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566adf07a9790 Front row (pictured from left to right): Jenna Lemenager, Brooke Schafer, Eilish Alexander, Taylor Yates; Back row: Kyle Speckman, Luke Vaughn, Colton Potts, and Principal Marc Shaner.
Front row (pictured from left to right): Jenna Lemenager, Brooke Schafer, Eilish Alexander, Taylor Yates; Back row: Kyle Speckman, Luke Vaughn, Colton Potts, and Principal Marc Shaner.

Seven seniors named as Illinois State Scholar

December 11, 2015

Central High School Principal Marc Shaner is pleased to announce that seven Central High School students from the graduating class of 2016 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, bestows this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, nearly 19,000 elite honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.  

Illinois State Scholars possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank. State Scholars rank in approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, representing 652 high schools across the state.

“This is a tremendous honor for these seven students,” remarked Shaner. “They have put a high importance on education and are being appropriately recognized for it. They will continue to pursue a high-level of academic achievement. ”

The following Central High School students were named 2016-17 Illinois State Scholars: Eilish Alexander (daughter of Christy and Jim Alexander), Jenna Lemenager (daughter of Andrea and Dean Lemenager), Colton Potts (son of Jody and Greg Potts), Brooke Schafer (daughter of Barbara and Dennis Schafer), Kyle Speckman (son of Kristin and Kevin Speckman), Luke Vaughn (son of Lesa and Timothy Vaughn) and Taylor Yates (daughter Kimberly and Bruce Yates).

“It is always an honor to announce another extraordinary group of State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “At a time when postsecondary education could not be more important to future job and career success, these students have demonstrated the kind of effort and dedication that will help them advance not only their futures, but the future of the state as well. We wish each of them the best as they pursue their chosen educational path.”

While this distinguished recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships. In addition, students are urged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2016. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal and state aid.

ISAC offers free financial aid and college access events to assist students and families with the college-going process. Students can also visit the ISAC website and in particular the new ISAC Student Portal for college planning, financial aid and financial literacy information and  free tools, as well as information on how to contact the ISACorps, a group of recent college graduates who act as near-peer mentors, for one-on-one assistance and mentoring.   


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