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Class of 2019 Illinois State Scholars Announced

Reported by on 11/29/18

Waubonsie Valley High School is pleased to announce that 168 students from the graduating class of 2019 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, more than 21,000 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 ten percent of high school seniors from 757 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.

The following Waubonsie Valley students were named 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars:
Hannah Abegg, Trisha Aggarwal, Aditi Agrawal, Hadi Ahmed, Jasmine Ahn, Anjolaoluwa Akinosun, Aditya Anand, Mahati Avineni, Elizabeth Bannon, Alex Barenbrugge, Caitlin Beacom, Olivia Benson, Cole Benvau, Hannah Bergrud, Ethan Boris, Ajay Buch, Anne Bugayong, Humza Bukhari, Marissa Burk, Marisol Cabrera, Alejandra Campillo, John Caron, Ivy Carter, Michael Casey, Connie Chen, David Chen, Michael Chen, Cassandra Chinn, Kyle Chiu, Carina Collins, Kevin Cong, Kusai Contractor, Taha Contractor, Jonathan Cordero, William Cullen, Jacob Darlinger, Aman Datla, Kelsey Deck, James Demetris, Joel Dillinger, Jack Drow, Sebastian Duesing, Kevin Ellis, Adam Ennassiri, Daniel Esch, Jake Forrest, Michael Foster, Natalie Freitag, Ruchi Gavankar, Talal Ghafoor, Elizabeth Godo, Divya Gonavarum, Isabel Gordon, Cole Gregorio, Kayla Greifenkamp, Catherine Guan, Alya Gupta, Shiven Gupta, Jason Haber, Georgette Haddad, Rohan Hindia, Lillian Hong, Lily Hunt, Susrutha Iska, Anirudh Iyengar, Vaibhav Iyer, Samuel Jablonsky, Pranav Jaikumar, Pooja Jaiswal, Robert James, Madilyn Jaskae, Kate Johanns, Samuel Jordan, Olivia Jouriles, Mariam Khan, Maryiam Khan, Nikhil Khanna, Soomin Kim, Bailey King, Shruti Kolli, Tanner Langford, Ryan Lemoine, Prianka Lexman, Matthew Li, Benjamin Liffiton, Cadyn Linden, Lauren Lintner, Samyag Madrecha, Grant Manecke, Mariano Manzella, Claire Matta, Samyak Mishra, Lagan Mongia, Benjamin Morales, Manasvi Narayanan, John Narofsky, Nathaniel Narunatvanich, Jacob Nave, Sruthi Navneetha, Adam Newmyer, Sidney Nimako-Boateng, Charles Olson, Konrad Oman, Quinten Otto, Max Owens, Matthew Pabin, Isabel Panicker, Saniya Parks, Rohan Parvathala, Bhavin Patel, Raya Patel, Miranda Pikus, Ishika Punhani, Sidarth Rajan, Mihir Rao, Madalyn Reidy, Kyle Reiss, Madison Riley, Austin Rose, Ryan Ruhde, Trupti Sadigale, Jake Saindon, Sruthi Sankaran, Tejas Satpalkar, Eric Schleining, Kaitlyn Schmitt, Emma Schweiger, Harold Sellappan, Claudia Sentman, Eshan Shah, Sharya Shah, Sonja Shahriar, Alexa Shamsi, Megan Shamsi, Regan Shea, James Shim, James Short, Rajas Shringarpure, Aishani Shukla, Ashley Singh, Abigail Smith, Anna Smith, Ethan Staub, Ryan Stoakes, Akshay Sundaram, Adam Sundrani, Ellen Sweeney, Joshua Tabb, Nolan Thilk, Christopher Thomas, Crista Thyvelikakath, Natalie Tlustochowski, Sanjana Tumma, Joshua Van Drie, Jennifer Velazquez, Rosana Villafan, Sarah Vitro, Rachel Wheeler, Philip Wig, Daniel Wilczynski, Jacob Wilkinson, Cassidy Wiltjer, Carter Wright, Alycia Wylie, Gloria Xu, Beibei Yang, Rachel Zaininger, Diego Zuniga

While the State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, honorees will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Honorees can also download a digital Illinois State Scholar badge that can be displayed on their online profiles and social media platforms, and shared with high school counselors, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others. A complete list of the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars can be found on ISAC’s website.

All students, including State Scholars, are encouraged to complete their 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) as soon as possible. The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal and most state and institutional financial aid available for any type of postsecondary education, including vocational education, certificates, and two or four year degree programs.

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 and provide one-on-one assistance and mentoring. Students can also get answers to their college-going and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones by signing up for ISAC College Q&A, ISAC’s free text messaging service. In addition, ISAC offers assistance through the agency’s call center, 1-800-899-4722 (ISAC).

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