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16 Mount Carmel Students Named Illinois State Scholars

16 Mount Carmel High School students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars.

CHICAGO, IL – Mount Carmel High School President Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm., and Principal John Stimler are pleased to announce that 16 Mount Carmel students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars.

The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).  Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top ten 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 junior year. Mount Carmel guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners.

“We are extremely proud of the 16 students selected to receive this esteemed award,” said Stimler.  “Our community congratulates them on this honor, as well as their parents who support their academic efforts.  We also thank the outstanding group of teachers who help prepare students to receive this honor year after year at Mount Carmel.” 

“At Mount Carmel we are proud to build young men of character and these 16 students certainly exemplify that,” added Fr. Mazurkiewicz.  “This honor is a reflection of the hard work and dedication these students show in the classroom every day.”

Mount Carmel’s 16 Illinois State Scholars are:
Vincenzo Caporale Annunciata Chicago (Eastside)
Elliot Chibe Home School Palos Park
Samuel DeCero St. John the Baptist Chicago (Eastside)
Dominick DioGuardi St. Cajetan Chicago (Beverly)
Brendan Dwyer Homer Jr. High School Lockport
Ryan Fleming St. John Fisher Chicago (Mt. Greenwood)
Justin Gallagher Our Lady of the Woods Orland Park
Phillip Harmon St. Ailbe Chicago
Jake Keller Our Lady of the Ridge Worth
Dylan Klouda St. Francis of Assisi Orland Park
John Lipinski St. Thomas the Apostle Chicago (Hyde Park)
John Reedy St. Cajetan Chicago (Beverly)
Justin Sanchez Bell Elementary Chicago
Vincent Sheridan St. John Fisher Chicago (Beverly)
Dennis Toppel St. Catherine Chicago (Mt. Greenwood)
Nathan Webb Christ the King Chicago (Beverly)

“We’re pleased to honor this year’s Illinois State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC Executive Director. “Not only do they represent the best in educational excellence in Illinois, they also are key to the state’s future economic well-being. The Commission applauds their success and salutes their families and the teachers at Mount Carmel High School on this achievement.”

Originally formed as the Illinois State Scholarship Commission in 1957, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to help obtain financial aid for higher education.

A state agency, ISAC has paved the path to postsecondary education with innovative programs for over 50 years. The Commission continued its mission to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students by administering over 182,000 grants and scholarships totaling over $417 million in FY2011 alone.

PHOTO: Mount Carmel High School President Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm., and Principal John Stimler are pleased to announce that 16 Mount Carmel students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars: (Front Row, from left) Vincenzo Caporale, Nathan Webb, Jake Keller, Dominick DiGuardi, Dylan Klouda, Justin Gallagher; (Middle Row, from left) Justin Sanchez, John Reedy, Elliot Chibe, John Lipinski, Dennis Toppel; (Back Row, from left) Principal John Stimler, Sam DeCero, Phillip Harmon, Vincent Sheridan, Ryan Fleming, and President Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. Not Pictured: Brendan Dwyer.

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