Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield has 28 seniors recognized as 2017-2018 Illinois State Scholars.
Those students are: Elsie Andres, Madeline Andres, Charles Costa, Caroline Daily, Olivia Doll, Thomas Drake, Andrew Fiaush, Jessica Giacomini, Michael Healey, Sydney House, Gabrielle Johnston, Sabrina Johnston, Ryan Kipping, Daniel Kyes, Kelsey Lanterman, Anna Lowis, Shannon McDonald, Ryan Miller, Vincent Mounce, Jack Murphy, Michael Oh, Tyler Ryan, Gretchen Sass, John Stegeman, Zachary Townsell, Erika Ward, Ann Wheeler and Brock Williams.
The award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), recognized 19,400 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 765 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT, or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or on class rank at the end of the junior year.
“I applaud all of the 2017-18 state scholars for their hard work and outstanding academic performance,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “Students have a lot to contend with as they move through high school — from increased testing to extracurricular activities to highly competitive college admissions. Kudos to these students and also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who contributed to their success and helped them navigate a path towards college and career success.”
Originally formed as the Illinois State Scholarship Commission in 1958, 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.