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158 SD308 students named Illinois State Scholars

SD308 has announced that 76 students from Oswego High School and 82 students from Oswego East High School, from the class of 2018, have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, more than 20,000 outstanding honorees join the other top students who have been honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 738 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.

Director of High School Education Jamie Max said, “We are very proud of the many students in our district named as Illinois State Scholars, this distinguished honor is a recognition of their dedication to academic achievement. Beyond the classroom, this list includes great leaders and volunteers in our schools and the community.”

The following Oswego High School students were named as 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars: Grace Beck, Claire Berg, Megan Berg, Maxwell Blount, Jason Bohne, Abigail, Bowman, Mitchell Bradford, Sean Brakeall, Thomas Bresingham, Sabrina Brunelle, Anna Bruzdzinski, Malorie Carlson, Meghan Carroll, Daniela Ceja, Jessica Contreras, Angelica Corral, Jacob Culp, Gavin Davis, Tara Dickinson, Alyssa Dolph-Radavich, Julia Edwards, Sydney Fiddick, Joseph Fioresi, Joshua Gindt, James Gleason, Benjamin Graue, Garrett Howell, Jennifer Jermolowicz, Joseph Kahoun, Cody Kapeles, Hannah Kelsheimer, Ryan Kertesz, Megan Kill, Valerie Kinley, Mariana Kraus, Nathan Labora, Lillian Lantz, Elsie Layman, Madeleine Leigh, Angeline Lewis, Anna Livingston, Hannah Maher, Heather Marz, Thomas Maugeri, Colin Meier, Olivia Merrigan, Abigail Miller, James Monroe, Erin Murgas, Brandon Nelson, Korey Nickel, Spencer Nieto, Edward Ouille, Mikayla Panush, Riley Parker, Dylan Patel, Katelynn Rihel, Marco Rojas, Kaitlyn Rompala, Connor Schulte, Allyson Smerz, Shane Smykal, Samantha Snider, Colin Theiler, Jacob Toma, Hailey Torres-Turnage, Austin Verthein, Sydney Veselik, Ryan Villarreal, Georgia White, Kyra Woodland, Madeline Wyatt, Jessica Yakesh, Katie Zenisek, Kaylee Zimbelmann, and Tegan Zoephel.

The following Oswego East High School students were named as 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars: Lauren Agdanowski, Valerie Anderson, Lauren Antoniolli, Anna Aubuchon, Autumn Augustine, Derek Barrow, Brandon Bigus, Morgan Boardwine, Sarah Bombrys, Alyssa Alexandri Cabang, Michael Carter, Jonathan Chan, Alpesh Chapagai, Ryan Chen, Joshua Daniel Coladilla, Alexis Countryman, Mitchell Crispi, Lisa Curfs, Makenna Decapua, Alexandra Dillman, Alaina Dorsey, Payton Dude, Benjamin Fenzil, Garrett Fiduccia, Alyssa Filicicchia, Katherine Gannon, Elizabeth Geis, Jacob Graham, Julia Grove, David Harbaugh, Hannah Houston, Alex Hwang, Hannah Jackson, Sarah Johns, Alexander Kaiser, Kourtany Katzen, Daniel King, Mackenzie Knudson, Kiana Kong, Gretchen Koomjohn, Margaret Koszala, Abigail Kuehl, Christopher Luz, Fahim Mahmood, Jasmine Makombe, Matthew Manuel, Abby McDowell, Ethan Mikolay, Joshua Moga, Brianna Morrissey, Declan O’Connell, Breanna Ollech, Sarah Panek, Aashi Patel, Emma Pienkos, Ethan Poetsch, Nimisha Prasad, Delaney Quick, Gabriela Ramirez, Leila Rquibi, Shane Schatz, Molly Schiltz, Emily Schultz, Jessica Sem, Thomas Shaw, Simran Singh, Jacob Skolak, Jared Sorek, William Sorek, Sparsh Srivastava, Connor Thompson, Kyle Thompson, Clayton Thueson, Lauren Tims, Trinity Tran, Declan Vick, Albert Visser, Madeleine Weller, Cody Wiese, Lila Zayed, Jack Zbylut, and Michael Zurek.

“On behalf of ISAC, I want to congratulate all of this year’s State Scholars for their exceptional work and wish them much success in their future endeavors,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “Thank you also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who support our students, inspire them, and help them navigate a path to college. You make a tremendous difference not only in our students’ lives, but in improving economic prosperity and building a bright future for our state.”

While the State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, honorees will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and personalized Certificates of Achievement. This year, State Scholars will also receive a digital Illinois State Scholar badge, which can be displayed on their online profiles and social media accounts, and shared with high school counselors, colleges, employers, family members and others.

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