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Monticello High School Announces 2018 Illinois State Scholars

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2018 - Illinois State Scholars(ISAC) Monticello, IL – Monticello High School Principal Adam Clapp is pleased to announce that 23 Monticello High School students from the graduating class of 2018 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 20,000 outstanding 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 738 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.


“Being named as an Illinois State Scholar is a prestigious honor. At Monticello High School, we pride ourselves in setting high expectations for our students, and our students often exceed these expectations. Our students have done an outstanding job, and these recipients deserve this recognition. Congratulations to all Illinois State Scholars!” said Mr. Adam Clapp, Monticello High School principal.
The following Monticello High School students were named 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars:

  • MEGAN BAILEY daughter of Tom and Tess Bailey - Monticello
  • ALEXIS BOYD daughter of Bryan and Tamara Boyd – Cisco
  • CONNOR DAVEY son of John and Teresa Davey - Monticello
  • MORGAN ELMORE daughter of Richard and Mimi Elmore– Monticello
  • GRANT GINALICK son of Glenn and Angela Ginalick - Monticello
  • NOAH HANSELMAN son of Greg and Kellie Hanselman – Monticello
  • CALEB HELENTHAL son of Eric and Rebecca Helenthal – Monticello
  • LAUREN KEPLEY daughter of Douglas and Joan Kepley – Monticello
  • JOHN KNITTLE son of John and Meghan Knittle – Monticello
  • NATHAN KOENIGS son of Dan and Deanna Koenigs – Cisco
  • AMY LOVE daughter of Geoff and Denise Love – Monticello
  • MADISON MESPLAY daughter of Mark and Rebecca Mesplay – Monticello
  • SYDNEY MORRISON daughter of Jeffrey and Polly Morrison – Monticello
  • MICHAEL NORVELL son of Dr. Jonathan and Wendy Norvell – Monticello
  • HANNAH OBERHEIM daughter of Chris and Amber Oberheim – Monticello
  • HANNAH OFFENBACK daughter of Jim and Lori Capel – White Heath
  • DREW POTTS daughter of Joe and Jill Potts – Monticello
  • FAITH RUND daughter of Quentin and Patricia Rund – Monticello
  • ERIC TATE son of Sean and Karen Snook – Monticello and Bart Tate - Champaign
  • DEVIN WALDEN daughter of Scott Walden of Mansfield and Rachael Walden - Monticello
  • ALIYAH WELTER daughter of Cully and Angela Welter - Monticello
  • NOAH WRIGHT son of Robert and Tanna Wright - Monticello
  • NOAH ZIMMERMAN son of Dr. Victor and Lori Zimmerman

“On behalf of ISAC, I want to congratulate all of this year’s State Scholars for their exceptional work and wish them much success in their future endeavors,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “Thank you also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who support our students, inspire them, and help them navigate a path to college. You make a tremendous difference not only in our students’ lives, but in improving economic prosperity and building a bright future for our state.”

While the State Scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, honorees will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and personalized Certificates of Achievement. This year, State Scholars will also receive a digital Illinois State Scholar badge, which can be displayed on their online profiles and social media accounts, and shared with high school counselors, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others.

All students, including State Scholars, who plan to be enrolled in college next fall are urged to complete their 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible in order to determine eligibility for federal and state financial 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.  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. Visit the ISAC Student Portal for more information at

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