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Twenty-eight students named Illinois State Scholars

Winners are in top 10 percent of high school seniors

Published: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT

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Twenty-eight students from Morris Community High School have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars, according to MCHS Principal Kelly Hussey.

The prestigious award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), recognized 18,863 high school students from across the state as this year’s State Scholars.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 749 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.

The recognized MCHS students are: Harmony Alford, Andrew Bashor, John Brooks, Jenna Carpenter, Kaitlyn Chatten, Craig Claire, Fernando DelToro, Jessica Eastman, Timothy Gile, Hannah Hesslau, Kendall Korte, Grace Kumor, Alexander Magers, Houston Millsap, Rachel Neuhalfen, Benjamin Paulson, Mitchell Peal, Jeffrey Perry, Sean Phillips, Morgan Popidinski, Maggie Roth, Jenna Runchey, Adam Skelton, Erinne Smith, Sheldon Sobol, Levi Steele, Jessica Sweeney and Joshua Wren.

“We’re pleased to honor this year’s Illinois State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “Not only do they represent the best in educational excellence in Illinois, they also are key to the state’s future economic well-being. The Commission applauds their success and salutes their families and the teachers at Morris Community High School on this achievement.”

While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary award, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships in addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ $387 million need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP).

“Each of the 28 MCHS students should take pride in their accomplishment and what it says about their commitment to academic attainment,” Zarnikow concluded.

Originally formed as the Illinois State Scholarship Commission in 1957, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to help obtain financial aid for higher education. A state agency, ISAC has paved the path to post-secondary education with innovative programs for more than 50 years.

The Commission provides educational funding via numerous programs, such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Illinois Veteran Grant and College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program. Students and families have free access to a wealth of financial aid and college planning information at ISAC’s family of websites available at www.isac.org,www.collegechangeseverything.org and www.529prepaidtuition.org.

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