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Barking up the academic tree


Thirty-two seniors at Richards High School in Oak Lawn have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Roughly 10 percent of high school seniors in Illinois earn such recognition each year.

The honorees are Mahmoud Abdel, Mohammed Ahmed, Hadell Al-Taher, Briana Allen, Nyssa Amato, Brian Artz, Yvita Bustos, Nicholas Costa, Lauren Davis, Francisco Deloera, Rebecca Dunterman, Jessica Flores, Elizabeth Gacek, Hanna Grochal, Emily Guerin, Vanessa Huerta-Correa, Brendan Johnson, Kelly Kaminsky, Amber Kunz, Nicholas Malecki, Kelly McGreal, Nethaum Mizyed, Jordan Moeller, Nicole Norris, Jeffrey O'Boyle, Dariusz Obrochta, Jasmine Ortega, Eftihia Peroulas, Carlos Rodriguez, Neil Slowinski, Alyssa Straits and Rachel Thomas.