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15 Area Students Named Illinois State Scholars

Nazareth Academy Principal Deborah Tracy announced Wednesday 42 Nazareth students from the Class of 2014 have been recognized as 2014-15 Illinois State Scholars.

“We are extremely proud of these young men and women who represent our school not only in this area of academic achievement, but also as such outstanding individuals as well. We congratulate them and their parents on this distinguished honor,” Tracy said in a statement.

The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Since 1979, over 582,000 Illinois students have been honored as State Scholars.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors from 749 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.

Nazareth Academy congratulates the following La Grange, La Grange Park and Western Springs students:

From La Grange: Katelyn Cahill, Erin Getty, Camille Lang, Benjamin Otto, Kevin Saladino and Robert Titzer

From La Grange Park: Andrew O'Hea, Matthew O'Hea and Kiley Roache

From Western Springs: David DiLoreto, Andrew Dobis, David Heyer, John Mazur, Ryan Minik and Christopher Swade

While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary award, recipients 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 the resources and support to help obtain financial aid for higher education. Students and families have free access to a wealth of financial aid and college planning information at ISAC’s family of websites available at www.isac.org, www.collegechangeseverything.org and www.529prepaidtuition.org.

Nazareth Academy, a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school serving families from 55 communities and over 100 grade schools in Chicago and the western suburbs, established in 1900 and sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph, values scholarship, service, spirit, and unity.

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