The Principal of Mahomet-Seymour High School said it means a great deal to everyone in the district and community to be recognized as one of the top high schools in Illinois.
For the second straight year, the high school has made the Chicago Sun-Times list of the top 50 high schools in the state, coming in at 34 this year compared to 36 in 2012.
Principal Shannon Cheek said the rankings are primarily based on scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, which is taken by high school juniors. Cheek said it takes a lot of hard work to achieve such a ranking.
Cheek added that students and staff are not satisfied with the ranking as the school continues to strive to find ways to improve. He said that effort includes looking at districts with a similar demographic that are ranked higher on the list.
Mahomet-Seymour and Mount Zion in Macon County are the only high schools in East Central Illinois to make the Chicago Sun-Times top 50 list.