Two Standout Grads Celebrate Honors

Article by: Paige Allen,
Recent L&C graduates Grace Lane and Kelsey Busler celebrated their many accomplishments at this year’s Commencement, including being named to the 2013 All-Illinois Academic Team, among other honors. 
Lane, 20, of Godfrey, is the daughter of Jill and Terry Lane. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and was nominated for the All-USA Coca Cola Academic Team and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships.
In 2012, Lane earned a summer internship at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, and has served as an intern in the college’s Office of Sustainability, assisting with environmental education outreach programs. She also volunteers with local elementary students and has worked with L&C’s College for Life program.
She plans to transfer to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
“I am very honored to be named to the All-Academic Team,” Lane said. “My years at Lewis and Clark have opened up so many opportunities. I’ll always remember my time here as a positive experience which helped give me the foundation to move forward with my career goals.” 
Kelsey Busler, 20, of Godfrey, is the daughter of Mary and Dale Busler. She was awarded a Lewis and Clark Distinguished Scholar Award and was nominated for the All-USA Coca Cola Academic Team and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation national scholarships.
Busler has been an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, serving as vice president during the 2012-13 academic year. She organized the Spring 2012 Food and Children’s Book Drive, helped plan the design of the PTK display window on campus, and submitted ideas for the PTK T-shirt design. Busler also helped the Biology Club sell plants during Springfest 2013.
She is an active member of the Boots and Saddle Club and volunteers at North Elementary’s Fall Fest activities and outings.
Busler plans to pursue a degree in veterinary technology at Hickey College’s Vet Tech Institute.
“Lewis and Clark has given me the confidence to continue my studies, knowing I can succeed in the future. I am very honored for the awards I have been given through Lewis and Clark. The campus and all of its wonderful students and faculty members have given me the skills to persevere in my future studies,” she said.