Three students from Lincoln Land Community College were recognized for their outstanding achievements in geography at the Illinois Geographical Society’s annual awards banquet.
Garrett Kroeschel of Chatham, Andrew Law of Donnellson, and Brandon Sharp of Pawnee received the Outstanding Community College Student Awards for excelling in one or more geography classes.
Sharp and Kroeschel also participated in the conference’s poster competition, with Sharp’s poster on "Bird Banding: Catching Analysis" winning first place. The poster showcased the data collected at the bird banding station located at Jubilee Farms. Meanwhile, Kroeschel’s project, "The Lincoln Trail: Chicago’s History of Working Class Life and Struggle," presented data from a paper brochure in a digital map format.
Kroeschel will be pursuing a degree in business information systems at Illinois State University in the fall, while Law is currently majoring in geography at LLCC and is set to graduate in December. Sharp will also be continuing his education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, majoring in computer science and minoring in geographic information systems.
The Illinois Geographical Society, which was founded in 1938, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the study of geography and promoting the importance of geographic knowledge in education, research, and public policy. Each year, the society presents awards to outstanding students and professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of geography.