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Northwest Suburban Academic Team honorable mentions

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  • Emily Begnel

      Emily Begnel

  • Nikhil Byanna

      Nikhil Byanna

  • Lauren Caruba

      Lauren Caruba

  • Justin Chen

      Justin Chen

  • Michael Chmiel

      Michael Chmiel

  • Riti Chokshi

      Riti Chokshi

  • Madelynn Conlin

      Madelynn Conlin

  • Catherine Cwieka

      Catherine Cwieka

  • Nicholas DiMaso

      Nicholas DiMaso

  • Veronica Drozdowski

      Veronica Drozdowski

  • Rachel Frame

      Rachel Frame

  • Eilrayna Gelyana

      Eilrayna Gelyana

  • Eiftu Haile

      Eiftu Haile

  • Sarah Hunt

      Sarah Hunt

  • Rachel Mia Kaim

      Rachel Mia Kaim

  • Kelsey Johnson

      Kelsey Johnson

  • Roche Kapoor

      Roche Kapoor

  • Maura Kelly

      Maura Kelly

  • Daniel Kerekes

      Daniel Kerekes

  • Prasanna Marathe

      Prasanna Marathe

  • Robert D. Moynihan

      Robert D. Moynihan

  • Eliza Nieweglowska

      Eliza Nieweglowska

  • Alexa Pagley

      Alexa Pagley

  • Steven Pavlakis

      Steven Pavlakis

  • Katie Pantell

      Katie Pantell

  • Anthony Pensa

      Anthony Pensa

  • Emily Peterson

      Emily Peterson

  • Laura Pettersen

      Laura Pettersen

  • Ahmad Mansoor Safi

      Ahmad Mansoor Safi

  • Brian Wadsworth

      Brian Wadsworth

  • Weronika Wasilewski

      Weronika Wasilewski

  • Blake Wetherton

      Blake Wetherton

  • Matthew Wen

      Matthew Wen

  • Jenny Yan

      Jenny Yan

 

Emily Begnel

School: Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Thomas and Myrna Begnel

Class rank: 1 out of 500

GPA: 5.71 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

College: Rice University

Planned major: Biochemistry and Spanish

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Illinois State Scholar; Science Olympiad; WYSE Sectional Team

Nikhil Byanna

School: Conant High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Vid and Sudha Byanna

Class rank: 2 out of 565

GPA: 5.0160 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

College: Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan

Planned major: Economics and industrial engineering

Awards, honors: University of Michigan Engineering Scholarship of Honor; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Merit Commended Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Business Professionals of America 3-year National Qualifier.

Lauren Caruba

School: Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Jim and Susan Caruba

Class rank: 8 out of 604

GPA: 32 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

College: Northwestern University

Planned major: Journalism

Awards, honors: IHSA State Journalism Competition; National Merit finalist; Illinois State Scholar; editor in-chief of school newspaper.

Justin Chen

School: Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Gordon Chen and Anne Chen

Class rank: 5 out of 603

GPA: 4.88 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

College: University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Emory University

Planned major: Business

Awards, honors: National AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Illinois PSAT Outstanding Excellence in all subjects; Business Student of the Quarter; Tri-M Music Masters Honors.

Michael Chmiel

School: Wheeling High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Parents: Harold Chmiel and Madelene Tarczynski

Class rank: 1 out of 469

GPA: 5.7444 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

College: University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: Gold National Scholarship; Presidential Scholarship, University of Minnesota; Grainger Freshman Scholarship; National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar.

Riti Chokshi

Named to the 2010-11 Fox Valley Academic Team

School: Elgin High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Kalpesh and Rupal Chokshi

Class rank: 1 out of 506

GPA: 5.0 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test score: ACT: 30

College: University of Illinois at Chicago

Planned major: Chemistry, pharmacy

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Mathletes, HOSA, Scholastic Bowl.

Madelynn Conlin

School: Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Tom and Nancy Conlin

Class rank: 3 out of 503

GPA: 5.62 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

College: University of Notre Dame

Planned major: Mathematics

Awards, honors: Bausch and Lomb Science Award; American Mathematics Competition; three-time bronze medalist, National Spanish Exam; Illinois State Scholar; IHSA All-State Academic Team.

Catherine Cwieka

School: Maine East High School

Hometown: Morton Grove

Parents: Leszek and Antonina Cwieka

Class rank: 2 out of 454

GPA: 4.80 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

College: Northwestern University, Washington University, Lawrence University

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with Honors; District 207's Best for Academic Achievement; Tech Olympics at Illinois High School Theatre Fest; Constitution Contest; Math Team.

Nicholas DiMaso

School: East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Parents: Pamela and Philip DiMaso

Class rank: 1 out of 381

GPA: 4.0000 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

College: Stanford University, Northwestern University, Harvard University

Planned major: Undecided major, minor in Spanish

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Science Olympiad; Fern Award for Excellence in English; Math Departmental Award; Science Departmental Award.

Veronica Drozdowski

School: East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Parents: Barbara and Ludwik Drozdowski

Class rank: 1 out of 381

GPA: 4.463 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

College: Harvard College, Notre Dame, University of Illinois

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Helen St. John Certificate for math, science and modern language; Jane Russell Award for Excellence in Science; American History Award; Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner.

Rachel Frame

School: Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: David and Joyce Frame

Class rank: 4 out of 501

GPA: 4.94 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test score: ACT: 34

College: Washington University, University of North Carolina; or Miami of Ohio

Planned major: International business or public health

Awards, honors: Harrison Scholarship; first place statewide 3-D Teapot Show; AP Scholar with Honor; National Honor Society president; Illinois State Scholar.

Eilrayna Gelyana

Named to the 2010-11 Lake County Academic Team

School: Stevenson High School Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Parents: Dennis and Valantine Gelyana

Class rank: 3 out of 1,140

GPA: 4.7901 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 2390

College: Harvard University

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National AP Scholar; four years on Gold Honor Roll

Eiftu Haile

School: Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Solomon Damtew and Aberash Beyene

Class rank: 6 out of 501

GPA: 4.9294 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2120

College: Washington University

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: John B. Ervin Scholarship from Washington University; National Achievement Scholarship Program winner; Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar with Honor; IHSA State Finals Impromptu Speaking.

Sarah Hunt

School: Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Jeff and Peggy Hunt

Class rank: 7 out of 569

GPA: 5.63 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2170

College: Cornell University

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; PrepVolleyball.com Academic all-American; AP Scholar with Honors; Illinois State Scholar; Student of the Month Information Processing.

Kelsey Johnson

School: Streamwood High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Jim and Laura Johnson

Class rank: 3 out of 513

GPA: 4.8 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

College: University of Illinois, Marquette University, Purdue University

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: National Demolition Association Scholarship; Elk National Foundation Scholarship; Illinois State Scholar; Rotary Club Honor Scholarship Award; AP Scholar.

Rachel Mia Kaim

School: Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Rick Kaim

Class rank: 7 out of 514

GPA: 5.43 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test score: SAT: 2010

College: Harvard; Dartmouth or Northwestern University

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: Prairie State Achievement Award for Writing; National Technical Honor Society; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; National Forensics League Award, Special Distinction Degree.

Roche Kapoor

Named to the 2010-11 DuPage County Academic Team

School: Lake Park High School

Hometown: Roselle

Parents: Hemant and Reena Kapoor

Class rank: 1 out of 714

GPA: 5.69 on a 5.0 scale

Test score: ACT: 35

College: Princeton, Harvard or Washington University, St. Louis

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholar Commendation, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Maura Kelly

School: John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Kevin and Sharon Kelly

Class rank: 4 out of 482

GPA: 5.64 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test score: ACT: 33

College: Harvard; Notre Dame or Yale

Planned major: History and political science

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with Honor; Illinois State Scholar; Scholastic Bowl; National Geography Challenge second place.

Daniel Kerekes

School: Barrington High School

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Matt and Diane Kerekes

Class rank: 1 out of 759

GPA: 4.707 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test score: ACT: 35

College: Notre Dame, Duke or Princeton University

Planned major: Pre-medicine and business

Awards, honors: Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship finalist; National Merit Finalist; National Latin Exam Gold Medalist; Gus Pausz Service and Leadership Award from T.E.A.M.; AP Scholar.

Prasanna Marathe

School: Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Vidya and Ravindra Marathe

Class rank: 3 out of 508

GPA: 5.70 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test score: ACT: 32

College: University of Chicago, Washington University or St. Louis University

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: NASA Engelhard Endowment Scholarship; National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar.

Robert Daniel Moynihan

School: St. Viator High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: John and Laura Moynihan

Class rank: 2 out 290

GPA: 104.3 on a percentile scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2280

College: Washington University; Northwestern University, University of Illinois

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; Illinois State Scholar; Principal's Honor; IHSA Award for outstanding student athletes.

Eliza Nieweglowska

School: Maine East High School

Hometown: Park Ridge

Parents: Artur and Elzbieta Nieweglowska

Class rank: 1 out of 454

GPA: 4.92 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

College: University of Chicago

Planned major: Chemistry, Spanish

Awards, honors: District 207 Best for Academic Achievement; Chicago Diabetes Project internship; COACH tutoring; Mu Alpha Theta; Gifted Lyceum program.

Alexa Pagley

School: St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Parents: Nancy and Bill Pagley

Class rank: 6 out of 93

GPA: 4.37 on a 4.0 scale

Test score: ACT: 29

College: Marquette University

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; WYSE; French Club president; National Honor Society clerk.

Katie Pantell

School: The Willows Academy

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Parents: Frank and Sheri Pantell

Class rank: 1 out of 29

GPA: 100.60 on 100 point scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2280

College: Northwestern; University of Chicago or Loyola

Planned major: Mathematics, education

Awards, honors: Loyola University Scholarship; Mu Alpha Theta; WYSE; National Merit finalist; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar.

Steven Pavlakis

School: Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Rolling Meadows

Parents: Van and Sandra Pavlakis

Class rank: 9 out of 500

GPA: 5.45 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test score: ACT: 35

College: Case Western Reserve; University of Chicago or University of Illinois

Planned major: Mathematics

Awards, honors: Case Western Reserve University Scholarship; Illinois Engineering Premier Scholarship; Rensselaer Medal; National Merit semifinalist; AP Scholar.

Anthony Pensa

School: St. Viator High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Vito and Laura Pensa

Class rank: 1 out of 290

GPA: 105.6 on a percentile scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2180

College: Harvard; Northwestern or Georgetown University

Planned major: Biology, pre-medicine

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; National Merit Commended Scholar; Principal's Honor; football captain; IHSA award.

Emily Peterson

School: Streamwood High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Gary and Leilani Peterson

Class rank: 1 out of 513

GPA: 4.938 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 30

College: Elmhurst College, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: Presidential Scholarship, Elmhurst College; AP Scholar; State Scholar; Bartlett Rotary Club Honor Scholarship.

Laura Pettersen

School: Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Scott and Deborah Pettersen

Class rank: 3 out of 669

GPA: 5.0319 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2300

College: Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Illinois

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Purdue University scholarship; Women Engineering scholarship to University of Illinois; Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award; Prairie State Achievement Award; National Merit finalist.

Ahmad Mansoor Safi

Named to the 2010-11 DuPage County Academic Team

School: Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Parents: Abdul Nasir Safi and Aziza Safi

Class rank: 1 out of 623

GPA: 5.8462 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

College: Duke University

Planned major: Biology; pre-medicine

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, Northern Illinois Student Press Association Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Journalism, AP Scholar Award

Brian L. Wadsworth

School: Conant High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Larry and Stephanie Wadsworth

Class rank: 1 out of 565

GPA: 4.00 on a 4.0 traditional scale

Test scores: ACT: 29

College: Coe College, University of Dallas, Penn State University, Knox College

Planned major: Biochemistry

Awards, honors: Scholarships to Coe College, University of Dallas, Knox College; National Honor Society; Academic Chevron Award; Illinois State Scholar.

Weronika Wasilewski

School: Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Pawel and Jadwiga Wasilewski

Class rank: 1 out of 603

GPA: 4.95 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test score: ACT: 32

College: Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Loyola University

Planned major: Secondary education

Awards, honors: Northwestern Scholarship; Pledge Scholarship; Prairie State Achievement Award; AP Scholar With Distinction Award; MathCounts; Illinois State Scholar.

Matthew Wen

School: Wheaton Academy

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Dennis and Ailee Wen

Class rank: Top 3 out of 163

GPA: 4.72 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2140

College: U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or Imperial College in London

Planned major: Aeronautical engineering

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar, National Honor Society, Honor Roll.

Blake Wetherton

School: Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: David and Tracy Wetherton

Class rank: 1 out of 604

GPA: 4.810 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2230

College: University of Illinois; MIT or Northwestern

Planned major: Business engineering or math/science

Awards, honors: Bartlett Rotary Honor Scholarship; WYSE; National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society; AP Scholar.

Jenny Yan

Named to the 2010-11 Lake County Academic Team

School: Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Parents: Nancy Huang and James Yan

Class rank: 2 out of 1,140

GPA: 4.7931 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2390

College: Columbia, Duke or Dartmouth

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: Semifinalist, 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology; 2nd place, Science Olympiad Nationals; American Cancer Society Summer Research program.

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