USF social work major named Student Laureate for 2011-2012

margaret MottoUniversity of St. Francis senior Margaret Motto is a true leader. Motto, of New Lenox, recently was honored for her leadership and commitment to the university’s core values by being named as the university’s Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for 2011-2012.

Motto presented with the Student Laureate Medallion and a certificate of achievement on Nov. 5 at 37th Student Laureate Award Ceremony held at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. “Margaret was selected because of her high academic achievement, her involvement in a number of student organizations and her involvement in the community,” said Dean of Students Damon Sloan. “In addition to being an accomplished student and active leader, Margaret is a strong person of faith and has a heart of gold.”

Motto, a social work major, said she was “extremely honored” to be named as the university’s laureate. “I have always tried to do my best to use the gifts and talents God gave me to help others and contribute in any way I can at school, home and in my community,” she said. “I have been very blessed and giving back has brought me much joy in my life.”

During her studies at USF, Motto has participated in numerous student clubs and organizations, including Theology on Campus, Pro-Life Club and Saints Ambassadors Corps, while actively participating in a variety of community service efforts. She recently spent 10 months in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps accumulating more than 1,200 service hours.

Motto is scheduled to graduate in May and plans to find a job where she can apply her social work degree and theology minor.

“I look forward to what the future has in store,” Motto said.

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois annually honors one member from the senior class of each of the 50 four-year, degree granting institutions in Illinois for his/her overall excellence in both curricular and extracurricular activities. Other USF students who were nominated for this prestigious award were Kristy Legerski, of Crest Hill, and Paulina Martinez, of Joliet.