2017 Illinois State Scholars


Marist High School principal Larry Tucker recently announced that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) named 71 Marist seniors Illinois State Scholars. This brings the total of Illinois State Scholars from Marist to 473 over the past seven years.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 738 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank. 

“On behalf of ISAC, I want to congratulate all of this year’s State Scholars for their exceptional work and wish them much success in their future endeavors,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC executive director. “Thank you also to the teachers, parents, coaches and other mentors who support our students, inspire them, and help them navigate a path to college. You make a tremendous difference not only in our students’ lives, but in improving economic prosperity and building a bright future for our state.” 

“We are so proud of our Illinois State Scholars,” Tucker said. “This is a powerful reflection of the caliber of students at our school, as well as the strong curriculum and preparation our teachers provide to help students excel.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 members who were named Illinois State Scholars:

Megan Alagna St. Cajetan
Jack Anderson Independence Jr. High
Victor Andrade St. Symphorosa / Our Lady of the Snows
Joseph Barry St John Fisher
Alexandra Benak St. Christina
Kevin Bernichio OLHMS
Abram Camarena St. Damian
Madeline Carmody Independence Jr. High
Natalie Davidson St. Linus
Domani Dioguardi Aguilar Veterans Memorial
Jack Feldner Century Jr. High
Thomas Fitzgerald Most Holy Redeemer
Magnolia Gamino St. Mary Star of the Sea
Kaylee Harris Century Jr. High
Elizabeth Hermann Cardinal Bernardin
Kathleen Hogan Most Holy Redeemer
Catherine Hynes Independence Jr. High
Morgan Johnson St. Catherine of Alexandria
Cole Kareta OLHMS
Ashley Kikos St. Christina
Anna Kloehn Palos South
Martha Kowalski St. Patricia
MaryAnn Kuffell St. John of the Cross
Steven Larkin St. Christina
Alex Lawler-Meikle St. Cajetan
Michael Lawlor St. Michael
Michelle Lenz Koraes





St. Christopher

St. Linus

Ravi Majeti Mt. Greenwood
Nicholas Marks St. Linus
Emily Marx St. Alexander
Morgan McDonald Central Junior High School
Sarah McGovern Mt. Greenwood
Kyle McNamara St. Michael
Sara Mesmer St. Damian
Kaitlyn Meyer Palos South
Nicole Mischak Palos South
Jacob Mozdzen Palos South
Peter Naber St. Christina
Jacob Nichols St. Christina
Abigail O'Connell St. Francis Xavier
Mary O'Neill St. John Fisher
Jason Park Cardinal Bernardin
Valerie Pavilonis Mt. Greenwood
Jordan Polit St. Rene Goupil
Daniel Poncer Incarnation
Alex Porter St. Walter
Emily Radz Prairie Jr. High
Jacob Rahn St. Germaine
Samantha Reidy Independence Jr. High
Grace Reilly St. Catherine of Alexandria
Benjamin Rickey St. Christopher
Gabrielle Rivera St. Damian
Kara Rochowicz St. Christina
Kevin Rook Keller Middle School
Kiley Ross Palos South
Abigale Rosynek Palos South
Emily Ruby Palos South
John Shanahan Century Jr. High
Samantha Spain St. Symphorosa
Daniel Stanecki Central Jr. High
Patrick Stevens Independence Jr. High
Grace Stinites St. Cajetan
Kaitlin Sweeney St. Barnabas
Olivia Toppel St. Catherine of Alexandria
Megan Tracy St. Germaine
Haley Vihnanek OLHMS
Elise Viz SS. Cyril and Methodius
Timothy Vulich St Linus
Kathleen Wilkison St. Symphorosa


Not pictured: Victor Andrade, Martin Lundy, Jordan Polit, and Haley Vihnanek