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Hall High School Illinois State Scholars

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Article courtesy of the Bureau County Republican:

SPRING VALLEY — Hall High School Superintendent Mike Struna has announced five Hall High School students from the graduating class of 2016 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, bestows this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, more than 18,800 elite honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

The following Hall High School students were named 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars: Madison Considine, the daughter of Pete and Melanie Moreland of Ladd and James Considine; Evan Kiphart, the son of Gary and Amy Kiphart of Dalzell; Joseph Kobold, the son of Brian and Julie Kobold of Cherry; Andrew Pullam, the son of Frank and Kathy Pullam of Cherry; and Marco Uribe, the son of Tina Wenzel and Romulo Uribe of Spring Valley.

Susan Lucas, director of guidance at Hall, said, “On behalf of Hall High School, I would like to acknowledge our Illinois State Scholars. We are very proud of their strong work ethics and dedication to their academic endeavors, and we look forward to their future achievements.”

Of the Hall students named Illinois State Scholars, Considine plans to start at Illinois Valley Community College and major in accounting, working toward her CPA; Kiphart plans to attend the University of Illinois and major in nuclear engineering through the Navy’s ROTC program; Kobold plans to major in business; Pullam plans to study engineering; and Uribe plans to major in biology and minor in mathematics before he heads to medical school.

While this distinguished recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships. In addition, students are urged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, as well as for many forms of aid offered through colleges.