Lincoln-Way West High School honored their Illinois State Scholars with a special breakfast before school on Wednesday in the Warriors Lodge.
“Congratulations to all 51 of you. We are extremely proud of you and your accomplishments. Through your hard work and dedication you have all achieved this honor of being named an Illinois State Scholar,” Principal Monica Schmitt told the students.
Eligibility requirements to be named an Illinois State Scholar include: be a U.S citizen; Illinois resident; and the combination of exemplary college entrance examination scores and record of high school achievement which have qualified each of you for this recognition, added Schmitt.
The 51 Lincoln-Way West Illinois State Scholars are: Michael Baio, Hailey Baumstein, David Bechtel, Brittany Behrens, Michael Cawall, Sarah Clark, Kenneth Clawson, Dominic Delia, Amanda DeSalvo, Dino DeSalvo, Deanna DiMonte, Michelle Fairbairn, Cody Ferguson, Liam Gascoin, Kelley Gasparich, Lea Gindville, Kyle Hall, Aimee Heinrich, Jeffrey Horton, Kevin Horton, Libby Horvath, Brad Hughes, and Matthew James.
Additional Lincoln-Way West Illinois State Scholars are: Katherine Kelly, Taylor Kidwell, Evan Kirkeeng, Emily Leddin, Cory Lotz, Amanda McDonald, Thomas Mulka, Eliana Ortega, Emily Owens, Matthew Paluszak, Angela Paoella, Ashley Pavlak, Justin Pertile, Kaitlyn Pinkerton, Alec Posewick, Abigail Richmond, Jordan Schoppen, Matthew Schulte, Jared Simpkins, Alexis Skiniotes, Ryan Spain, Ryan Starkus, Dominic VanDyke, Marisa Wanka, Kara Winans, Michael Wyskiel, Jason Yaeger, and Paul Zazzetti.
Students were asked to list their Illinois State Scholar accomplishment on college admission and scholarship applications and were told by their principal they will be honored at graduation with a white honor cord.
Stacy Holland, community relations director for Lincoln Way High School District 210, contributed this article.