DeKALB – DeKalb High School Principal James Horne recently announced that 41 students from the DHS graduating class of 2018 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. They will be honored at a home basketball game on Feb. 9, during half time of the varsity game.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this 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.
The following DHS students were named 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars: Emily Alberti, Benjamin Allen, Paul Anderson, Matthew Angel, Isabella Bettner, Julia Diedrich, Gabrielle Dlabal, Lincoln Draper, Zachary Dresch, Anan Ghrayeb, Caige Gridley, Colton Guy, Beatrice Hartman, Rocio Hernandez, Justin Le, Katrina Lemieux, Jenna Levine, Maria Mascote, Gabrielle Melms, Diana Morales, Eric Nelson, Bailey Plapp, Aaron Pope, Dylan Propheter, Charles Roberts, Edgar Salinas, Austin Sands, James Sauter, Samantha Schimbke, Alexandra Schneider, Katherine Sharp, Piper Siblik, Melissa Stone, Ali Thahab, Holly Trapp, Stephanie Vazquez, Nhi Vo, Clay Ward, Megan Williams, Cooper Weinberger and Hui Zhu.
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 also will 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, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others.