The McKendrean: Official Magazine of McKendree University - Winter 2022

Jessica Hoffmann is our 2021 Student Laureate

Jessica HoffmannJessica Hoffmann, who excels in mathematics and nurtures a passion for helping others, is our 2021 Student Lincoln Laureate. The Lincoln Academy awards the State of Illinois’ highest student honor for leadership, service and excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities, and Jessica more than fits the bill.

“Jessica exemplifies the characteristics of a Student Laureate,” said Dr. Alan Alewine, associate provost. “She is passionate about her future work as a high school mathematics teacher, and it is certain that she will be a devoted mentor for the young people under her supervision.”

The newly-graduated secondary education mathematics major from Belleville, Ill., was a highly active member of the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service on campus, participating in and even coordinating numerous service projects. Two of her favorite service projects include volunteering at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home and Without Limits Dance Company, both in Lebanon. “It feels good to bring joy to someone’s life,” Jessica said. “It’s also important to remain open-minded because the people one serves will often help someone right back. Everyone has a story to tell and a lesson to share, and these are what I love to share with the people I volunteer for when giving back.”

As a student, Jessica was a member of the McKendree varsity women’s soccer team, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Zeta, Phi Eta Sigma and Pi Mu Epsilon. Her true passion lies in mathematics and teaching her future students problem-solving skills. “Math is tricky, yet rewarding, and that is something I wish to share with today’s youth,” she said. “I want to make class enjoyable so that my students enjoy coming and can later become successful adults.”