Posted on December 11, 2017 · Posted in General, News, Press Release

St. Laurence High School is pleased to announce that 24 St. Laurence students from the graduating class of 2018 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

Veronica Belanski (St. Symphorosa, Chicago), Luke Bench (Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park), Daniel Carroll (Century Junior High, Orland Park), Gabriel Chimera (St. Damian, Oak Forest), Humberto Elizondo (Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge), Daniel Franko (St. Jane de Chantal, Chicago), Jacob Gerloski (St. Daniel the Prophet, Chicago), Nicholas Heiden (Liberty Junior High, Burbank), Brandon Hernandez (St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn), Elizabeth Hicks (St. Gerald, Oak Lawn), Joseph Hincks (Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, Oak Lawn), Melissa Madrangca (St. Albert the Great, Burbank), Brigid Mundt (St. Mary, Mokena), Jose Munoz (Epiphany, Chicago), Kerstin Rafferty (Queen of Martyrs, Evergreen Park), Devon Rembis (Kolmar, Oak Lawn), Matt Smuda (Palos South, Palos Park), Joshua Sone, Maciej Staszel (Worth Junior High, Worth), George Stock (Incarnation, Crestwood), Emilia Vates (St. Mary Star of the Sea, Chicago), Mya Wrencher (St. Dorothy, Chicago), Jessica Zepeda (Wilkins Junior High, Justice), and Adam Zurek (St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn) were all recognized for their efforts in the classroom.

These students are representative of tremendous academic growth at St. Laurence since shifting to a STEM-based curriculum. 13% of students in the Class of 2018 are Illinois State Scholars, which is nearly double the three-year average prior to the curriculum change.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 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.
“We are thrilled with our continued increase of Illinois State Scholars,” said St. Laurence Principal Jim Muting. “Our commitment to providing a unique STEM curriculum in a project-based environment continues to pay dividends for St. Laurence students. Congratulations to the 23 students who earned this prestigious recognition.”