St. Laurence High School Principal Jim Muting (left) congratulates students Michael Hyc (center) and Stephen Slamar, both Garfield Ridge residents and graduates of St. Daniel the Prophet School. Hyc and Slamar are among 11 St. Laurence students newly recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars.
Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 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 the student’s junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to determine the winners.
"These young men are very special to us at St. Laurence,” Muting said. “Not only are they great students who have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars, but they are exemplary individuals that do well in the classroom and also excel and are involved in school activities and sports. They are a credit to their families and to St. Laurence."
Other Illinois State Scholars from St. Laurence this year are Michael Buche, Daniel Buss, Kyle Dalton, Andrew Fick, Patrick Haugh, Daniel Hecker, Nicholas Paneral, William Rickhoff and Marco Rodriguez.
While the prestigious recognition does not include a monetary award, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships in addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ $387 million need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP).
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