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Congratulations to our seniors recognized as Illinois State Scholars!

March 07, 2019

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently announced students selected as 2019-2020 Illinois State Scholars. Nine Central High School seniors were selected. The nine Central seniors are:

Anna Hickman, daughter of Beth Behrends of Chebanse,

Kaleigh Ladehoff, daughter of David Ladehoff of Chebanse and Jill Fragoso of Houston, Texas,

Kyia Lemenager, daughter of Joell Lemenager and Patrick Cooksey of Ashkum,

Avery Leveque, daughter of Jeanne Leveque of Clifton,

Maria Munoz, daughter of Jose and Leticia Del Rio Munoz, 

Olzea Smolinski, daughter of Kristy Connor  and William Smolinski of Chebanse,

Kaitlyn Speckman, daughter of Kevin and Kristin Speckman of Chebanse,

Hannah Thompsen, daughter of David and Jennifer Thompsen of Clifton, and

Alex Winkel, son of Andrew and Milissa Winkel of Clifton.

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

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.   

We are proud of your achievements! 

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