has done for me, and I am honored to represent St. Xavier as this year’s Lincoln Laureate,” Brown said. “The ceremony at the state capitol taught me a lot more about Abraham Lincoln.

“While I feel familiar with some of his accomplishments, some of his failures were highlighted. I think that this helped illustrate that most successful people are not born; rather, they push through the struggles to achieve their goals.”

Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois.

At the Student Laureate Convocation, each honoree received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

This marked the 38th year that students have been honored by the Academy.

Brown is a laboratory assistant in the chemistry department and serves as a supplemental instruction leader for organic chemistry.

He also is involved with undergraduate research in biochemistry and has presented locally and regionally.

Brown has been involved in the Student Government Association for five years, serves as a resident assistant, and is a member of the National Biology Honor Society Beta Beta Beta and the American Chemical Society.

Brown also volunteers with LaRabida Children’s Hospital, serves as an intern at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center and Health Center, and attended a 2010 service trip to volunteer at Global Medical Brigades in Honduras.

Brown plans to attend medical school next fall.

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