The Lincoln Academy of Illinois named Quincy University senior, Mary Argana, of Festus Mo., a recipient of the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award for 2019. The award is presented to a senior from each four-year college or university in Illinois who demonstrates excellence in the classroom and leadership throughout the campus and community. Argana was honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation on Saturday, November 16, at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill.

Argana is a political science major, a member of the concert and chamber choirs and is a resident director on campus. Argana has been very involved on campus, serving on the presidential search committee, the campus activity board, criminal justice society as well as a mock trial team captain and student government co-president.  In addition to her leadership roles on campus, Argana has volunteered at Big Brother Big Sister, Shady Oaks Nursing Home and served on several mission trips to Biloxi Miss. She is currently in the process of applying to law school for fall 2020.

“I plan to further my knowledge of law while developing my understanding of the legislative system,” said Argana. “Following law school, I will pursue a career in legislative work. I am passionate about our nation’s constitution and the principles it was founded upon.”

Each student was presented with a certificate of merit signed by the governor, a Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check. This is the 45th year The Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University ( is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.