QND Illinois State Scholars

State congratulates 14 Quincy Notre Dame High School students.

 Quincy, Ill. – Principal Mark McDowell is please to announce that 14 Quincy Notre Dame High School seniors have been recognized as 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized approximately 19,300 honorees from across the state as this year’s State Scholars.

Illinois State Scholars represent 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 class rank at the end of junior year.

“I am very proud of our students.  These individuals understand that academic success will pay dividends throughout their lives.  Their commitment to excellence is to be celebrated,” said QND Principal Mark McDowell.

The following QND students were named 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars: Katherine Bickhaus, Renee Cafun, Amanda Dreyer, Andrew Goerlich, Emily Goerlich, Angela Halter, Spencer Kroshinsky, Zoey Little, Leah Murfin, Emily Obert, Lucy Stella, Samantha Tracy, Nathan Tyrpin and Hannah Weiman.

“I applaud all of the 2017-18 state scholars for their hard work and outstanding academic performance,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “Students have a lot to contend with as they move through high school—from increased testing to extracurricular activities to highly competitive college admissions. Kudos to these students and also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who contributed to their success and helped them navigate a path towards college and career success.”

While State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, students receive congratulatory letters from ISAC, personalized Certificates of Achievement and are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships.

Originally formed as the Illinois State Scholarship Commission in 1957, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of all ages and backgrounds with resources and support to help obtain financial aid for higher education.

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