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Allaman Honored as Lincoln Laureate

Rachael Allaman with Dr. Teresa Holden

Greenville College elementary education major Rachael Allaman of Oquawka, Ill. was among the college scholars honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at its Student Laureate Convocation in November. Each year, the Lincoln Academy honors select seniors from colleges and universities throughout the state who demonstrate excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. 

Allaman is a College Scholar, a member of the Education Honor Society, and currently has a 4.0 GPA. During her freshman year at Greenville College, she was the sole freshman who joined the college’s service club in East St. Louis called CONNECT 4. Each week she traveled to tutor children and young people at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center. Immediately, she became very popular with the students there. Even as a budding Education major, she exhibited a natural ability to explain things well, to coax thoughtful responses and relate to the many young people she tutored. Throughout her involvement in the ministry, she has existed as the driving force behind the growth of CONNECT 4, serving as president of the club for the past three years.

Since becoming involved in the East St. Louis community, Allaman has since helped to expand the reach of the club so it now serves two non-profits in East St. Louis: The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and the Christian Activity Center. She has also helped write a grant that the club was awarded by Ameren that paid for ACT preparation materials for a group of high school students at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center. The purchase of those materials has allowed Greenville College students to help a group of East St. Louis High School juniors steadily raise their ACT scores. Besides her work as president of the club, Allaman herself has consistently continued to serve every week at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, maintaining her steady presence there for four years.

Beyond her work at Greenville College and the surrounding area, Allaman has followed God’s call and her own heart to the nation of Cameroon for the past three summers. The first summer she spent two weeks. The next she spent four weeks. And finally, this past summer she spent six weeks teaching English to children there. She is uncertain where God wants her to use her Education degree, but in her heart, Cameroon is where she would like to be.

All in all, Rachael is a person who laughs easily and smiles quickly. She is a gift to those who surround her, to the community of East St. Louis, to the children she taught in Cameroon and to Greenville College.

This story was published on December 08, 2014

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