Fittest loser
Article updated: 6/7/2013 10:34 AM

Northwest suburban academic team honorable mentions

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

 
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Noman Baig

School:Hoffman Estates High School

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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