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Introducing the 2012-2013 Daily Herald Academic Team

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  • Meet the 2012-13 Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team. Front row, from left: Nishad Phadke, Libertyville High School; Justin Doong, Adlai E. Stevenson High School; Emma Castaņos, Warren Township High School; and Matthew Tabrizi, Vernon Hills High School. Back row, from left: Neeta Abraham, Warren Township High School; Adele Padgett, Adlai E. Stevenson High School; Daniel Santos and Brienne Lubor, both of Carmel Catholic High School; and Kaitlyn Norum, Grayslake North High School. Not pictured: Caitlin McCarthy, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.

       Meet the 2012-13 Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team. Front row, from left: Nishad Phadke, Libertyville High School; Justin Doong, Adlai E. Stevenson High School; Emma Castaņos, Warren Township High School; and Matthew Tabrizi, Vernon Hills High School. Back row, from left: Neeta Abraham, Warren Township High School; Adele Padgett, Adlai E. Stevenson High School; Daniel Santos and Brienne Lubor, both of Carmel Catholic High School; and Kaitlyn Norum, Grayslake North High School. Not pictured: Caitlin McCarthy, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The 2012-2013 Daily Herald DuPage County Academic Team poses at the College of DuPage. From left: Danny Zhuang, Metea Valley High School; Jourdan Ewoldt, Glenbard East High School; Vassil Mladenov, Lake Park High School; Lucia Korpas, Naperville Central High School; Megan Knister, Hinsdale Central High School; Alex Liu, Neuqua Valley High School; Alana Osterling, Downers Grove North High School; Maria Arianas, Fenton High School; Cassandra Crifase, Addison Trail High School; and Andrew Bean, Glenbard South High School.

       The 2012-2013 Daily Herald DuPage County Academic Team poses at the College of DuPage. From left: Danny Zhuang, Metea Valley High School; Jourdan Ewoldt, Glenbard East High School; Vassil Mladenov, Lake Park High School; Lucia Korpas, Naperville Central High School; Megan Knister, Hinsdale Central High School; Alex Liu, Neuqua Valley High School; Alana Osterling, Downers Grove North High School; Maria Arianas, Fenton High School; Cassandra Crifase, Addison Trail High School; and Andrew Bean, Glenbard South High School.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The 2012-2013 Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team, from left: Kevin Peterson, South Elgin High School; Jacob Palecki, Huntley High School; Victoria Cooley, Geneva High School; Nathan Suek, Illinois Math & Science Academy; Miranda Peterson, Huntley High School; Anuj Chokshi, Elgin High School; Emily Alessio, Jacobs High School; and Samayra Siddiqui of Elgin Academy. Not pictured: Arjun Tambe, Illinois Math & Science Academy, and Andrew Koltun, Crystal Lake South High School.

       The 2012-2013 Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team, from left: Kevin Peterson, South Elgin High School; Jacob Palecki, Huntley High School; Victoria Cooley, Geneva High School; Nathan Suek, Illinois Math & Science Academy; Miranda Peterson, Huntley High School; Anuj Chokshi, Elgin High School; Emily Alessio, Jacobs High School; and Samayra Siddiqui of Elgin Academy. Not pictured: Arjun Tambe, Illinois Math & Science Academy, and Andrew Koltun, Crystal Lake South High School.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • The 2012-2013 Northwest Suburban Academic team members. Top row, from left: Megan Rullo, Buffalo Grove High School, and Krush Patel, Hoffman Estates High School. Front row, from left: Sarah Merchant, Barrington High School; Thomas Palcheck, Schaumburg High School; Priyanka Kanal, William Fremd High School; Colleen O'Mahoney, Palatine High School; Vivek Shah, John Hersey High School; Maximilian Rohde, Prospect High School; and Darby Alise Dammeier, Wheeling High School. Not pictured: Benjamin Brissette, Maine West High School.

       The 2012-2013 Northwest Suburban Academic team members. Top row, from left: Megan Rullo, Buffalo Grove High School, and Krush Patel, Hoffman Estates High School. Front row, from left: Sarah Merchant, Barrington High School; Thomas Palcheck, Schaumburg High School; Priyanka Kanal, William Fremd High School; Colleen O'Mahoney, Palatine High School; Vivek Shah, John Hersey High School; Maximilian Rohde, Prospect High School; and Darby Alise Dammeier, Wheeling High School. Not pictured: Benjamin Brissette, Maine West High School.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald Staff

They get straight As. They take some of the toughest courses imaginable. They are very smart, enviably self-disciplined and acutely aware of the world around them.

It's hard to beat these graduating high school seniors, who have been named to the Daily Herald 2012-2013 Academic Team.

The students are all headed to college to study for careers as diverse as biomedical engineering, journalism and theater. But whatever it is they choose to do, each of them believes that with great ability also comes great responsibility.

Each high school was limited to two nominations, so each student was put through a highly selective process to get to this point.

Therefore, we are pleased to bring you this year's Academic Team and the honorable mentions, as proud representatives of the Class of 2013.

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