Seniors at four Plainfield area high schools recently helped set a new record for their school district.
Some 214 seniors have been named Illinois State Scholars, a record high for Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202. The previous high was 209 set in 2012.
District Spokesman Tom Hernandez said the district has seen a steady increase in the number of state scholars. He credited the trend to the district's curriculum and support for students to challenge themselves.
"Our students are doing very well and continue to do very well," he said.
Though SAT scores dipped slightly this year due to changes in the testing process, Hernandez said the district had been seeing an upward trend in SAT scores over the last several years.
Illinois State scholars are selected, in part, by SAT scores. Other criteria used include ACT and Prairie State Achievement exam scores and class rank at the end of a student's junior year. High school guidance counselors also work with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to determine Illinois State Scholar winners. ISAC recognized 19,300 high school students as state scholars.
Of the 214 seniors from Plainfield schools, 50 are from Plainfield Central, 56 from Plainfield South, 61 from Plainfield North and 47 from Plainfield East high schools.