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Central High School's Illinois State Scholars (from left: Jefferson Caspary, Thomas Gray, Maci Romero, Karlie Wilken, Caden Chamness and Carson McGill)

Six seniors named as an Illinois State Scholar

January 10, 2020

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently announced students selected as 2020-2021 Illinois State Scholars. Six Central High School seniors were selected. The six Central seniors are:

Jefferson Caspary, son of Jeff Caspary of Clifton, and Debra Caspary of Clifton,

Caden Chamness, son of Brandy Clodi of Clifton,

Thomas Gray, son of Charles and Kristen Gray of Ashkum,

Carson McGill, son of Bob and Eva McGill of Ashkum,

Maci Romero, daughter of Kelly Snider of Ashkum and Cruz Romero of Kankakee,

Karlie Wilken, daughter of Larry and Laurie Wilken of Ashkum.

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.   

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