SBA State Scholars

Members of the St. Bede Academy class of 2019 who were named as Illinois State Scholars include Alex Dittmar (Peru Catholic) of Oglesby, Meygan Echols (Waltham) of Ottawa, Ryan Edwall (Peru Catholic) of Utica, Gianna Elias (JFK) of Spring Valley, Alicia Koogler (Peru Catholic) of LaSalle, Curt Lang (Holy Cross) of Mendota, Jack Line (Trinity Catholic) of Peru, Payton Linnig (Dimmick School) Dimmick, Seth Ludford (Waltham) of LaSalle, Maxwell Manning (Ladd Grade School) of Ladd, Pamela Needs (Homeschool) of Peru, John Potthoff (Dalzell Grade School) of Spring Valley, Luke Sanchez (Trinity Catholic) of LaSalle, Kirsten Sibbaluca (Lp Christian) of Dalzell, Olivia Smith (Peru Catholic) of Ladd, and Hannah Yerly (Peru Parkside) of Peru.

Saint Bede Academy announced 16 students from the class of 2019 — 28 percent of the class —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.

"These students have worked hard all year and exemplified the standards set forth by the Illinois State Scholar program,” said St. Bede principal Michelle Mershon, “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: Alex Dittmar (who previously attended Peru Catholic) of Oglesby, Meygan Echols (Waltham) of Ottawa, Ryan Edwall (Peru Catholic) of Utica, Gianna Elias (JFK) of Spring Valley, Alicia Koogler (Peru Catholic) of LaSalle, Curt Lang (Holy Cross) of Mendota, Jack Line (Trinity Catholic) of Peru, Payton Linnig (Dimmick School) Dimmick, Seth Ludford (Waltham) of LaSalle, Maxwell Manning (Ladd Grade School) of Ladd, Pamela Needs (Homeschool) of Peru, John Potthoff (Dalzell Grade School) of Spring Valley, Luke Sanchez (Trinity Catholic) of La Salle, Kirsten Sibbaluca (L-P Christian) of Dalzell, Olivia Smith (Peru Catholic) of Ladd, and Hannah Yerly (Peru Parkside) of Peru.

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.

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