by Farwah Rizvi. Staff Writer
In each graduating class there are a few students who stand out for their achievements. Lina Savickas is someone who does just that. In just four years, she has made a great contribution to the Benedictine community, and for the graduating class of 2013, she has been awarded the Procopian award.
This award is given for consistently outstanding academics and extracurricular achievement while at BenU and is the highest honor given to any graduating senior at Benedictine. The winner of this award gives the closing remarks at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2013.
“I was quite taken aback when I found out – it is truly humbling, and I’m very honored and sincerely thankful to the Honors Committee and everyone – classmates, professors, coaches, teammates, mentors, peers – who has enriched my time at Benedictine and made this honor possible,” Savickas stated.
Savickas was born and raised in the Chicago area. She attended high school nearby at Benet Academy, where she was involved in varsity tennis, the orchestra, and jazz band. When she wasn’t playing tennis, the viola, or the piano, she attended Lithuanian school. Savickas was attracted to BenU because she wanted to go to a small, liberal arts university with a strong science program.
“I was extremely pleased to find that Benedictine not only had a rigorous science program, but eye-opening humanities courses, various extracurricular options, a supportive and inspiring community, and an overall commitment to excellence,” said Savickas.
At BenU, she continued her many passions. She was chosen for the scholars program her freshman year. Savickas continued to play competitive tennis. She has played since freshman year, won a division title in her sophomore year, and was captain of the team twice as an upper classmen.
Savickas chose to major in Biochemistry and got involved in AMSA, Tri-Beta, and the Pre-Optometry club. She has also done research for Dr. Heinz that she started in the summer of 2012.
“I presented our research at the two different conferences this year,” she stated. Finally, she honed her writing ability by working for the Candor as news editor her sophomore year.
Although her time at BenU is ending, Savickas has a bright future ahead of her.
“In the future, I hope to be providing vision care as an optometrist, and I am also eager to volunteer my time and efforts in environmental and human and animal rights activism.” She will always remember BU not just because of the activities but also the people.
“I’ve made some of my best friends here,” She continued to say, “I am sincerely thankful to professors like Dr. Smith, Dr. Heinz, and Professor Birks who have supported and guided me, in their own ways, through my time at Benedictine.”
Clearly, Savickas has left a mark at BenU, and her legacy will be remembered for generations.