Grant J. Stec, Woodstock, Woodstock High School

Connor Sundberg, Algonquin, Marian Central Catholic High School

EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Erica Allender, Champaign, Centennial High School

Catherine P. Chu, Bloomington, Central Catholic High School

Nora Coghlan, Kankakee, Kankakee High School

Sean Corcoran, Bourbonnais, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School

Joelle Friesen, Normal, University High School

Rachel Hile-Broad, Normal, Normal Community High School

Kenzie Krause, Cullom, Tri-Point High School

Luke Robinson, Tilton, Danville High School

WEST & CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Zackary Endsley, Lewistown, Lewistown High School

Caleb Fischer, Quincy, Quincy Senior High School

Cody J. Hanson, Buffalo, Tri-City High School

Lucas D. Joseph, East Peoria, East Peoria Community High School

Stephanie Saey, Galesburg, Galesburg High School

Kyle Sottoriva, Carlinville, Carlinville High School

McKenzie Jean Vose, Perry, Griggsville-Perry High School

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Katelyn Brinker, Highland, Highland High School

Tyler Goldammer, Edwardsville, Edwardsville High School

Sarah Goodale, Carbondale, Carbondale Community High School

Ciara Kellogg, Millstadt, Belleville West High School

Haley Koch, Fairview Heights, Belleville East High School

Tiffani Ann McCormick, Shiloh, O'Fallon Township High School

Steven Wood, Carterville, Carterville High School

How the winners were chosen

Those who competed for the 28th annual All-State Academic scholarships were nominated by their principals. The judges — educators and others involved in education issues or organizations — ranked each application on the basis of activities showing achievement and leadership, grades, test scores and a creative essay. For the essay, students were asked to imagine going back in time to try and prevent someone from inventing or producing something they believe to be harmful or just plain annoying. What would they say to this person to make the case? The judges chose 70 finalists from seven regions in Illinois. From those, 10 winners were chosen for $2,000 college scholarships from the Chicago Tribune Foundation, which supports civic, educational, cultural and journalistic efforts.