In 2014, high school students from all over Madison County have proven themselves to be shining examples of what happens when one works hard and perseveres.
The Illinois State Scholar program is a statewide program that recognizes high school seniors for exemplary academic performance. This year, more than 100 students from the area received this honor.
For many students, it is confirmation of the hard work they have put in over their high school career. This award will be another honor they can add to their list on college applications as they wrap up applying for colleges this winter.
For Alton High School senior Olivia Farmer, 17, this will be an honor she will be sure to mention in the near future. Farmer will be attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has been named a finalist for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, a full scholarship that covers tuition, room and board. Farmer will be trying out for the equestrian team and studying pre-optometry.
“I will definitely be mentioning this at my interview in February,” Farmer said. “It came too late to put on my application, but it validates all the hard work the recipients put into their schoolwork. We have a very smart class, so we had a lot of scholars honored at our school.” (Forty-four seniors at Alton High School made the list.)
According to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website, the State Scholar Program “recognizes students attending approved high schools for outstanding academic achievement. State scholar designation provides honorary recognition with no monetary award.”
State Scholar Award recipients generally fall within the top 10 percent of their classes. These students are competing against and encouraging one another to push themselves to the highest academic level, striving to become leaders within their schools and volunteers in their communities. These Illinois State Scholars are the young adults that will lead our community in the future and shining examples of the result of hard work, discipline and dedication.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission 2015-16 State Scholar Award recipients:
Alton High School (44 students)
Civic Memorial High School (19 students)
East Alton-Wood River Community High School (three students)
Edwardsville High School (90 students)
Granite City Senior High School (22 students)
Marquette High School (12 students)
Metro East Lutheran High School (seven students)
Roxana Senior High School (seven students)
Jersey Community High School (22 students)