Luther College's Luigi Enriquez of Racine, Wisconsin, received the college's Jenson Medal during the May 21 commencement ceremonies for the Luther class of 2017.
Luther's Jenson Medal is presented each year to an outstanding senior, selected by the graduating class, who best demonstrates the ideals of the college through service to students and the college community. The Jenson Medal was established through an endowment gift from Luther alumni Elizabeth A. Jenson, class of 1945, and Paul G. Jenson, class of 1947, of Vassalboro, Maine. The award includes a $500 stipend.
"What a sweet way to finish my time here at Luther. I honor my family, friends, professors and mentors with this award; they have shared their time, their wisdom and allowed for meaningful experiences over the past four years. I am forever grateful," Enriquez said of his award. "I am taken aback by the honor my peers have given me and I am thankful for their thoughtfulness in this recognition."
In his citation of his achievements, Corey Landstrom, Luther dean and vice president for student life, praised Enriquez generous and significant contributions to community life at Luther College.
"Luigi made many significant contributions during his time at Luther - contributions recognized by his classmates which resulted in his selection by his peers as the recipient of the award. From his first month being elected as a student senate representative for Brandt Hall to his selection as a resident assistant, membership in the Launching Luther Leaders program, and his leadership in Luther's music program all provided platform for Luigi to offer his voice and give back to the community while providing an environment where others' voices were also lifted up," said Landstrom.
According to Landstrom, it was through his involvement in Student Senate, Launching Luther Leaders (L3), Dance Marathon and in his position as a resident assistant, that Enriquez helped to support a community at Luther that fosters connectedness and encourages its members to be their authentic selves.
A talented singer and active member of Luther's music department, Enriquez was awarded the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize in 2016. He presented the annual Brudos Family Opera Prize recital on April 22, 2017.
Enriquez's journey to becoming a leader at Luther began with the encouragement of friends to visit campus during his senior year in high school. By the summer preceding his freshman year of college, though he had decided to attend medical school in the Philippines, Enriquez couldn't help but feel as though Luther might be the right place for him. With only weeks to go until Luther's academic year began, Enriquez changed his mind, called his Luther admissions representative, and enrolled at Luther for the fall 2013 semester. He served and grew as an active an engaged member of the community since that time.
Enriquez, the son of Chonna and José Enriquez of Racine, earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Luther. He is a 2013 graduate of Washington Park High School.
Enriquez will begin his position as associate director of choral activities at West Senior High School in Iowa City, Iowa, this August.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.