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Education

St. Bede Academy announces names of Illinois State Scholars

St. Bede Academy students (seated, from left) Kassidy Brady, Samuel Maschmann and Claudia Orteza; and (back row) Macy Bosnich, Jacob Lowery and Madeline Spayer were named Illinois State Scholars.
St. Bede Academy students (seated, from left) Kassidy Brady, Samuel Maschmann and Claudia Orteza; and (back row) Macy Bosnich, Jacob Lowery and Madeline Spayer were named Illinois State Scholars.

PERU — St. Bede Academy has announced six students from the Class of 2020 who have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

This recognition, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), honors the academic achievements of more than 21,000 high school students from across the state that demonstrate superior academic potential. Illinois State Scholars represent about the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 757 high schools across the state. Students are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT, SAT and/or the Prairie State Achievement Exam scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.

According to Michelle Mershon, principal at St. Bede Academy: “These students have worked hard all year and exemplified the standards set forth by the Illinois State Scholar program. We take great pride in our students and their ability to meet the requirements set forth by the Commission each year.”

The honored students named include Macy Bosnich (DePue) of DePue, Kassidy Brady (Dimmick) of LaSalle, Jacob Lowery (Peru Catholic) of Peru, Samuel Maschmann (Peru Catholic) of Peru, Claudia Orteza (Peru Catholic) of Peru and Madeline Spayer (JFK) of Spring Valley.

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