CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced on Monday the 2021-22 Illinois State Scholars.

The program honorees are based on the year they would begin any postsecondary education, not based on the year they graduate from high school.

These top performing students are selected annually based on their ACT or SAT exams and sixth semester class rank and are recognized for their exceptional academic achievement. Illinois State Scholars rank in approximately the top 10% of graduates from Illinois high schools.

State Scholars are usually announced in early December; however, the postponement or cancellation of spring 2020 college entrance exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the announcement until complete data was available.

“In a year when students and families across the state and the nation have faced unprecedented personal and financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, we could not be more proud of the continued focus, dedication and achievements of our State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “We also want to recognize the invaluable support of families, mentors, teachers, school counselors, and others, who are themselves dealing with the challenges of the pandemic and yet have remained dedicated to assisting students and helping them move forward on a path to meet their educational and career goals.”

While the Illinois State Scholars recognition is a non-monetary award, recipients receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC, a Certificate of Achievement and statewide media recognition.

Students recognized as Massac County State Scholars are:

• Joppa High School — Matthew McGinness and Aubrey Stubblefield.

• Massac County High School — Kathryn Batha, Emilio Bautista, Kennedy Burgess, Lilyanna Conkle, Alexis Frazine, Nicholas Green, Lukus Griffin, Tristan Henderson, Logan Korte, McKinnley Korte, Yolina Lindquist, Mackenzie Lott, Maci Miller, Clara Stewart, Alexandria Swafford, James Sweatt and Katherine Thompson.

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