Union County students named State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, ISAC, has recognized 17,335 students from 749 different high schools from across the state as 2011-12 Illinois State Scholars.

Students from Union County high schools are among those honored as State Scholars.

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School students named Illinois State Scholars are Samantha Coleman, Adriel Cross, Kelsey Friebel, Ian Hallam, Jennifer Keller, Lindsey Patterson, Daniel Pineau and Elise Wheaton.

Illinois State Scholars from Cobden High School are Alysha Bottje, Hanna England, Samantha Flamm and Kate Russell.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors.

Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year.

“Excellent high school grades are tremendously important for laying the groundwork for future college success,” said ISAC executive director Andrew Davis.

“Illinois State Scholars are the best and the brightest in our state’s high schools, and we salute them, their families and their teachers on this achievement.”

While the 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 Jan. 1 to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ $400 million need-based Monetary Award Program, MAP.

More than a half million Illinois State Scholars have been recognized by ISAC since the program’s inception.

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