DHS Students Named Illinois State Scholars

Congratulations to DHS Seniors Kaitlyn Bloemer , Seth Bohnhoff and Rachel Higgs for being named Illinois State Scholars!


The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars. These exceptional students rank in approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors in Illinois and are chosen each year based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.

“In this 60th year of the Illinois State Scholar Program, we are proud to announce another class of outstanding students that will lead us into the future,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “We congratulate these Scholars on their hard work and accomplishments. Congratulations also and thank you to the families, principals, teachers, counselors, coaches, mentors, and all of the other individuals who not only help our students find the path that will allow them to flourish, but also support them every step of the way.”  

While this prestigious designation does not include a monetary award, Illinois State Scholars will receive a congratulatory letter from ISAC and a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Honorees can also download a digital Illinois State Scholar badge that can be displayed on their online profiles and social media platforms, and shared with high school counselors, prospective colleges, employers, family members and others. A complete list of the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars can be found on ISAC’s website. Note that the Program announces honorees based on the year they would begin any postsecondary education, not based on the year they graduate from high school.

ISAC encourages all students, including State Scholars, to complete their 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) as soon as possible.  The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal and most state and institutional financial aid available for any type of postsecondary education, including vocational education, certificates, and two or four year degree programs.

Students and families can get assistance with the financial aid and college-going process by attending a free workshop or presentation by ISAC or one of its partners, or by contacting their local ISACorps member, one of a group of recent college graduates trained to serve as near-peer mentors to assist students and families with college access and financial aid. See studentportal.isac.org/ISACorps. Students can also visit the ISAC Student Portal , studentportal.isac.org, for college planning, financial aid and financial literacy information and free tools, and can get answers to their college-going and financial aid questions sent directly to their phones by signing up for ISAC College Q&Aisac.org/collegeqa, ISAC’s free text messaging service. ISAC also offers assistance through the agency’s call center, 1-800-899-4722 (ISAC).

Here are the Illinois State Scholars from our area, by school:

North Clay

Raigan Frye   Sara Griffith


Leah Brown   Cora Coatney


Ian Fain   Alexandra Helmuth   Brittany Krampe   Ana Owens


Nathan Budde   Anthony Klitzing   Rebecca Kuhns   August Laatsch   Dawn Pagel

Beecher City

Sierra Braun    Zachery Burks   Emma Lagerhausen


Kaitlyn Bloemer   Seth Bohnhoff   Rachel Higgs


Abigail Baez-Patino   Bethany Baez-Patino   Abigail Burgess   Madison Buscher   Brian Campbell   Jeremiah Crowell   Jamie Dillow  Bayleigh Flynn   Miranda Fox   Lucas Hagler   Keira Hirtzel   Cooper Jackson   Kaleb Kihne   Payton Koester   Noah McCammon  Isabella Munoz   Skyler Schafer   Ty Sprakties   Cole Stanfield

St. Anthony

Anna Jones   Suhyun Moon   Blake Niebrugge   Charlotte Spraul   Benjamin Stullmyer   Bryson Wall   Ava Wegman   Kaitlyn Zeller


Tyler Deters   Savannah Grimes   Julia Hardiek   Charles Hoene   Allie Niebrugge   Abigail Schmidt   Macy Vogt   Kate Volk   Elizabeth Will   Will Wortman


Kyzara Hissong

St. Elmo

Megan Denton


Josie Angel   Connor Bierman   Zachary Dust   Arianna Goss   Ryan Hagen   Ashley Keller   Emma Pitcher   Alison Russell   Noelle Stoops   Keri Zumbahlen

South Central

Miriam Blomberg   Deidre Hall   Logan Lotz


Ashley Bartels   Luke Senteney


Katrina Davis   Logan Mathis   Calla Roney   Megan Schlechte   Wyatt Smith


Logan Greuel