Local Illinois State Scholars announced

Local Illinois State Scholars announced

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HEADLINE: County students named Illinois State Scholars

CARLINVILLE (Dec. 7, 2017) – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced the names of the 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars. The students rank in approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 737 high schools across the state. Honorees are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth-semester class rank.

“On behalf of ISAC, I congratulate all of this year’s State Scholars for their exceptional work and wish them much success in their future endeavors,” said ISAC Executive Director Eric Zarnikow. “Thank you also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who support our students, inspire them, and help them navigate a path to college. You make a tremendous difference not only in our students’ lives, but in improving economic prosperity and building a bright future for our state.”

While the State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary award, honorees will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and personalized certificates of achievement. This year, State Scholars can also receive a digital Illinois State Scholar badge, which can be displayed on their online profiles and social media accounts and shared with high school counselors, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others. Current State Scholars are also listed on the ISAC website, isac.org.

This year’s Illinois State Scholars in Macoupin County are as follows.

Bunker Hill High School: Nathan Cauley, Ashley Dey, Amy Duty, Olivia Mellenthin and Matthew Weidner.

Carlinville High School: Karly Ambuel, Grayson Armour, Ashley Brown, Anna Chew, Natalie Kaganich, Paul Mbugua, Maggie Ratcliff, Rachel Strubbe, Robert Wiggins and Taylor Wills.

Gillespie High School: Marshall Hatlee.

Mt. Olive High School: Hannah Huber, Evan Labonte, Mia Ross and Makenzy Sorsen.

North Mac High School: Jared Barnes, Jonah Cassens, Ryleigh Gaddie, Audrey Hannah, Cole Kallenbach, Piper Miller, Lauren Sullivan and Bryce Trojcak.

Northwestern High School: Luna Boggs, Brooke Gibbs and Madison Graham.

Southwestern High School: Jaycie Beard, Leanne Bockstruck, Jonathan French, Morgan Laramee, Benjamin Lowis, Zacari Miller, Harley Sims, Sydney Sinks and Lana Kay Tutterow.

Staunton High School: Elizabeth Birdsell, Alexis Cox, Haleigh Hester, Kailyn Meyers, Rose Milcic and Cody Newcomb.

Carlinville High School  Illinois State Scholars, Front Row: Ashley Brown, Maggie Ratcliff, Karly Ambuel, Rachel Strubbe, Taylor Wills, Natalie Kaganich. Back Row: Anna Chew, Grayson Armour, Robert Wiggins, Paul Mbuga.