Posted on December 12, 2019 · Posted in Academic News, General, News, Press Release

BURBANK, IL –St. Laurence High School is pleased to announce that 25 St. Laurence seniors have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. The total marks the most Illinois State Scholars for St. Laurence since 1988.

Additionally, it is the sixth straight year that the school has witnessed an increase in Illinois State Scholars.
Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Students given this recognition possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.

Luke Baldwin (St. Damian, Oak Forest), Brett Buzzelli (SS. Cyril and Methodius, Homer Glen), Alejandro DelValle (St. Mary Star of the Sea, Chicago), Morgan Fitzgerald (Hamlin Upper Grade Center, Alsip), Emilia Flores (Liberty, Burbank), Lucas Garcia (St. Barbara, McKinley Park), Ruben Garcia (St. Louis de Montfort, Burbank), Alex Gasbarro (Martino Jr. High, New Lenox), William Gomez (St. Louis de Montfort), Meagan Hecker (St. Albert the Great, Burbank), Patrick Hicks (St. Gerald, Oak Lawn), Laila Ismail (Visitation, Chicago), Karla Kalingo (St. Leonard, Berwyn), Thomas Kazeneskie (Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, Oak Lawn), Kyle Kraft (Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, Oak Lawn), Anthony Lenard (Independence Jr. High, Palos Heights), Kyle McHugh (St. Symphorosa, Chicago), Alejandro Mora (St. Mary Star of the Sea, Chicago), Patrick Murphy Jr. (Cassell, Mount Greenwood), Michael O’Shea (SS. Cyril and Methodius, Lemont), Christopher Seropian (St. Daniel the Prophet, Chicago), Pete Stock (Incarnation, Crestwood), Arturo Vilchis (Nathan Hale, Chicago), Daniel Villalobos (Our Lady of the Snows, Chicago) and Annie Zheng (St. Albert the Great, Burbank) were all recognized as Illinois State Scholars for their efforts in the classroom.

The State Scholars are a true representative of St. Laurence’s diverse student population, hailing from 15 different zip codes, 20 different grade schools and a variety of different ethnic backgrounds.

With another large class of State Scholars, St. Laurence is once again expecting many scholarship offers for the senior class. Last year’s Class of 2019 averaged over $137,000 in college scholarships per student, the most ever for a graduating class at St. Laurence.

“We are thrilled to see our number of Illinois State Scholars grow for the sixth consecutive year,” said St. Laurence Principal Jim Muting. “This is a great honor for our students, staff, administration, supporters and partners who make all of this possible. Our commitment to providing a unique STEM curriculum in a project-based environment continues to pay dividends for St. Laurence students.”