St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Acadia Reynolds Receives Illinois’ Highest University Award

Acadia Reynolds Receives Illinois’ Highest University Award

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

St. John the Baptist Parish – Acadia Reynolds, a Reserve native, was recently recognized by Parish President Natalie Robottom for receiving the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award – the state of Illinois’ highest honor – for her excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.  Reynolds is a student at McKendree University, where she is studying to become an elementary school teacher.

Every year, the Lincoln Academy presents this award to an outstanding scholar from each Illinois College and University who shows commitment to civic engagement and social justice issues.

Reynolds, the daughter of Catherine Reynolds and the niece of District II Councilwoman Julia Remondet, “exemplified the characteristics of a successful School of Education major, that of a caring practitioner, lifelong learner and knowledgeable professional,” according to Dr. Christine Bahr, University Dean. 

In 2015, Acadia received national recognition for her commitment to community service. She was named a Newman Civic Fellow, one of 201 student leaders chosen by the Campus Compact, a coalition of 1,100 college and university presidents. As a sophomore, she was selected for the university’s Student Hall of Fame.

 “I am thrilled to be moving into a career in Elementary education, where I hope to give students a foundation upon which they feel they can achieve anything they set their mind to,” Reynolds stated. “I would like to encourage high school students to seek out experiences and opportunities which they could both travel and learn simultaneously. Not only will the experience incredibly widen your world of you and potential educational Avenues, but it will also bring them a chance to understand themselves and their own culture on a deeper level.”

Acadia works closely with the university to create innovative and successful new community service ideas and outreach.  As a Young Feminists president, she has coordinated events to promote awareness of domestic and sexual violence. Councilwoman Remondet said, “She was involved in as many school activities as possible.  Acadia would not only join but showed an ability to lead and turn any activity into a learning experience.” “We feel this award is a testament to her dedication to her education and university.”

President Robottom added, “We are very proud of Acadia’s accomplishments and civic engagment. It is with great pleasure that we recognize her and continue to support her in her future endeavors as a shining star from St. John the Baptist Parish.”