Putnam County High School announces 9 recipients of the Illinois State Scholar award

The award places them in the top ten percent of Seniors in the State of Illinois

Putnam County High School announced nine seniors will receive 2022 Illinois State Scholar recognition. These scholars were selected by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission based on SAT scores, as well as overall grade-point average at the end of their junior year.

Selection for this honor places these students among the top 10% of seniors in Illinois. The nine recipients are:

  • James Baele, the son of Brandy Baele from Mount Palatine. Baele plans to attend Bradley University and pursue a degree in electrical engineering.
  • Eli Postula, the son of Jeff and Shelly Postula of Mark. Postula plans to attend Iowa State University and pursue a degree in electrical engineering.
  • Erin Brooker, the daughter of Jim and Sue Brooker of Granville. Brooker plans to continue her education at Illinois Valley Community College and pursue a degree in one of her passions – engineering or the medical field.
  • Makayla Ritko, the daughter of Jeff and Tracy Ritko of Streator. Ritko plans to continue her education at IVCC and pursue a degree in molecular biology.
  • Sydney Miller, the daughter of Doug and Tracy Miller of Tonica. Miller plans to attend IVCC and pursue a degree in engineering.
  • Lillian Sandberg, the daughter of Ryan and Brandy Sandberg of McNabb. Sandberg plans to attend Lawrence University and pursue a degree in international relations.
  • Paige Terando, the daughter of Shelly Terando and Rob Morfey of Hennepin. Terando plans to attend either the University of Tennessee or the University of Illinois and pursue a degree in history, film or journalism.
  • Isaac Wujek, the son of Dan and Katie Wujek of Granville. Wujek plans to continue his education at IVCC for a pre-med degree with hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry.
  • Jaidin Trone, the daughter of Daniel and Kristine Trone of McNabb. Trone plans to attend Illinois State University and pursue a degree in either agriculture education or agriculture/animal science.