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  • Noman Baig

      Noman Baig

  • Michael Borde

      Michael Borde

  • Anuj Chokshi

      Anuj Chokshi

  • John Depa

      John Depa

  • Justin Doong

      Justin Doong

  • Peter Farejowicz

      Peter Farejowicz

  • Veronika Jedryka

      Veronika Jedryka

  • Omar Joya

      Omar Joya

  • Madeline Kelly

      Madeline Kelly

  • Conor Kinasz

      Conor Kinasz

  • Vinutha Lakshminarayanan

      Vinutha Lakshminarayanan

  • Frank Landowski

      Frank Landowski

  • Faith Meitzler

      Faith Meitzler

  • Nathan Moran

      Nathan Moran

  • Rachel Nolan

      Rachel Nolan

  • Andrew Napora

      Andrew Napora

  • Adele Padgett

      Adele Padgett

  • Kevin Peterson

      Kevin Peterson

  • Sally Ploch

      Sally Ploch

  • Rebecca Rasmussen

      Rebecca Rasmussen

  • Neil Sheth

      Neil Sheth

  • Kaley Wendorf

      Kaley Wendorf

  • Rachel Williams

      Rachel Williams

  • Jacob Yarwood

      Jacob Yarwood

  • Katherine Cai

      Katherine Cai

  • Holly Gui

      Holly Gui

 

Noman Baig

School:Hoffman Estates High School

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Hometown: Hanover Park

Parents: Mirza R. Baig and Yasmeen Nizami

Sponsor: Heidi Davey

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.074 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Chemistry

Awards, honors: National Honor Society board member; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; HEHS Academic Scholar

Michael Borde

School: Barrington High School

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Sam Borde and Michelle Stelcher

Sponsor: Julie Baylor, AP biology teacher

Class rank: Top 5%

GPA: 4.767 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2320

Planned major: Mathematics and economics

Awards, honors: National AP Scholar; Presidential Scholar nominee; five-time consecutive National Latin Exam Gold Medalist and five-time qualifier Illinois State Latin Tournament

Katherine Cai

School: Elgin High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Ying Cai and Lilian Wang

Sponsor: Cristina Cabrera, Gifted Academy director

Class rank: 8th out of 510

GPA: 4.924 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31; SAT: 2230

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Elgin Rotary Club member (freshman through senior year); AP Scholar with Distinction; National Merit Commended Scholar

Anuj Chokshi

Winner, Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team

School: Elgin High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Kalpesh and Rupal Chokshi

Sponsor: Cristina Cabrera

Class rank:1st out of 510

GPA: 5.0 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biological sciences

Awards, honors: Valedictorian; AP Scholar with Distinction, 14 Health Occupations Students of America state medals

John Daniel Depa

School: Maine East High School

Hometown: Niles

Parents: Dawn and Duane Depa

Sponsor: Cristina Villalobos,counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.88 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Film

Awards, honors: National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; "D207's Best" for December

Justin Doong

Winner, Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team

Hometown: Kildeer

Parents: Shain-jer Doong and Shwu-ing Chen

Sponsor: Christian H. Thibaudeau, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.7429 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2400

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholarship; AP Scholar; Gold Honor Roll

Peter Farejowicz

School: Lake Zurich Senior High School

Hometown: Lake Zurich

Parents: Wladyslaw and Renata Farejowicz

Sponsor: Dr. Craig Lehigh, school counselor

GPA: 5.15 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2180

Planned major: Electrical engineering and computer science

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Student, AP Scholar with Honor, High Honor Roll Student

Holly Gui

School: William Fremd High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Yexuan Gui

Sponsor: Daniel Hays, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.12 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2290

Planned major: Biology and public policy studies

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with Distinction; Illinois State Scholar

Veronika Jedryka

School: Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Lukasz and Anna Jedryka

Sponsor: Polly Knudsen, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.74 on weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30

Planned major: Biological engineering

Awards, honors: Member Scholastic All-America Team, Honor Roll and National Honor Society; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar

Omar Joya

School: Wheeling High School

Hometown: Wheeling

Parents: Gustavo and Martha Joya

Sponsor: Dr. Richard Watson, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.81 on weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Civil engineering

Awards, honors: AP Scholar With Distinction; graduating with Highest Honors; National Merit commended scholar

Madeline Kelly

School: St.Viator High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Annmarie and Kevin Kelly

Sponsor: Eileen Manno, principal

Class rank: 2nd out of 245

GPA: 103.92 on 100-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Music, theater or pre-law

Awards, honors: Salutatorian of the Class of 2013; Principal's Honor Roll for all eight semesters; Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in journalism from the Northern Illinois School Press Association

Conor Kinasz

School: St. Viator High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: Tom Kinasz and Regina Kinasz

Sponsor: Eileen Manno, principal

Class rank: 1st out of 245

GPA: 104.57 on 100-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Political science or business

Awards, honors: Class Valedictorian; National Merit Commended Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Presidential Scholar

Vinutha Lakshminarayanan

School: James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Ramya Lakshminarayanan and Lakshminarayanan Krishnamoorthy

Sponsor: Ophelia M. Hernandez, guidance counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.975 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Economics and mathematical methods in the social sciences

Awards, honors: French Honors Society; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with Distinction

Frank Landowski

School: East Leyden High School

Hometown: River Grove

Parents: Ewa W. and Robert P. Oliva

Sponsor: Johanna Heppeler, social studies teacher

Class rank: 5th out of 371

GPA: 4.4057 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Biochemistry

Awards, honors: Helen St. John Award for Modern Language; Rotary Top 10% Award; National Honor Society

Faith Meitzler

School: James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Bill and Carrie Meitzler

Sponsor: Adam Leibman, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.666 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2140

Planned major: Mechanical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National Honor Society; Academic Excellence Award (A Honor Roll)

Nathan Moran

School: Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Bill and Linda Moran

Sponsor: Cheryl Hilvert,guidance counselor

Class rank: 11th out of 631

GPA: 4.696 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Electrical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National Merit Commended Scholar; Honor Roll

Rachel Nolan

School: Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Christine and Kevin Nolan

Sponsor: Brent Swolsky,counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.032 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Education and mathematics

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

Andrew Napora

School: John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Michael and Lynn Napora

Sponsor: Jim Miks, English teacher

Class rank: 10th out of 469

GPA: 5.62 on weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2240

Planned major: Mechanical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; Speech Team captain, second place State Finals, Radio Speaking

Adele Padgett

Winner, Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team

Hometown: Lake Forest

Parents: James Padgett and Rosanne Fitko

Sponsor: Brett Erdmann, AP biology teacher and community service coordinator

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.68 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Math, biology or economics

Awards, honors: National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing; Illinois Association of Teachers of English Best Poetry and Prose Contest Winner; Outstanding Student in Junior English

Kevin Peterson

Winner, Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Susan Kerr and Bruce Peterson

Sponsor: Matt Sheahan, counselor

Class rank: 3rd out of 631

GPA: 4.747 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: International studies, political science

Awards, honors: High Honor Roll, Elgin Rotary Club Straight A Award (four years), AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Sally Ploch

School: Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Deborah and Jeffrey Ploch

Sponsor: Michelle Calisch, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 690

GPA: 5.08 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2260

Planned major: Animal sciences

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with Distinction

Rebecca Rasmussen

School: East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Parents: James and Margaret Rasmussen

Sponsor: Bryan Miller, music department chairman

Class rank: 1st out of 371

GPA: 4.5096 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Music education

Awards, honors: Math and Academic Team; National Honor Society; Spanish Honor Society

Neil Sheth

School: Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Rakesh and Neha Sheth

Sponsor: Diane Bourn, college counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.77 on weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biomedical engineering and economics/entrepreneurship

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society; AP Scholar

Kaley Wendorf

School: Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Todd and Carla Wendorf

Sponsor: Scott Deutsch

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.71on 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction; Elk Grove High School Scholarship Award; American Association of French Teachers Certificate of Honor

Rachel Williams

School: Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Bruce and Nancy Williams

Sponsor: Katie Page, science teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.64 on weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2100

Planned major: Industrial/product design

Awards, honors: High School Book Award; Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit and a DISCUS Award; National Merit finalist; National Honor Society

Jacob Yarwood

School: Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Brian and Susan Yarwood

Sponsor: Erin Gorman, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 631

GPA: 5.0 on weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Aeronautical or mechanical engineering

Awards, honors: Appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy; National Honor Society; AP Scholar

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