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IESA and State Farm Proud to Sponsor 2008 Scholar Attitude Award

We are beginning the process to name our tenth group of Scholar Attitude Award presented by State Farm Insurance winners. The following release outlines the process and at the end of the release is the all-time listing of winners by school.

State Farm Insurance Companies and the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) are joined in a partnership to recognize today's dreamers and tomorrow's leaders. State Farm is the sole presenter of the IESA Scholar Attitude Award that will be presented to 30 eighth graders in 2008.

Begun in 1999, the IESA Scholar Attitude Award at first honored 14 outstanding eighth grade students, one from each of the then 14 IESA geographic Board of Directors divisions. Thanks to the support of State Farm, it expanded in 2007 to recognize 28 students and to honor one boy and one girl from each of the 14 IESA divisions. Beginning in 2008, with the expansion of the Board of Directors geographic divisions to 15, a total of 30 students will be selected.

"These are exciting times and the relationship we are developing with our good neighbors at State Farm is one that meshes perfectly the mission of our Association and the mission of State Farm," IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley said of the two Bloomington-based organizations. The IESA mission is to provide the leadership to ensure a wholesome, equitable setting so students in its member schools can enjoy the many positive benefits of participation in interscholastic activities. The Association supports the values of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity. The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

"The students from our IESA schools honored as the annual Scholar Attitude Award presented by State Farm winners are among the best and brightest in Illinois," Endsley said. "They are the young leaders in their school and community who dream to do great things as junior high school students and become the leaders, the very best of good neighbors so to speak, in their community as adults. We are fortunate to have the support of State Farm. Its involvement in this partnership makes a strong, positive, forward thinking statement to all the young people in our schools throughout Illinois."

State Farm employs more than 20,000 people in Illinois alone, making it one of the state's leading employers. State Farm has 79,200 employees and more than 16,700 agents servicing 71.6 million policies in the United States and Canada. The company says its involvement with the IESA is a natural extension of the broad commitment it has made through its Good Neighbor Citizenship program.

"For more than 80 years, State Farm has benefited from the experiences students carry from their school classrooms and playing fields into their professional lives," said Mary Crego, Senior Vice President at State Farm. "We are very pleased to join with IESA in honoring these outstanding students. Even at their young ages, they have shown they are the ones who have vision now that they can realize their dreams by going beyond what is expected of them in the classroom, in their athletic and activity competition, and in their community."

The IESA Scholar Attitude Award has honored 140 students from 100 different schools throughout Illinois. One student from each school who is considered exemplary is eligible to be chosen as a recipient provided he or she meets pre-determined standards.

The following requirements apply: eighth grade status, minimum 3.5 grade-point-average (on a 4.0 scale), participation in at least one IESA activity during his or her two-year junior high school career and demonstration of outstanding citizenship during their tenure. In addition, each student is required to submit a typed essay titled The Value of Sportsmanship.

The 2008 Scholar Attitude Award presented by State Farm Luncheon will be Friday, April 18 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Bloomington. To learn how to nominate a student, visit and click on Scholar Attitude.

Each Scholar Attitude Award winner will receive an individualized plaque, an individual medallion, an individual DVD commemorating the event, and a savings bond. Each winner's school also receives a plaque to be displayed at the school.

The Illinois Elementary School Association is a not-for-profit organization of 754 public and private grade, middle and junior high schools. The IESA is the nation's only organization of its kind for students in grades five-eight. The IESA provides opportunities for participation and recognition in five sports for boys, five sports for girls, and five non-athletic activities. The web site is

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All-Time Scholar Attitude Winners by School
(Current as of July 1, 2007)

Algonquin Heineman MS (1)--Haley Loprieno, 2007
Antioch (2)--Loren Scarbrough, 2001; Erin Schoenfelder, 2005
Argenta-Oreana JHS (1)--Scott Brinkmann, 2000
Arthur (1)--Michael Rosenbaum, 2007
Athens (1)--Aubree Cantrall, 2002
Barrington Station (1)--Natalie Piper, 2003 Bartonville Oak Grove (1) -- Jessica Foster, 1999
Beardstown JHS (2)--Cassie Fischer, 2000; Whitney Howell, 2001
Beecher City (1)--Kaycie Rueter, 2002
Bloomington JHS (1)--Laura Colee, 2001
Bolingbrook Brooks (1)--Kyle Clark, 2007
Bradford (1)--Caitlin Blaisdell, 2005
Bradley Central (2)--Jessica Parr, 2001; Carrie Hilliker, 2003
Brimfield (1)--Heath Moore, 2006
Brownstown (1)--Tiffany Gould, 2003
Burr Ridge Gower (2)--Frank Trager III, 2002; Jake Mihalkanin, 2007
Bushnell-Prairie City (1) -- Anne Rauschert, 2007
Camp Point Central (2)--Alexander Rhea, 2004; Josiah Moore, 2006
Carlinville (2)--Stephanie Millard, 2002; Josie Millard, 2004
Carrollton (1)--Kurtis Weber, 2007
Carthage MS (1)--Lexanne Dickerson, 2000
Catlin (2)--Erica Rund, 2002; Nathan Fathauer, 2007
Champaign St. Matthew (2)--Julie Conner, 2001; Andrea Palazzolo, 2005
Channahon JHS (1)--Anna Fairbairn, 2002
Chatham Glenwood (2)--Matthew Wolfson, 2004; Elizabeth Sterr, 2005
Chenoa (1)--Jaleese Sipe, 2003
Danville North Ridge (1)--Hannah Reeley, 2003
Danville Oakwood (2)--Ali Sermak, 2006; Michaela Eickhoff, 2007 Divernon (1)--Megan Murphy, 2002
Dunlap (1)--Sullivan Curtin, 2007
Easton Illini Central (1)--J. Landon Frye, 2004
Effingham JHS (1)--Meghan Scott, 2007
Effingham St. Anthony (1)--Hannah Esker, 2004
Elgin St. Laurence (1)--Ashley Lucas, 2004
Elmwood (2)--Sarah Gorham, 2002; Tessa Copple, 2007
Flanagan (1) -- Anna Roeschley, 1999
Forreston (3)--Hannah Goodrich, 2003; Austin LeClere, 2006; Holly Kortemeier, 2007
Forrest Prairie Central (1)--Kelcey Shafer, 2005
Frankfort Summit Hill (1)--Matthew Niendorf, 2006
Girard (3)--Elizabeth Pocklington, 2001; Alexis Westerhausen, 2003; Erika Fouts, 2005
Green Valley Midwest Central (1)--Leanna Schleder, 2000
Greenview (1)--Shane Hoerbert, 2007
Hardin St. Norbert (1)--Sarah Hausmann, 2007
Hartsburg-Emden (1)--Will Cross, 2007
Herscher (1)--Rachel Schultz, 2004
Heyworth (2)--Taylor Russell, 2005; Kelsey Davis, 2007
Homer Heritage (1)--Candace McGee, 2000
Jerseyville St. Francis Holy Ghost (1)--Brendan Kimble, 2006
Kinmundy South Central (1)--Bethany Yates, 2000
Lincoln Carroll Catholic (1)--Audra Krusz, 2007
Lincoln JHS (1)--Kristen Gandenberger, 1999
Lincoln West Lincoln-Broadwell (3) -- Katelyn Atteberry, 2003; Blair Bruns, 2005; Abby Olson, 2006
Livingston A.R. Graiff (1)--Leslie Oltmann, 1999
Lovington (2)--Marissa Reedy, 1999; Daniel Bolsen, 2005
Macomb (3) -- Jennie Harris, 1999; Matthew Wetmore, 2003; Ryan Kimler, 2007
Mahomet-Seymour (1)--Kelsey Erickson, 2004
Metamora Germantown Hills (1)--Sarah Flintgruber, 2007
Morton JHS (3)--Benjamin Smidt, 1999; Peter Smidt, 2001; Jacob Kirk, 2006
Minooka JHS (2) -- Carisa Jurgens, 1999, Ajit Gogawale, 2000
Mt. Zion JHS (2)--Meredith Fiesler, 2001; Blaise Carie, 2002
Neponset (1)--Samantha Crawford, 2001
New Lenox Martino (2)--Daniel Schliffka, 2005; Sara Losacco, 2007
Normal Chiddix (3)--Anne Hardy, 1999; Shanna Diller, 2000; William Ward, 2006
Normal Kingsley (1)--Samuel Wylde, 2007
Normal Parkside (1)--Jessica Glass, 2002
Palatine Quest (1)--Aylla Lashaway-Mueller, 2006
Peoria Hollis (1)--Justin Woodmancy, 2003
Peoria Limestone Walters (1)--Katie Thomason, 2004
Peoria Norwood (1)--Sara Swanson, 2000
Peoria St. Philomena (1)--Timothy Newlin, Jr., 2001
Piper City Tri-Point (1)--Brian Hills, 2004
Pocahontas (1)--Elise Elliott, 2000
Pontiac St. Mary.s (5)--Joe Rainbolt, 2000; Joelle Curry, 2001; Brian Lambert, 2002; Danielle Daluga, 2004; Marty Schultz, 2007
Prospect Heights MacArthur (1)--Jessica Swakow, 2000
River Forest Roosevelt (1) -- Elena Goetz, 1999
Rockford Christian (1)--Ashley Carlson, 2000
Rockford Holy Family (1)--Brett Harp, 2005
Roseville (2)--Abbey Leonard, 2001; Mary Jo Sprout, 2002
St. Joseph (1)--Lindsey Cler, 1999
St. Marie East (1)--Krista Millsap, 2001
Springfield Grant (3)--Jennifer Southworth, 1999; Eric Waldman, 2003; Madelynn Fetter, 2006
Springfield Lincoln Magnet (1)--Collin Innis, 2007
Spring Valley Kennedy (1)--Katie Nett, 2002
Streator Northlawn (1)--Heidi Isermann, 2003
Streator Woodland (1)--Carly Kaminke, 2006
Stewardson-Strasburg (1)--Sarah Anderson, 2001
Sullivan (2)--Lara Seelhoefer, 2002; Carrie Kuhns, 2003
Taylorville (2)--Stephen Salisbury, 2000; Jessica Stout, 2004
Taylorville VisionWay (1)--Katherine Althoff, 2006
Teutopolis (3)--Beth Kreke, 2005; Lance Niebrugge, 2006; Jordan Haskenherm, 2007
Tremont (2)--Parker Thompson, 2005; Hannah Booker, 2007
Walnut Bureau Valley North (3) -- Matthew Pistole, 1999; Hillary Monier, 2004; Tanner Schoff, 2007
Warsaw (1)--Kerbee Koehler, 2005
Warrensburg-Latham (1)--Luke Butts, 2004
Washington Central (1)--Sarah Cotner, 2003
Wheeler West (1)--Jill Pitcher, 1999
Winchester (1)--Ashlyn Jacquot, 2007
Windsor (1)--Hannah Cole, 2007

Nine-Year Totals: Schools = 98; Students = 140
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