Judson Senior Matt Langton Honored as Lincoln Laureate
(Elgin, IL - November 28, 2012) Senior special education student Matt Langton, a Marengo, Ill., native, has been named the Judson Student Lincoln Laureate, an honor bestowed on the school's top senior. The Student Lincoln Laureate is an annual honor given to a top senior from each of the state of Illinois's public and private colleges and universities who exhibits distinct academic and extracurricular excellence.
Langton first came to Judson after learning of the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the women's softball team, and soon after learned of the new Special Education program that was being established. He has coached softball alongside Head Coach Becky Stenning at Judson for three years as he has earned his education, and he says that coaching was one of his favorite parts of being at Judson.
"Coaching has helped me to grow in many different ways. I think it has made me a more mature, well-rounded citizen," he says. "The team has provided me with a lot of memories through our successes and downfalls. My experience here would not have been the same had I not been apart of this group of people."
Langton says that being taught by Education Professor Julie O'Hara was another favorite part of his time at Judson.
"She has been a huge inspiration to me professionally and personally. She always has had my best interests in mind, along with Dr. Kathleen Miller, and never gave me the easy way out. I appreciate that more than I can even tell them," says Langton.
Langton will be the first student to graduate from Judson's Learning Behavior Specialist program on Saturday, December 8. He says he is currently applying for teaching positions.
Langton and the other Student Lincoln Laureates were honored at a ceremony on Saturday, November 2 at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, Ill.