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Sandwich students earn honors

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Twenty-two Sandwich High School students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars.

The award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, recognized 18,863 high school students from across the state as this year’s State Scholars. Since 1979, more than 582,000 Illinois students have been honored as State Scholars.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 749 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.

“We are proud of these outstanding students at Sandwich High School. Principal Mitch Nystedt said in a news release. “Being named an Illinois State Scholar is an outstanding accomplishment in their high school careers.”

The students are Julina Adams, Corey Dowd, Jordan Downing, Christopher Grinstead, Trey Jansen, Justine Johnson, Jordan Kipper, Shelby Lauzon, Jordan Luxton, Delaney McGuire, Brian Moran, Nicholas Rudd, Maggie Sampson, McKenzie Sauer, Justine Scott, Laura Smith, Alex Sutter, Melanie Tassone, Monica Thomas, Torianna Thompson, Cory Tollefson and Cheryl Welte.

While the recognition does not include a monetary award, 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) to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ $387 million need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP).

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