Fenton High School Announces 2018 Illinois State Scholars

Fenton High School Announces 2018 Illinois State Scholars

Fenton High School 100 is pleased to announce that 31 Fenton High School students from the graduating class of 2018 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. This prestigious recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of approximately 20,000 high school students from across the state this year. They join the ranks of thousands of top Illinois students honored as State Scholars since the designation began in 1958.


Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten 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/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.


Veronica Aristakessian, Victoria Aristakessian, Alfred Bajo, Maciej Bielawiec, Trisha Butz, Kurt Castillo, Adam Chaidez, Alfredo Diaz, Julia Gainski, Laila Galecki, Adam Ghanimah, Joseph Ghanimah, Andrew Hill, Emily Jarecki, Cassidy Kelly, Jacob Kowalski, Jeremy Lodewyck, Adam Matolak, Jamie Minard, Ashley Olson, Akira Onoda, Victor Pacheco, Katherine Prejzner, Kathryn Radziwonski, Crystal Ramos, Alexis Rodriguez, Nicole Rybak, Uma Shivde, Daniel Sisco, Madeleine Subach, and Laynie Taylor.

While this prestigious recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships, in addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA determines students’ eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, as well as for many forms of aid offered through colleges.

Created in 1957, ISAC provides postsecondary students of all ages and backgrounds with resources and support to pursue higher education. 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 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. Students can also get answers to their college-going and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones by signing up for ISAC College Q&A, ISAC’s free text messaging service. Visit the ISAC Student Portal for more information at www.isac.org/studentportal.

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