BLOOMINGTON - The Pantagraph's 22nd annual Student of the Year college scholarship competition has nominated six students in its ninth week.
The program, sponsored by The Pantagraph, includes 33 Central Illinois high schools. Each school will nominate candidates whose profiles will appear in The Pantagraph every Monday through the middle of January. The students are eligible to compete for one of two $5,000 Student of the Year awards.
The students for this week are Emily Bane, Kelli Coldren and Reid Zehr, all of Prairie Central High School; Rachel Fischer of Roanoke-Benson High School; and Grant Jones and Heather Miller, both of Tri-Valley High School.
Selections are based upon several criteria, including scholastic achievement, involvement in school activities, leadership and responsibility, ambition and community involvement. Financial need is not a consideration.
The number of Students of the Week will vary based on the school's enrollment. Schools with 500 or more students will nominate three seniors. Those with 200 to 499 students will nominate two seniors. Schools with fewer than 200 students will nominate one senior.
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In February, a panel will screen the weekly nominees, based on student applications and grade transcripts, and choose 10 students from schools with enrollments of more than 500, and 10 students from schools with enrollments of fewer than 500.
These 20 students will be the finalists and will be asked to complete essay questions, submit college test scores and conduct an interview in March with a panel of judges. The judges will name two $5,000 Student of the Year winners - one from the larger schools and one from the smaller schools.
This week's nominees are
Bane, daughter of Dr. Philip N. Bane and Dr. Dannielle Jackson of Fairbury, attends Prairie Central, where she is a member of National Honor Society; FFA; band; chorus; Interact Club; FCCLA; and was a 2005 graduation guide.
Coldren, daughter of Dana and Sue Coldren of Fairbury, attends Prairie Central, where she is a member of National Honor Society; Interact Club; CAPTAINS; and was homecoming queen. She also has been involved in volleyball, track and received Distinguished Athlete Award as a sophomore.
Fischer, daughter of Keith and Dori Fischer of Roanoke, attends Roanoke-Benson, where she is a member of National Honor Society; was Senior of the Month; an Illinois State Scholar; and a member of National Beta Club; student council; class treasurer; CAPTAINS; co-editor of school newspaper; Future Homemakers of America; school musical; band; chorus; and Madrigals. She also has been involved in volleyball.
Jones, son of Tim and Sandy Jones of Downs, attends Tri-Valley, where he is a member of National Honor Society; math team; student council; class officer, treasurer as a sophomore and president as a junior; and Spanish Club. He also has been involved in junior varsity and varsity basketball and baseball; and cross country and golf.
Miller, daughter of Robert and Kathi Miller of Bloomington, attends Tri-Valley, where she is a member of National Honor Society; National Merit semi-finalist; Discover Tribute scholarship award winner; Tri-Valley DAR winner; FFA; drama; student government; Scholastic Bowl; Spanish Club; and Key Club. She also has been involved in the girls varsity golf team.
Zehr, son of Quinn and Joan Zehr of Fairbury, attends Prairie Central, where he is a member of National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; FFA; concert band; marching band; jazz band; pep band; and concert choir.