Breaking News Bar
posted: 6/3/2011 6:00 AM

Northwest Suburban Academic Team honorable mentions

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • 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

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

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.

Share this page