BLOOMINGTON — The Pantagraph's 22nd annual Student of the Year college scholarship competition has nominated seven students in its seventh 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 Kelly Reuss of Illini Central High School; Matthew Bischoff, Erin Bradley and Jamie Lyons, all of Normal Community High School; John Carson and Mark Frichtl, both of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School; and Tessa Miller, Lexington 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.
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
w Reuss, daughter of Darrel and Kay Reuss of Mason City, attends Illini Central, where she is a member of National Honor Society; homecoming committee; Future Educators of America; science club; link crew; and prom committee. She also has been involved in volleyball and pompon squad.
w Bischoff, son of Robert Bischoff and Joy Bischoff of Bloomington, attends NCHS, where he is a member of National Honor Society; is a National Merit Commended Scholar; and a member of Spanish Honor Society. He was Spanish II student of the year; a member of Mu Alpha Theta; Rotary Club student of the month; and a member of Premier Boys State of Illinois; student newspaper, editor; junior class board; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; office monitor; Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team; Junior Engineering Technical Society team; and Scholastic Bowl. He also has been involved in basketball.
w Bradley, daughter of Robert and Maureen Bradley of Normal, attends NCHS, where she is a member of National Honor Society; is a National Merit semifinalist; and a member of Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She was Spanish student of the year, sophomore and junior; and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes; mock trial team; social studies club; orchestra; Spanish club; and Scholastic Bowl. She also has been involved in golf and track.
w Carson, son of Keith and LeaAnn Carson of Loda, attends PBL, where he is a member of National Honor Society; FFA; math team; band; chorus; show choir; honors chorus; and high school spring musical. He also has been involved in cross country, swim team, football and track.
w Frichtl, son of Donald and Patti Frichtl of Paxton, attends PBL, where he is a member of National Honor Society; was a student of the month nominee; and a member of concert band; jazz band; school play, freshman; speech, freshman; FBLA; chorus; math team; and student council.
w Lyons, daughter of Jim and Cindy Lyons of Bloomington, attends NCHS, where she is a member of National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; French Honor Society; Capitol Forum; Illini Girls State; Delta Kappa Gamma; Prism Research Symposium; and was Rotary Student of the Month. She won the French III award; and is a member of class boards all four years; student council; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and French club. She also has been involved in marching band; symphonic band; Madrigals choir; jazz choir; spring musical productions; All-District Choir; All-State Choir; and solo/ensemble contests.
w Miller, daughter of Michael Miller and Jean Miller of Lexington, attends Lexington High, where she is a member of National Honor Society; student council; math team; class officer, freshman and sophomore; Key Club; FCCLA; Spanish club; yearbook staff; prom committee; musical as junior; honorary junior marshal; and homecoming court. She also has been involved in volleyball and track.