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The State Scholar Program publicly and personally identifies graduating high school seniors who possess superior academic potential. Students from nearly every high school in Illinois compete in the program. State Scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private institutions of higher education in Illinois.
The combination of students’ exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement indicate an especially high potential for success in college.
To be named an Illinois State Scholar is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the recipient’s academic record.
Chrisman’s Hailey Valdes was a recipient of the Illinois State Scholar award for the Class of 2022.
“I found out that I had received this recognition about a month ago when I received a letter in the mail congratulating me,” Valdes said. “I feel as though I have made my whole family proud. All of my hard work and dedication is finally paying off.”
With this recognition, it makes Hailey’s academic resume stand out from others. “I can send my Illinois State Scholar badge to any college of my choosing that will show them I worked hard in high school.”
After graduating next year, Hailey has plans to attend the University of Alabama to major in microbiology.
“I see myself having at least a master’s degree. I see myself researching cellular diseases as part of a research team,” Valdes said. “I see myself doing everything I can to help people with harmful diseases.”