West Prairie Announces Illinois State Scholar

West Prairie Announces Illinois State Scholar
Posted on 01/03/2020
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(Sciota), IL – West Prairie High School Principal Chad Cox is pleased to announce that Johnnie Dean from the West Prairie High School graduating class of 2020 has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar.

Johnnie is the son of Tanya & Jeff Clark and Kent Dean. He plans to attend Parkland College in Champaign, IL.  

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students annually. This year, more than 17,500 honorees join the other top students who have been honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.  

The 2020-21 Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 726 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank. This year, ISAC is celebrating all State Scholars with two videos (https://bit.ly/2LftKqW) that highlight some of the state’s exceptional students.  

“The faculty and staff at West Prairie High School are proud of Johnnie Dean for being named an Illinois State Scholar.  Johnnie maintains high academic marks in all of his classes. He is a hard worker and positive leader for the FFA and for the school. Johnnie has a bright future ahead of him and I know he will accomplish amazing things after WPHS,” said Chad Cox, West Prairie High School Principal.

“On behalf of ISAC, we congratulate the 2020-21 Illinois States Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “I’m consistently impressed with the passion, focus, organization, and dedication of our State Scholars. It is a credit to these students--as well as to their support systems and to our schools--that so many of them are not only driven to achieve but also reflect a true love of learning and a desire to use their education to make the world a better place.”


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