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Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

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  • Laith Yasin

      Laith Yasin

  • Colin Lillibridge

      Colin Lillibridge

  • Elle Murata

      Elle Murata

  • Mitch Pepa

      Mitch Pepa

  • Rachael Ohlrich

      Rachael Ohlrich

  • John McDermott

      John McDermott

  • Brigitte Keslinke

      Brigitte Keslinke

  • Brian Jones

      Brian Jones

  • Robert Doby

      Robert Doby

  • Patricia Jane Winsauer

      Patricia Jane Winsauer

  • Nate Harms

      Nate Harms

  • Katelyn Floyd

      Katelyn Floyd

  • Alexis Brenner

      Alexis Brenner

  • Rachel DiPirro

      Rachel DiPirro

  • Harrison McClure

      Harrison McClure

  • Keeley Sawyer

      Keeley Sawyer

  • Ryan Dicicco

      Ryan Dicicco

  • Benjamin Pho

      Benjamin Pho

  • Eric Holmgren

      Eric Holmgren

  • Greg Rosenthal

      Greg Rosenthal

  • Nick DeNardo

      Nick DeNardo

  • Beau Ott

      Beau Ott

  • Colleen Madlinger

      Colleen Madlinger

  • Peter Shares

      Peter Shares

  • Meg Van Der Bosch

      Meg Van Der Bosch

  • Zachary Strittmatter

      Zachary Strittmatter

  • Todd Dickey

      Todd Dickey

 

Alexis Christian Brenner

School: Westminster Christian School, Elgin

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brenner

Sponsor: Scott Sevey, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 44

GPA: 4.07 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, Rotary Scholar, graduating with High Honors, Teacher Intern Assistant/Future Teacher Club

Katherine Cai

School: Elgin High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Ying Cai and Lilian Wang

Sponsor: Ms. Cabrera, Gifted Academy director

Class rank: 8 out of 510

GPA: 4.294 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31; SAT: 2230

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Illinois State Scholar

Nick DeNardo

School: Hampshire High School

Hometown: Hampshire

Parents: Penny Rens, John DeNardo; stepfather Dennis Rens

Sponsor: Kris Nilsen

Class rank: 2 out of 261

GPA: 5.96 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

College: Wheaton College

Planned major: Biblical studies, accounting

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student, 2012 AP Scholar with Honor, Illinois State Scholar

Ryan DiCicco

School: Cary-Grove High School

Hometown: Cary

Parents: Paul and Julianne DiCicco

Sponsor: Dori Chianakas, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 487

GPA: 4.613 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: engineering

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Todd Dickey

School: St. Charles North High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Alan and Babette Dickey

Sponsor: Mike Horn, business education department

Class rank of student: 2 out of 503

GPA: 5.829 on 5.0 weighted

Test scores: ACT 34

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: National Merit Commendation; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar

Rachel DiPirro

School: Marian Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Crystal Lake

Parents: Michael and Gloria DiPirro

Sponsor: Rebecca Reed, guidance director

Class rank: 1 out of 160

GPA: 4.6122 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2150

Planned major: Computer engineering

Awards, honors: Highest Ranking Student Award, Illinois State Scholar, Rensselaer Medal Award

Robert Doby

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: David and Kathy Doby

School: Harvest Christian Academy, Elgin

Sponsor: Wendy Mattner, guidance counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 30

GPA: 4.067

Test scores: ACT: 34, SAT: 2140

Planned major: Aeronautical/astronautical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; Honor Roll eight semesters; Distinguished Christian High School Students Award for Academics

Katelyn Floyd

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Aaron and Kim Floyd

School: Harvest Christian Academy, Elgin

Sponsor: Wendy Mattner, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 30

GPA: 4.156

Test scores: ACT: 36, SAT: 1960

Planned major: Pre-med/biology

Awards, honors: Distinguished Christian High School Students Award Academics, National Honor Society, Honor Roll eight semesters

Nate Harms

School: Batavia High School

Hometown: Batavia

Parents: Elvin and Sara Harms

Sponsor: Kristen Stern, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 460

GPA: 4.28 on a 4 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1780

Planned major: Aeronautical engineering

Awards, honors: Honor Roll, Upstate Eight Academic All-Conference, National Honor Society

Eric Nathaniel Holmgren

School: Central High School, Burlington

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Jeffery and Janet Holmgren

Sponsor: Jon Young

Class rank: 1 out of 267

GPA: 4.28 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32; SAT: 1990

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; High Honor roll each semester; Bausch & Lomb Science Award

Brian Jones

School: St. Edward Catholic High School

Hometown: South Elgin

Parents: Robert and Kathy Jones

Sponsor: Mike Horn, teacher

Class rank: 2 out of 74

GPA: 4.46

Test scores: ACT 33

Planned major: Communications

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, High School Academic All Conference in Golf, Straight A Award three years

Brigitte Keslinke

School: Elgin Academy

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: Bettina and Richard Keslinke

Sponsor: Sharon Williams, college counselor

Class rank: not given

GPA: 4.03

Test scores: ACT, 33

Planned major: Archaeology

Awards, honors: Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Studies, Cum Laude Society, Rotary Club "Straight A" Award four times recipient

Colin Lillibridge

School: Geneva High School

Hometown: Geneva

Parents: Craig and Sue Lillibridge

Sponsor: Mary Jane Johnson, director of counseling and advising

Class rank: 2 out of 480

GPA: 4.55 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad National Qualifier, WYSE Team Regional First Place in Chemistry and Math, Two time WYSE Team State Qualifier

Colleen Madlinger

School: Rosary High School, Aurora

Hometown: Batavia

Parents: Cathy and Steve Madlinger

Sponsor: James Sanders, theology department chairman

Class rank: 1 out of 101

GPA: 4.365 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2180

Planned major: Aerospace engineering or physics

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholar Finalist, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Scholarship, Villanova Scholarship

Harrison McClure

School: Larkin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Craig and Dalia McClure

Sponsor: Elizabeth Zuniga, English teacher

Class rank: 3 out of 390

GPA: 4.797 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2170

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: American Math Contest Winner, Platinum Level Career Readiness Certification

John McDermott

School: St. Charles East High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: John and Jean McDermott

Sponsor: Mark M. Pereda, counselor

Class rank: 7 of 545

GPA: 5.659 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Double major in accounting and finance

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Wirth Gustafson Award for highest GPA on football team

Rachael Ohlrich

School: Dundee-Crown High School

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: Joseph and Victoria Ohlrich

Sponsor: Stephanie Kouri

Class rank: 1 out of 534

GPA: 5.966 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Bioinformatics and forensic science

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, Prairie State Achievement Award for Math and Science, Super Honor Roll

Elle Murata

School: St. Charles North High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Cathy and Sam Murata

Sponsor: Michael Zernone, social studies teacher

GPA: 5.05

Test scores: ACT 33

Planned major: International relations/pre-med

Awards, honors: Valedictorian; Cross Country Captain and State Qualifier; National Honor Society President

Kevin Peterson

School: South Elgin High School

Sponsor: Matt Sheahan, counselor

Class Rank: 3 of 631

GPA: 7.747

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: International studies, political science

Awards, honors: High Honor roll three years; Elgin Rotary Club Straight "A" award four years; perfect attendance junior year

Beau Ott

School: Kaneland High School, Maple Park

Hometown: Elburn

Parents: David Ott and Julie Carls

Sponsor: Patricia Welker, English teacher

Class rank: 5 out of 339

GPA: 4.145 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: History education and Spanish education

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Scholastic Bowl, Model UN

Mitchell Aaron Pepa

School: Larkin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Eric and Danielle Pepa

Sponsor: Jill Hunt, counselor

Class rank: 4 out of 390

GPA: 4.750 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2130

Planned major: Engineering, computer science

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction; Math Team State 2009, 2013; AMC10 School Winner

Benjamin Pho

School: Marmion Academy, Aurora

Hometown: Maple Park

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Binh D. Pho

Sponsor: Daniel Thorpe

Class rank: 4 out of 109

GPA: 4.480 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT 33: SAT: 1960

Planned major: Chemistry or math

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society, WYSE Competition

Greg Rosenthal

School: Cary-Grove High School

Hometown: Cary

Parents: Sandra and Michael Rosenthal

Sponsor: Dr. Hank Harvey, student services coordinator

Class rank: 8 out of 487

GPA: 4.0469 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2250

Planned major: Business

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, High Honor Roll seven semesters, Illinois State Scholar

Zachary Strittmatter

School: Batavia High School

Hometown: Batavia

Parents: Rick and Carol Strittmatter

Sponsor: Corey Bernard, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 460

GPA: 4.28 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: chemistry

Awards, honors: National Football Foundation Scholarship, Honorable Mention IHSA Academic All-State Team

Keeley Sawyer

School: Hampshire High School

Hometown: Hampshire

Parents: Duane and Christine Sawyer

Sponsor: Mr. D. Rumoro, psychology teacher

Class rank: 1 out of 261

GPA: 5.98 on 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 44; SAT: not given

Planned major: pre-professional studies

Awards, honors: Honor roll, National Honor Society student advisor

Peter Shares

School: Marmion Academy, Aurora

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Michael and Nancy Shares

Sponsor: The Rev. Joel Rippinger

Class rank: 5 out of 109

GPA: 4.456

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Business management

Awards, honors: Superior Cadet, Illinois State Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society

Meg Van Der Bosch

School: Marian Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: Tom and Erin Van Der Bosch

Sponsor: Rebecca Reed-, guidance director

Class rank: 1 out of 160

GPA: 4.6122 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2250

Planned major: biology

Awards, honors: Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award; Highest Ranking Student Award-2010, 2011, 2012; National Merit Scholar Finalist

Patricia Jane Winsauer

School: Westminster Christian School, Elgin

Hometown: West Dundee

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winsauer

Sponsor: Carolyn Palmer

Class rank: 9 of 44

GPA: 3.83

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Math education

Awards, honors: Graduating with high honors, National Honor Society

Laith Yasin

School: Dundee-Crown High School

Hometown: Carpentersville

Parents: Hasan and Intisar Yasin

Sponsor: Christopher Caramela, teacher

Class rank: 10 out of 534

GPA: 5.83 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Mathematics

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, Honor Roll, National Merit semifinalist, AP Scholar, Presidential Scholar

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