ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Here's a story proving hard work pays off about a local student getting statewide recognition for her work in the classroom.
Dunja Cosic is one of 53 Illinois college students receiving this year's Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion this Saturday in Springfield.
Dunja is a senior at Rockford University studying biochemistry and is planning to go to medical school.
"Really take school seriously," the 21 year old encourages all students. "[School] will take you far in life."
One student from every four year degree granting school in Illinois is honored each year.