Morgan Park Academy seniors Lisa Chen, Abigail Herman, Emma Huang, Olivia Kamin, Grace Lei, Sabrina Rathi, David Valentine, and Adam Wu have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement, named 2018-19 State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

About 10 percent of Illinois high school seniors are selected each year as State Scholars based on exemplary ACT or SAT scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. Nearly 25 percent of MPA seniors who live in Illinois were selected this year, and 57 MPA students have been selected in the past seven years.

Abigail and David also were among four MPA seniors recognized this fall by the National Merit Scholarship Program for scoring in the top 3 percent of the 1.6 million students nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. This quartet also included seniors Theo Covello and Katarina Stanley, who as Indiana residents are not eligible to be Illinois State Scholars.