Dylan Warren (center) with The Honorable Ronald Dean Spears, vice chancellor of The Lincoln Academy, and Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, chancellor of The Lincoln Academy. Photo courtesy of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.)
Dylan Warren (center) with The Honorable Ronald Dean Spears, vice chancellor of The Lincoln Academy, and Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, chancellor of The Lincoln Academy. (Photo courtesy of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.)

Dylan Warren, a Roosevelt University senior paralegal studies major, political science minor, and Honors program member, was appointed a Student Laureate for The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, Class of 2018.

Warren accepted his award at a ceremony held at the State of Illinois Old State Capitol in Springfield on Nov. 17.

The Lincoln Academy was established in 1964 to recognize distinguished students attending Illinois institutions of higher learning. An outstanding senior from each four-year Illinois college or university is honored annually. The academy recognizes “Lincoln-hearted men and women” as great citizens for today and tomorrow.

In being awarded the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion, Warren shows how he exemplifies the spirit of Lincoln’s ideals of citizenship and service.

“There are few feelings that can compare to the humbling effect of realizing one’s own place in the world and their ability to change it, something I believe Lincoln understood,” Warren said. “I look forward to exiting Roosevelt with those commitments and values in the forefront of my mind as I try to live true to the University’s mission: ‘…to create socially conscious citizens who are leaders in their professions and their communities.’”

Warren is an exemplary student scholar and leader. He maintains a 3.88 GPA and plans to pursue opportunities in litigation while exploring graduate school opportunities following his graduation from Roosevelt in May. Dylan transferred to Roosevelt from Kankakee Community College, is a recipient of a Roosevelt University Presidential Scholarship, and is a member of the University’s Honors program.

“Dylan has distinguished himself as a model of both curricular and extracurricular excellence,” said Professor Marjorie Jolles, director of the Honors program. “Last spring, Dylan was one of only five students admitted to a competitive research-intensive seminar at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Dylan’s presentation was so impressive that I asked him to lead a workshop for current honors student thesis writers.”

“In addition to Dylan’s outstanding academic achievements, his extracurricular pursuits are equally impressive,” said Carrie Lausen, director of Roosevelt’s paralegal studies program. Warren has worked as a paralegal for the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office and for the law firm Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered as a project assistant. He was also a volunteer paralegal for the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.

“We congratulate Dylan on this award and take pride in his many achievements at Roosevelt,” Lausen said. “And we look forward to hearing many more stories of his success in the future.”

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