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Meet the 2013-2014 Lake County Academic Team

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  • Lake County Academic Team standing from left, Pranalee Patel, Grayslake Central High School; Yu Jin Shin, Carmel Catholic; Justin Song, Vernon Hills High School; David Crisler, Lake Zurich High School; Cheryl Xiang, Stevenson; Vivian Wan, Stevenson; Hannah Bohn, Antioch Community High School, Sitting from left, Nicholas Rice, Grayslake North, Rohan Ghosh, Warren Township High School, Joey Nedland, Libertyville High School.

       Lake County Academic Team standing from left, Pranalee Patel, Grayslake Central High School; Yu Jin Shin, Carmel Catholic; Justin Song, Vernon Hills High School; David Crisler, Lake Zurich High School; Cheryl Xiang, Stevenson; Vivian Wan, Stevenson; Hannah Bohn, Antioch Community High School, Sitting from left, Nicholas Rice, Grayslake North, Rohan Ghosh, Warren Township High School, Joey Nedland, Libertyville High School.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Hannah Bohn

      Hannah Bohn

  • David Crisler

      David Crisler

  • Rohan Ghosh

      Rohan Ghosh

  • Joey Nedland

      Joey Nedland

  • Pranalee Patel

      Pranalee Patel

  • Nicholas Rice

      Nicholas Rice

  • Yu Jin Shin

      Yu Jin Shin

  • Justin Song

      Justin Song

  • Vivian Wan

      Vivian Wan

  • Cheryl Xiang

      Cheryl Xiang

 

Hannah Bohn, Antioch Community High

Hometown: Antioch

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Parents: Steve and Christina Bohn

Sponsor: Kelly Lindgren, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 322 students

GPA: 4.795 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Elementary education

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; All-State Academic Team Nominee; AP Scholar

Personal statement: "I have chosen a career path that allows me to continue doing what I love and affords me the opportunity to share with others what I have learned from my accomplishments. While I have achieved a great deal during my high school experiences, the greatest reward will be working in an environment that allows me to continue learning every day."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Hannah's self-discipline and work ethic are unparalleled. This year, she is taking six AP classes and is a three-sport varsity athlete. She also volunteers at her church and is the coach of a youth soccer team in the community. She appears to do all of this effortlessly, and always with a positive, upbeat attitude."

David Crisler, Lake Zurich High School

Hometown: Lake Zurich

Parents: Kenneth and Jean Crisler

Sponsor: Craig Lehigh, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.05 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2280

Planned major: Mathematics

Awards, honors: Math Team four-year state qualifier; 3rd place, WYSE Academic sectional; Scholastic Bowl team, 2013 regional champions

Personal statement: "I would like to pursue mathematics in college and perhaps as my career. I plan to take the most diverse and advanced classes available during my college career, so that I can experience as much of the subject I love as possible and in the process discover what career I want to pursue."

Sponsor's endorsement: "He has a passion for life and for all the endeavors he undertakes -- a passion for academics, extracurriculars and athletics, a passion for his music, and a passion for service to others. David's selfless determination to always give 100 percent, complete tasks in a proficient manner and not leave projects unfinished are major motivating factors for him."

Rohan Ghosh, Warren Twp. High School

Hometown: Gurnee

Parents: Chandra and Soumojeet Ghosh

Sponsor: Jennifer Scahill, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.65 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2370

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: IHSA All Academic team for tennis; Illinois State Scholar; National Merit Finalist

Personal statement: "One of my biggest motivations for becoming an engineer is the important part engineering plays in daily life. Alternative energy solutions are becoming more affordable and practical, but we have a long way to go. All of these incredible products -- from household compact fluorescent bulbs to electric cars -- are the creations of engineering minds."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Rohan always puts forth his best effort and has not missed a single day of high school. He is driven to achieve but also has a love of learning. His math teacher says he is 'a deep thinker who does not stop at the obvious.' His physics teacher says he is 'eager to try without fear of failure.' His teachers all wish they had more students like him."

Joey Nedland, Libertyville High School

Hometown: Libertyville

Parents: Nancy and Jon Nedland

Sponsor: Jessica Noga, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.703 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2350

Planned major: Political science, economics

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; Presidential Scholar nominee; two-time Science Star

Personal statement: "I always want to have diversity in my life, both in my experiences and in my interests. I hope to study abroad and experience the Middle East, and I want to live in a city, ideally New York, to constantly be surrounded by changing faces and cultures. A repetitive life is a boring life, and my high school career has shown that I intend to never let my life stagnate."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Joey is always pushing his limits; he is constantly challenging himself in his studies. It may sound cliché, but he loves to learn, and while some teenagers' first passions may be athletics or activities, his first passion is his academics. He takes advantage of intellectual challenges and thrives in a world of textbooks."

Pranalee Patel, Grayslake Central High

Hometown: Grayslake

Parents: Vasant and Dharmistha Patel

Sponsor: Adrijana Bisevac, AP U.S. History teacher

Class rank: 1st out of 320 students

GPA: 4.733 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biology/mathematics or global health and pre-med

Awards, honors: National AP Scholar, Prairie State Achievement Award, Highest Honor Roll (all semesters)

Personal statement: "I am driven to succeed academically so I can use my experiences and knowledge to help others, faced with adversity, also achieve their goals. Most of all, I intend to dedicate my expertise to ensure that children around the globe have the same opportunity I did to accomplish their goals, and that nothing stands in the way of their dreams."

Sponsor's endorsement: "I firmly believe she will continue to be an exemplary scholar, leader and citizen and she should be recognized for her contributions to the classroom, school and community. Her remarkable intellect, maturity, and general disposition will ensure her future success."

Nicholas Rice, Grayslake North High School

Hometown: Grayslake

Parents: Pamela Rice

Sponsor: Sarah Winfrey, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 368 students

GPA: 4.667 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2100

Planned major: Pre-Med, Spanish

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

Personal statement: "I once heard something along the lines of 'What you do today will make what you do tomorrow harder or easier' and these words are in my mind every day. Through high school I have taken the most rigorous schedule possible and been a part of tons of extracurricular activities, not because I love doing homework for hours each night and losing my social life, but because I want what I do today to prepare me for what I do tomorrow."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Nicholas has had exceptional academic success during high school. His achievements are marked not only by academic excellence, but also by his significant contributions -- with National Honor Society, as class president, and captain of his soccer and hockey teams."

Yu Jin Shin, Carmel Catholic High School

Hometown: Hawthorn Woods

Parents: Ken and Julia Shin

Sponsor: Jen Burkhalter, asst. principal

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.51 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Highest GPA in class (2011, 2012, 2013); department awards in mathematics, science and history; National Merit Finalist

Personal statement: "Learning is a lifelong journey. I look upon my future years at college and beyond with excitement and ready for a challenge. I want to be more than an engineer with technical knowledge; I want to be a leader in my field, able to influence and lead my peers in a more technologically advanced world. It is my hope I can be a part of the science community that can serve humanity worldwide with advances in the application and distribution of medical technology."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Among her many assets are her willingness to work hard and her strong sense of responsibility. I have come to recognize her as an outstanding individual, highly motivated -- a lifelong learner."

Justin Song, Vernon Hills High School

Hometown: Vernon Hills

Parents: Lucy and Tom Song

Sponsor: Becki Bellito, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.607 on a weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2400

Planned major: Aerospace engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; Presidential Scholar candidate (awaiting final selection); qualifier, American Invitational Mathematics Examination

Personal statement: "I believe firmly in the power of the fine arts. Math and science are important, but equally as important is having a deep appreciation for art and music. I have volunteered as a counselor at the Hawthorn Summer Music Camp, and I hope I can continue to do work like this even after I have started on my career path. I don't ever want to see music leave my life or anyone else's life."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Justin's impeccable academic record speaks for itself (but) he is one of the most compassionate, bright, and interesting students with whom I've worked. He never takes himself too seriously, but he is a disciplined and diligent student and musician."

Vivian Wan, Stevenson High School

Hometown: Lake Zurich

Parents: Liqun Wan and Hua Xu

Sponsor: James Kollar, economics teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.81 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; National AP Scholar; Biology Olympiad semifinalist

Personal statement: "I have a passion for searching through the multitude of things that are known and unknown and working toward finding answers, finding a cure, and finding the next step in fighting the awful illnesses that plague the human body. I have refined my initial inclination toward science into a life goal of joining the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Vivian is a highly motivated student ... her work was always completed in such detail and quality as to be presentable to any department head of any business. Her ability to process difficult economic concepts, come to the correct conclusion and articulate the meaning of her answer was quite impressive."

Cheryl Xiang, Stevenson High School

Hometown: Vernon Hills

Parents: Justin Xiang, Janice Xue

Sponsor: Hector Vazquez, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.7978 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2340

Planned major: Biochemistry or engineering

Awards, honors: Qualifier, American Invitational Mathematics Examination; two-time ICTM Regional Math Competition individual champion; AP Scholar

Personal statement: "Despite the academic success I have had, I consider my biggest asset to be my acute sense of self-motivation. I hope to inspire others in the same way: to encourage them to work harder, dream bigger, and surpass what they thought would be possible. Therefore, I hope my (future) success will be measured not by the number of my accomplishments, but rather by the size of my impact."

Sponsor's endorsement: "Cheryl has worked very hard challenging herself in the most rigorous courses we offer. Her demonstrated interest in serving others and her excellent academic work has prepared her for both rigorous higher education and a challenging career."

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