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  • Anna Baran

      Anna Baran

  • Jessie Bingaman

      Jessie Bingaman

  • Allison Bott

      Allison Bott

  • Amir Djavid

      Amir Djavid

  • Alvin George

      Alvin George

  • Owen G. Hoepfner

      Owen G. Hoepfner

  • Hannah Kay

      Hannah Kay

  • Jonathan Kersky

      Jonathan Kersky

  • Jiayu Liang

      Jiayu Liang

  • Michael Lilien

      Michael Lilien

  • Leah Malsom

      Leah Malsom

  • Lissa Mandell

      Lissa Mandell

  • Michael McKenna

      Michael McKenna

  • Claire O'Donnell

      Claire O'Donnell

  • Mary Kate Olofson

      Mary Kate Olofson

  • Aakash V. Patel

      Aakash V. Patel

  • Katherine Petrovich

      Katherine Petrovich

  • Stephanie Prince

      Stephanie Prince

  • Adam Ratner

      Adam Ratner

  • Raymond Roman

      Raymond Roman

  • Kim Romano

      Kim Romano

  • Kyle Patrick Scheffel

      Kyle Patrick Scheffel

  • Christina Tran

      Christina Tran

  • Renee Zhu

      Renee Zhu

 

Anna Baran

Palatine High School

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Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Peter & Dorothy Baran

Sponsor: Susan Quinlan, counselor

Class rank: 2nd out of 672

GPA: 5.0319 on 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2130

Planned major: Biological sciences

Awards, honors: National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society; AP Scholar with Distinction; Illinois State Scholar

Jessie Bingaman

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Jay & Donna Bingaman

Sponsor: Kathy Connolly, teacher

Class rank: 4th out of 452

GPA: 5.53 on 5.0 weighted scale.

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Spanish and Chinese

Awards, honors: Society of Women Engineers Award; the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for Social Sciences and Humanities; National Honor Society; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar.

Allison Bott

South Elgin High School

Hometown:Bartlett

Parents:Shelly and Dan Bott

Sponsor:Melanie Meidel, principal

Class rank:4th out of 640

GPA:4.813 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 32

Planned major:Biochemistry, mathematics

Awards, honors:Illinois State Scholar; Academic All-Conference six seasons; High Honor roll four years; Elgin Rotary Straight "A"

Amir Djavid

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Mohammad Djavid

Sponsor: Jeffrey Lathrop, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 733

GPA: 5.2224 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; two-time ICTM state qualifier; sports editor of the school newspaper

Alvin George

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas George

Sponsor: Audrey Haugan, principal

Class rank: 2nd out of 519

GPA: 4.95 on 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biology, pre-medicine

Awards, honors: District 207's Best -- Academic Excellence; 2nd place in experimental design at Science Olympiad regionals; Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award from University of Rochester; National Honor Society; Pi Sigma Pi-Daughters of the American Revolution award.

Owen G. Hoepfner

Prospect High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Parents: Laura and Stephen Hoepfner

Sponsor: Lynn Thornton, counselor

Class rank: 6th out of 545

GPA: 5.67 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2180

Planned major: Finance, accounting

Awards, honors: University of Illinois James Scholar Honor program; National Merit finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction; 2012 All State Congressional Debate Team.

Hannah Kay*

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown:Lincolnshire

Parents:Dickie and Mary Kay

Sponsor:Brett Erdmann, AP Biology teacher; Community Service Coordinator

Class rank:School does not rank

GPA:4.7901 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35; SAT: 2190

Planned major:Biology

Awards, honors:Outstanding Junior Biology Award; Rachel Carson Award (English/Science); Outstanding Junior Social Studies Award

Jonathan Kersky*

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown:Buffalo Grove

Parents:Cheryl & Stuart Kersky

Sponsor:Denise Foster, communication arts teacher

Class rank:School does not rank

GPA:4.7848 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35; SAT: 2380

Planned major:Biochemistry or biomedical engineering

Awards, honors:National Merit Finalist; Illinois State Scholar; Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Jiayu Liang

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Qian Liang

Sponsor: John Baima, counselor

Class rank: 5th out of 733

GPA: 5.0795 on 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2320

Planned major: Economics or anthropology

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; Social Studies Student of the Month; Scholastic Bowl 2011 and 2012 All Sectional Team; AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar.

Michael A Lilien

Barrington High School

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Thomas Lilien and Linda Rothnagel

Sponsor: Matthew Gelon, physics teacher

Class rank: 2nd out of 747

GPA: 4.678 on 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2310

Planned major: Physics, mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, National Honor Society; silver medalist, National Latin exam; 2nd place, physics, regional WYSE regionals

Leah Malsom

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Mike and Diane Malsom

Sponsor: Richard Watson, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 438

GPA: 5.65 on 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Accounting, actuarial science

Awards, honors: U of I Urbana Business Honors program; National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar; three-sport varsity captain; 2012 Northshore Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist; Wendy's High School Heisman School winner

Lissa Mandell*

Lake Zurich High School

Hometown:Deer Park

Parents:Robert & Julie Mandell

Sponsor:Matt Liberatore, counselor

Class rank:2nd out of 516

GPA:4.6304 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35

Planned major:Biology and Spanish

Awards, honors:5th place, Biology, Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering state competition; 1st place, Biology, WYSE sectionals; AP Scholar with Honor

Michael McKenna

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: John and Kathy McKenna

Sponsor: Katie Page, NHS sponsor

Class rank: 1st out of 492

GPA: 5.0 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Biochemistry or biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Biology Student of the Year; National Merit commended scholar; National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Presidential Scholar, Illinois State Scholar; editor-in-chief of school paper; Jazz in the Meadows Outstanding Soloist Award

Claire O'Donnell

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Kevin and Cindy O'Donnell

Sponsor: Dawn Francis, biology teacher

Class rank: 3rd out of 466

GPA: 5.70 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: U of I James Scholar, National Merit finalist, Presidential Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society; MCTM state qualifier 2011 & 2012, Regional Event champion 2012

Mary Kate Olofson

St. Francis High School, Wheaton

Hometown:Roselle

Parents:Peggy & Carl Olofson

Sponsor:Trudy Rigney, director of guidance

Class rank:2nd out of 179

GPA:5.13 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 29

Planned major:Psychology and Social Work

Honors, Awards:St. Michael's College Book Award Recipient; Nelson's Today top student; Salutatorian

Aakash V. Patel

Barrington High School

Hometown: South Barrington

Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Vikram Patel

Sponsor: Tom Bredemeier, AP computer science teacher

Class rank: 1st out of 747

GPA: 4.730 on 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2300

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: 5th place, computer science, WYSE state competition; Medusa Mythology Exam gold medalist; National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Katherine Petrovich

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: John & Diane Petrovich

Sponsor: Eileen Manno, principal

Class rank: 1st out of 237

GPA: 104.33 on a 100 point weighted scale.

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2210

Planned major: Biology, pre-medicine

Awards, honors: Comcast Leader and Achievers; National Merit commended scholar, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar with honor, National Honor Society; co-captain varsity soccer; IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award

Stephanie Prince

The Willows Academy, Des Plaines

Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Jennifer & David Prince

Sponsor: Sean Brown, director of college counseling

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 101.12 on a 100 point weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2180

Planned major: Biochemistry

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, French Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta-Mathematics Honorary Society; IHSA All State Academic Team Honorable Mention

Adam Ratner

Maine East High School

Hometown: Morton Grove

Parents: Neal and Donna Ratner

Sponsor: Cristina Villalobos, guidance counselor

Class rank: 2nd out of 434

GPA: 4.8571 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2220

Planned major: Physics, mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society, AP Scholar; drum major; 2nd place and best overall effect, NIV Fall Classic marching competition; Skills USA 2nd place technical spelling and math

Raymond Roman

Maine East High School

Hometown: Morton Grove

Parents: Rolando and Maria Elena Roman

Sponsor: Cristina Villalobos, guidance counselor

Class rank: 3rd out of 434

GPA: 4.0 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; District 207 Student of the Month, NCTE Achievement Award in writing; National Honor Society, medalist in ICTM State Math contest

Kim Romano

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Bob & Bridget Romano

Sponsor: Eileen Manno, principal

Class rank: 2nd out of 237

GPA: 104.07 on a 100 point weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Nutrition/dietary studies or business

Awards, honors: Italian religion, science Student of the Year; History and religion Student of the Year; National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar; Best Entertainment Article of the Year Award 2010

Kyle Patrick Scheffel

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Scott and Linda Scheffel

Sponsor: Chris Rugg, math/science division head

Class rank: 1st out of 488

GPA: 5.76 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Electrical engineering

Awards, honors: National Technical Honor Society; Prairie State Achievement Award in reading, mathematics, science and writing; National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Math Team; IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award

Christina Tran

School: Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Danny and Phuong Tran

Sponsor: Joseph Kowalski, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 622

GPA: 5.1113 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2280

Planned major: Pharmacy

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction; Prairie State Achievement Award in math, science writing and reading; National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar; editor, school literary magazine and school newspaper

Renee Zhu

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: George Zhu and Margaret Ayer

Sponsor: Ronald Micheletto, English teacher

Class rank: 5th out of 622

GPA: 4.9786 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2010

Planned major: International relations

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Student of the Month; Prairie State Achievement Award in writing, reading, math, science; IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award

*Winner, Lake County Academic Team

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