Plano High School Principal Jim Seput recently announced that 14 students from the graduating class of 2018 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
The students are William Adorjan, Jessica Davis, Aubrey Flodstrom, Peyton Gatza, Andrew Heiden, Alan Kennedy, Kyle Kies, Edin Lopez, Abel Marin, Aaron Rodriguez, Blake Spicer, Helen Tran, Andres Velazquez and Abigail Way.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state agency committed to helping make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this recognition annually to top Illinois high school students. This year, about 19,500 honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.
Illinois State Scholars represent about the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 775 high schools across the state. 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.
“We are very proud of these outstanding students and congratulate them on this significant accomplishment,” Seput said in a news release. “Many of these students not only excel in the classroom, but also extra-curricular and community activities. They are all well-rounded students.”
While State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, students receive congratulatory letters from ISAC, as well as personalized certificates of achievement sent to each high school for distribution.