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St. Anthony High School has nine students that were selected as Illinois State Scholars. 

St. Anthony High School has 9 state scholars

St. Anthony High School Principal Greg Fearday is pleased to announce that nine St. Anthony High School students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition annually to top Illinois high school students.

This year, approximately 19,300 exceptional honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.  

 The St. Anthony students named 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars were Gillian Erickson, Andrew Gibson, Laura Gurtner, Adam Lorenz, Kelly Rentfrow, Andrew Saba, Kristin Slaughter, Rachel Wortman and Grace Zeller.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 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.

 “We are extremely proud of the hard work and talents of our students,” said Fearday. “It is an honorable feat when the ISAC recognizes their efforts. It is clear that our students are doing an exceptional job of representing themselves and our Effingham community at an admirable level.”

While State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, students receive congratulatory letters from ISAC, as well as personalized Certificates of Achievement sent to each high school for distribution. A list of current Illinois State Scholars can also be found on ISAC’s website.

Students are urged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, if they haven’t already. The 2017-18 FAFSA, which became available on October 1, 2016, determines eligibility for federal and state aid.

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.

Visit the ISAC Student Portal for more information at

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