Chester High School Principal Dr. Sarah Gass recently announced that three CHS seniors, Brianna Bachmann, Logan Colvis and Trent Doiron, have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
This school year, approximately 19,300 exceptional honorees will join the other top state students being honored for their academic achievements.
The first honorees were selected back in 1958 and the tradition has been ongoing ever since. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 765 schools across the State of Illinois.
The seniors are chosen based upon a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT scores and their sixth semester class rank.
"I applaud all of the 2017-18 State Scholars for their hard work, and outstanding academic performances," said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC Executive Director. "Students have a lot to contend with as they move through high school such as increased testing, to extracurricular activities to highly competitive college admissions."
While the state scholar recognition does not include a monetary prize, students do receive congratulatory letters, as well as personal certificates of achievement.
• Brianna Bachmann
Bachmann is the daughter of Troy and Rose Bachmann, of Chester. At CHS, Bachmann plays in the band and sings in the CHS Concert Choir.
She is a member of the Summit Chapter of the National Honor Society and works with the CHS Sting school newspaper.
Bachmann joined the Diversity Alliance group last year and was a member of the Scholar Bowl Team as a junior. This year, Brianna is a member of the Summit Yearbook staff and she enjoys going to all CHS sporting events
After graduation, she will attend Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. At SEMO, Bachmann will work towards a degree in Mathematics with plans to be a high school math teacher.
• Logan Colvis
Colvis is the daughter of Dan and Tracy Colvis, of Chester. At CHS, Colvis is involved in the CHS Band programs, volleyball, basketball and softball.
She is president of the National Honor Society and is president of the Student Council. Colvis is also a member of the Chester YellowJacket Spirit Squad and the SADD organization.
She attended Girl"s State last summer and was recently one of the Elk"s Students of the Month.
Colvis was invited to attend the Regional Leadership Conference and she was the American Legion Essay Winner for CHS.
In the community, she volunteers for the youth camps in basketball and softball. She also tutors those in need of academic help and she assists students who are having difficulty with foreign language classes.
After graduation, Colvis will attend Murray State University, where she plans to major in pre-medicine. She would like to be an oncologist eventually.
• Trent Doiron
Trent Doiron is the son of Derek and Karen Doiron, of Chester. At CHS, Doiron enjoys singing and dancing with the CHS Swing Choir, "Sound Affect."
He has been a member of Student Council all four years and is vice president this year. Doiron is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and vice president of the National Honor Society.
Doiron is vice president of Student Government and has been involved with that group since sophomore year.
He has also been involved with the CHS Drama Department all four years, receiving Most Improved actor his sophomore year and Outstanding Characterization Award his sophomore and junior years.
Other activities include Scholar Bowl, computers - in which he received the APP Development Award as a junior - and CHS"s online show The Buzz, among other interests.
Athletically, Doiron has competed in track and field, cross country, basketball and golf. He earned the Most Improved golf award as a senior.
He was the Homecoming King last fall and he received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award last fall as well.
Doiron was one of the Elk"s Students of the Month for September and he was a Regional Office of Education Regional Leadership Conference attendee as a senior.
In the community, Doiron has been active in the Grace Church 4:13 Youth Group and he has served as worship leader all four years of high school.
He competed on the Chester Stingrays Swim Team as a freshman, sophomore and junior and actually helped to coach the team his junior year.
Last summer, he also attended Premier Boys State in Springfield.
Doiron also works in the National Honor Society After School Tutoring Program and assisted with the NHS food drives.
He also works as a counselor at the Grace Church summer camps. Finally, Doiron volunteers with the Grace Church Outreach Program in helping the elderly with yard work each fall and spring.
After high school, Doiron plans to attend either Southeast Missouri University or Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, where he will pursue a degree in nursing. Eventually, he would like to continue a post-graduate degree as a nurse anesthetist.