Marquette Catholic High School's 2016-17 Illinois State Scholars.
ALTON — Marquette Catholic High School Principal Michael Slaughter is pleased to announce that 13 Marquette Catholic 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 10 percent of high school seniors, representing 652 high schools across the state.
“We are very proud that nearly 18 percent of our senior class were named Illinois State Scholars, continuing a trend of exceeding the normal 10 percent of seniors being awarded,” Slaughter said.
The following Marquette Catholic High School students were named 2016-17 Illinois State Scholars: Nick Berkenbile of Edwardsville, Skylar Cox of Alton, Brianna DeClue of Moro, Katherine Ditman of Godfrey, Katie Gierer of Glen Carbon, Megan Grove of Godfrey, Allison Hoefert of Godfrey, Adam Johnes of Godfrey, Thomas Morrissey of Alton, Shane Nichols of Godfrey, Andria Pace of Collinsville, Brittany Pace of Collinsville and Macie Spencer of Alton.
“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 Jan. 1. 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.