Maisch, along with student representatives from various colleges and universities
in Illinois, was honored at the 47th annual ceremony, held via Zoom, by the Lincoln
Academy of Illinois. The ceremony recognizes excellence in curricular and extracurricular
activities from seniors of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities
who display “Lincoln-hearted” qualities.
“Abraham Lincoln said it best: 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' As I leave my time
in higher education and move on to the next chapters of my life, it is these words
that I will carry with me as a lifelong Lincoln Academy Student Laureate,” said Maisch.
“The Lincoln Academy is creating a community of individuals who have a reaffirmed
commitment to excellence both in the classroom and out in the community. I believe
the true essence of the Lincoln Leadership legacy is the idea of creating a community
of leaders and advocates that go out into the world and do good."
Maisch is a double major in economics and Hispanic studies, with a minor in public
administration. He has also been a student leader outside of the classroom.
Maisch has served on the Student Senate since 2018, most recently as president in
2021. He has been an advocate for sexual violence prevention, drug and alcohol abuse
prevention and mental health awareness. He has also served as vice president of Illinois
Wesleyan’s chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon and was a leader on the Interfraternity Council,
which allowed him to work closely with faculty and staff offices/committees for the
betterment of the entire campus.
Also active in the broader Illinois community, Maisch has served as a research intern
at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project and has received a Weir Fellowship
from Illinois Wesleyan’s Action Research Center to make the community more accessible
to Spanish-speakers. He has furthered his global perspective through leadership in
Model United Nations and study abroad in Barcelona, Spain.