PRINCETON — Seventeen Princeton High School students have been recognized as 2014 Illinois State Scholars, Princeton High School principal Andrew Berlinski announced.
The award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission which is recognizing 19,331 high school students from across the state as this year’s State Scholars.
Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors from 798 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. At least a half million Illinois State Scholars have been recognized in the past 50 years.
“Princeton High School is extremely pleased with the efforts of these young men and women. Being named a State Scholar is a great accomplishment and we are very proud of each of these students,” said Brian Church, PHS guidance director.
A little more about Princeton’s Illinois State Scholars follows:
* Zachary Andersen, son of Mary Kieffer and Curt Andersen, hopes to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and study pre-medicine.
* Mollie Bates, daughter of Joe and Jody Bates, plans to attend a four year university and is currently undecided on her major.
* Jon Bibula, son of Dede and Jon Evert, hopes to attend Harvard University and study medicine.
* Abigail Bickett, daughter of Kent and Jamie Bickett, plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology and study biochemistry.
* Jessica Birkey, daughter of Joe and Lou Ann Birkey, plans to attend University of Dubuque and study nursing.
* Lindsay Hartwig, daughter of Robert and Marcia Hartwig, plans to attend the University of Illinois -Urbana-Champaign to pursue a career in the medical field.
* Ryan Jensen, son of David and Christina Jensen, will attend Belmont University to pursue a degree in the field of music business and music theory.
* Michelle Kelly, daughter of Jim and Shelia Kelly, will attend a community college and then transfer to a four year university to study nursing.
* Hailey Michael, daughter of Jill and Brett Brown, plans to attend the University of Illinois at Springfield and major in English.
* Ryan Owens, son Scott and Sondra Owens, hopes to attend DePaul University and is undecided on his major.
* Hunter Rodda, son of Marc Rodda and Amy Drozda will attend a four year college or university to study secondary education.
* Kelly Schmidt, daughter of Karl Schmidt and Barb Valle hopes to attend Washington University and is undecided on her area of study.
* Megan Smith, daughter of Mike and Doris Smith will attend a four-year college or university and is undecided on her major.
High school students and their parents may visit www.collegezone.com for more information about the many college financial assistance programs available.