The Illinois State Scholar Program recognizes students attending approved high schools for outstanding academic achievement. State scholar designation provides honorary recognition with no monetary award with approximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools being announced as State Scholars each year.
In order to be considered a State Scholar, a student must be a resident of Illinois and attend an approved high school. He or she must also be in the top 95th percentile of the ACT or SAT while also being ranked in the top 50% of their respective class. Meeting the requirements allows for a student to be considered but does not guarantee them to be awarded a scholar.
St. Rita High School just announced that they have 16 Illinois State Scholars which makes up almost 13% of the class. They include Ryan Barr, James Drenovsky, Ian Leyden, Victor Luna, James Markvart, Jerry Martinez, Ryan McGrath, Michael O’Donnell, Reagan Pender, Vincent Ryan, Zdravko Sarkic, Brendan Schmit, Mitchell Seidal, Anthony Signorelli, George Vanek, and Stanton Zaczek.
“To have this many Illinois State Scholars is a testament
to our students and our faculty,” Principal Brendan Conroy stated. “St. Rita is a well-rounded academic institution that strives for excellence, and these young men are further proof that we are reaching our goals.”