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  • Fatjona Aliaj

      Fatjona Aliaj

  • Payton Bayless

      Payton Bayless

  • Nicholas Bessler

      Nicholas Bessler

  • Shawn Caeiro

      Shawn Caeiro

  • Parth Dalal

      Parth Dalal

  • Robert Dean

      Robert Dean

  • Bradley Disbrow

      Bradley Disbrow

  • Thomas Favale

      Thomas Favale

  • Mark Hirsbrunner

      Mark Hirsbrunner

  • Connie Hsu

      Connie Hsu

  • Rachel Jagrowski

      Rachel Jagrowski

  • Alex Kahn

      Alex Kahn

  • Caitlin Koehler

      Caitlin Koehler

  • Sonam Kotadia

      Sonam Kotadia

  • Kathleen Krawczyk

      Kathleen Krawczyk

  • Samantha Kubica

      Samantha Kubica

  • Sabrina Lichon

      Sabrina Lichon

  • Molly McCann

      Molly McCann

  • Mary Kate Olofson

      Mary Kate Olofson

  • Alexander Oliva

      Alexander Oliva

  • Jeff Pekosh

      Jeff Pekosh

  • Stephanie Prince

      Stephanie Prince

  • Anirudh Sailesh

      Anirudh Sailesh

  • Jeremy Shimanek

      Jeremy Shimanek

  • Zafar Siddiqui

      Zafar Siddiqui

  • Dylan Sinn

      Dylan Sinn

  • Rishi Sriram

      Rishi Sriram

  • Rachel Sterling

      Rachel Sterling

  • Emily Su

      Emily Su

  • Ivana Surjancev

      Ivana Surjancev

  • Kelsey White

      Kelsey White

  • Laura Zimmermann

      Laura Zimmermann

 

Fatjona Aliaj

Willowbrook High School

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Hometown:Lombard

Parents:Ilirjan Aliaj and Mirjana Aliaj

Sponsor:Dan Krause, principal

Class rank:5 out of 526

GPA:4.6596, weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 25

Planned major:Biochemistry, molecular biology, mathematics

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

Payton Bayless

West Chicago Community High School

Hometown:West Chicago

Parents:Stacey Lauro and David Bayless

Sponsor:Mary Howard, language arts division chairwoman

Class rank:1 out of 486

GPA:4.0 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 33

Planned major:Marine biology/marine sciences

Awards, honors:Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Freedom Award winner, National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Presidential Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Nicholas Bessler

Naperville North High School

Hometown:Naperville

Parents:Mary and Scott Bessler

Sponsor:Edward Joyce, Latin teacher

Class rank:School does not rank

GPA:4.6 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 34

Planned major:Undecided

Awards, honors:Illinois State Scholar, USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, AP U.S. History Student of the Year, National Honor Society

Shawn Caeiro

Willowbrook High School

Hometown:Lombard

Parents:Sam Caeiro

Sponsor:Dan Krause, principal

Class rank:1 out of 517

GPA: 4.7547 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 34

Planned major:Engineering and chemistry

Awards, honors:National Merit commended scholar, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, IllinoisState Scholar

Parth Dalal

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Parents: Haresh and Neena Dalal

Sponsor: Robin Craig, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 621

GPA: 5.814, weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Economics and international studies

Awards, honors: American Cancer Society High School Summer Research Program, Daily Herald Leadership Team, Highest GPA Award, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Hugh O'Brian conference representative

Robert S. Dean

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Parents: Lauran and Robert Dean

Sponsor: Pete Sullivan, principal

Class rank: 1 out of 152

GPA: 4.46 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Business finance

Awards, honors: Coca-Cola Scholar, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar

Bradley Disbrow

Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Hometown:Wheaton

Parents:Mark and Bonnie Disbrow

Sponsor:Shana Williams, teacher

Class rank:3 out of 532

GPA:5.733 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35; SAT: 2310

Planned major:International relations and biomedical engineering

Awards, honors:National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Outstanding Foreign Language Student of the Year, Principal's 5.0 Academic Award 2008-2012

Thomas Favale

Wheaton North High School

Hometown:Wheaton

Parents:Rochelle and Tom Favale

Sponsor:Daniel Cekay, guidance counselor

Class rank:2 out of 481

GPA: 4.0 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35

Planned major:Biology

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

Mark Hirsbrunner

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Bloomingdale

Parents: Alex Hirsbrunner and Theresa Hirsbrunner

Sponsor: Gary Campana, counselor

Class rank: 5 out of 657

GPA: Not provided

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Bioengineering or nuclear/fusion engineering

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, High academic letter, Highest Honor Roll

Connie Hsu

Glenbard South High School

Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Sidney and Li Hsu

Sponsor: Jamie Frodyma, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 336

GPA: 3.94 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2110

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: USA Swimming All-American Academic Team, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar

Rachel Jagrowski

Wheaton Academy

Hometown:Wheaton

Parents:Gerald and Laura Jagrowski

Sponsor:Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Class rank:Top 1 percent

GPA:4.71 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35; SAT: 2160

Planned major:Biology

Awards, honors:National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, McNallyAchievement Award

Alex Kahn

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Parents: Stasia and Michael Kahn

Sponsor: Chris Lubiniecki, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 533

GPA: 5.8649 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, National Merit commended scholar, AP Scholar, Junior Calculus BC Award

Caitlin Koehler

Wheaton Academy

Hometown:St. Charles

Parents:Mary Kay Sharp-Koehler and Ken Koehler

Sponsor:Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Class rank:Top 1 percent

GPA:4.81 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35

Planned major:Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors:Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award, 10th Place finish in nationalFrench contest, AP Scholar, National Merit commended scholar, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar

Sonam Kotadia

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Parents: Bharat Kotadia and Anita Kotadia

Sponsor: Carole Gebka, counselor

Class rank: 4 out of 536

GPA: 5.79 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2280

Planned major: Creative writing and either physics or chemistry

Awards, honors: Outstanding Junior English Scholar, Outstanding Junior Physics Scholar, Outstanding Junior Social Studies Scholar, National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Kathleen Krawczyk

Benet Academy

Hometown: Lisle

Parents: Bruce and Leslie Krawczyk

Sponsor: Laura Lundstrom, college counselor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 99.73 on 100 percent scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2320

Planned major: Biological engineering/biochemistry

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Presidential Scholar

Samantha Kubica

Fenton High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Parents: Thomas and Eileen Kubica

Sponsor: Rachel Georgakis, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 331

GPA: 4.3878 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, school's top seniors award, state math competition

Sabrina Lichon

Benet Academy

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Drs. Francis and Nancy Lichon

Sponsor: Laura Lundstrom, college counselor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 99.81 on 100 percent scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2240

Planned major: Biology or pre-medicine

Awards, honors: Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program finalist (University of Notre Dame), AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, National Merit commended scholar, National Honor Society

Molly McCann

Immaculate Conception High School

Hometown: Elmhurst

Parents: Brian and Mary McCann

Sponsor: Cindy Thomas, English teacher

Class rank: 4 out of 83

GPA: 4.5 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Psychology, pre-medicine

Awards, honors:Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, department awards for AP U.S. history and AP Biology

Mary Kate Olofson

St. Francis High School

Hometown:Roselle

Parents:Peggy and Carl Olofson

Sponsor:Trudy Rigney, guidance

Class rank:2 out of 179

GPA:5.13 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 29

Planned major:Psychology and social work

Awards, honors:St. Michael's College Book Award Recipient, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Alexander Oliva

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Parents: Oscar R. Oliva & Nuvia J. Oliva

Sponsor: Carolyn Erwin, teacher

Class rank: 1 out of 503

GPA: 4.75 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Electrical engineering

Awards, honors: DuPage 88's Best, academic achievement; Math Team, highest scorer; AT's Best, debate team

Jeffrey Pekosh

West Chicago High School

Hometown: West Chicago

Parents: David and Debra Pekosh

Sponsor: Mary Roley, counselor

Class rank: 13 out of 480

GPA: 3.98 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Aerospace engineering

Awards, honors: Fourth in Related Technical Math at 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships, All-sectional Scholastic Bowl, National Merit commended scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Stephanie Prince

The Willows Academy, Des Plaines

Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Jennifer and 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

Anirudh Sailesh

Neuqua Valley High School

Hometown:Naperville

Parents:Uma Sailesh and Sailesh Venkatraman

Sponsor:Babs Filkins, guidance counselor

Class rank:1 out of 1,013

GPA:4.71 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 35; SAT: 2330

Planned major:Mathematics and economics

Awards, honors:United States of America Mathematical Olympiadqualifier,National Chemistry Olympiad qualifier, National Merit finalist, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Jeremy Shimanek

Fenton High School

Hometown: Wood Dale

Parents: David and Patricia Shimanek

Sponsor: Kimberly Ziemianin-Garrett, guidance counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 331

GPA: 4.3778 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Aerospace engineering

Awards, honors: Sons of American Revolution Award, Top Achieving Senior Student, National Council of Teachers of English, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Zafar A. Siddiqui

College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Dr. Sabet Siddiqui and Samina Ali

Sponsor: Nafe Hussein

Class rank: Not given

GPA: 4.602 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Chemistry, mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist, National AP Scholar, fourth place in chemistry and biology at WYSE state competition

Dylan Sinn

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Parents: Robert and Francine Sinn

Sponsor: Pete Sullivan, principal

Class rank: 1 out of 146

GPA: 5.5 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2100

Planned major: Journalism

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar

Rishi Sriram

Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Sriram and Reena

Sponsor: Jessica Thomas

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.67 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2240

Planned major: Materials science and engineering or chemical engineering

Awards, honors: Fermilab Science Award (2010, 2011); AP Scholar with Distinction (2011); Indian Prairie Scholar (2011); National Merit finalist, Illinois State Scholar

Rachel Sterling

Glenbard East High School

Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Michael and Kristen Sterling

Sponsor: Laura Broderick, social studies teacher

Class rank: 5 out of 597

GPA: 5.7436 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Linguistics with minor in French

Awards, honors: National Honor Society officer, Scholar Athlete, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, student government member, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society

Emily Su

Naperville Central High School

Hometown:Naperville

Parents:Tzongan Su and Kuoshu Su

Sponsor:Michelle Kirincich

Class rank:School does not rank

GPA:4.76 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores:ACT: 36; SAT: 2380

Planned major:Biology, biochemistry, or bioengineering

Awards, honors:Nationals ninth place Medical Office Procedures through BPA; State Champion EconomicResearch Project Individual; National Merit finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Ivana Surjancev

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Parents: Biljana Pavlovic-Surjancev and Radovan Surjancev

Sponsor: Amy Ferraro, English teacher

Class rank: 4 out of 500

GPA: 4.72 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Chemistry, biochemistry and biology

Awards, honors: District's Best for Academic Achievement, Math student of the quarter, Science student of the quarter

Kelsey White

Downers Grove North High School

Hometown: Downers Grove

Parents: Karen Kobialka and Bill White

Sponsor: Linda Augustyn, English and communication department chairman

Class rank: 2 out of 480

GPA: 4.6818 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2310

Planned major: Aerospace engineering with possible double major in physics

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist, 2009-2010 Science Department Award for Chemistry, 2010-2011 Science Department Award for Physics, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Laura Zimmermann

Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Robert and Judy Zimmermann

Sponsor: Jessica Thomas, language arts teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.6 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Political science

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholar finalist, Indian Prairie Scholar, AP Scholar

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