Friday, December 1, 2023

Vienna Students named Illinois State Scholars

Eleven Vienna High School students have recently been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. They include, front row, from left, Alyssa Brumley, Meighan Smith, Taylour Daubert and Jenna Dodge. Back row, Lucas Kossack, Mikalah Greer, Eric McIntyre, Randy Reeder, Courtney Sanders, Wyatt Robinson and Megan McCuan.


Vienna High School principal Patrick Harner is pleased to announce that eleven Vienna High School students from the graduating class of 2015 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, bestows this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually.  This year, over     18, 800 elite honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state.  Selection is based on SAT, ACT, or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year.  High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

The following Vienna High School students were named 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars:

Alyssa Brumley of Vienna, Taylor Daubert of Vienna, Jenna Dodge of Vienna, Mikalah Greer of Vienna, Lucas Kossack of Grantsburg, Megan McCuan of Vienna,  Eric McIntyre of Vienna,  Randy Reeder of Vienna, Wyatt Robinson of Vienna, Courtney Sanders of Vienna and Meighan Smith of Vienna.

“It is with great pride that we announce this year’s group of Illinois State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director.  “In addition to congratulating our State Scholars for their commitment and hard work, we also want to commend their parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors for helping these students achieve their goals.  It really does take a village.”

Zarnikow continues, “ISAC wishes all of the scholars at Vienna High School the best as they pursue their future education and careers.”

While this distinguished recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships.  In addition, students are urged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1.  The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, as well as for many forms of aid offered through colleges.

A calendar of free financial aid and college access events, including FAFSA completion workshops to assist students and families with the form, is available on ISAC’s website,

Students can visit the agency’s website for a wealth of additional financial aid and college planning information and tools, as well as applications for grants and scholarships administered by ISAC.

In addition, students can find out how to access free one-on-one assistance and mentoring in the college-going process.

Vienna High School will host its FAFSA night on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. in order to assist students and families with the application process.