Marion High School has recognized Zachary Belanger, Carl Hirschi, Faith Hudgens, Skyler Imhoff, Brendan Lewis and Kaitlyn Watson for academic excellence.
Belanger, 18, received 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition - honorable mention and a Global Studies Award. He is a member of National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, John Bradley Youth Advisory Council, Spanish club and Future Business Leaders of America, and is weekend assistant manager at Extreme Sports.
The son of Scott and Mary Belanger of Marion, he plans to study business and architecture at University of Illinois.
Hirschi, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and Eagle Scout, received a Rotary Silver Key, was named to All-State Honors Choir, and placed first in chemistry for Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering. He is a member of National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M, drum line, jazz band, concert band, jazz choir, show choir and student council.
The son of Joe and Carol-Lynne Hirschi of Marion, he plans to major in chemical engineering at Brigham Young University.
Hudgens, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and three-year Rotary Gold Key winner, and received Cross Country Wildcat Award. She is a member of Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and student council executive board and is Friends in Christ president, FBLA vice president, Illuminations co-editor and co-vice president of the senior class.
The daughter of Wade and Deanna Hudgens of Marion, she plans to study biology and environmental science at Austin Peay State University.
Imhoff, 18, received the Presidential Bronze Volunteer Service Medal, Rotary Awards for ninth through 11th grades and Lions Club Journalist of the Year. She is student council president, alto section leader of MHS choir, editor of The Student newspaper, head delegate of Model UN, founder and mentee coordinator of MHS Big Cat Peer Mentor.
The daughter of April and James Imhoff of Marion, she plans to major in biology with a minor in Spanish at Northern Illinois University.
Lewis, 18, is a Rotary Award winner, three-time Lions Club Award winner, John A. Logan Poetry Contest winner, three-time MVP of golf team and two-time IHSA state golf qualifier. He is a member of National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and FBLA and is Young Conservatives Club vice president.
The son of Jill and Randy Lewis of Marion, he plans to study finance at John A. Logan College.
Watson, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, Rotary Award winner and National Honor Society Top Ten of Junior Class; and received perfect attendance, AP U.S. Historian, student council, honors English one and business achievement awards. She is a member of National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-Hi-Y, FBLA, Spanish club, senior class vice president, student council secretary and a member of Friends in Christ, Illuminations Club and varsity dance team.
The daughter of Brian and Kim Watson of Marion, she plans to major in education at Murray State University.
Commencement was at 7 p.m. May 12 in Rent One Park. Baccalaureate was at 7 p.m. May 11 in Cornerstone Church.