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2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

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  • Prachi Aggarwal

      Prachi Aggarwal

  • Lauren Bell

      Lauren Bell

  • Mara Casado

      Mara Casado

  • Katherine Cheng

      Katherine Cheng

  • Natalia Gawlik

      Natalia Gawlik

  • Alana Goodrich

      Alana Goodrich

  • Caitlin M. Hansen

      Caitlin M. Hansen

  • Ryker Harner

      Ryker Harner

  • Samantha Rae Hoyt

      Samantha Rae Hoyt

  • Anna Ivarson

      Anna Ivarson

  • Emily Kabeshita

      Emily Kabeshita

  • Shruti Kansara

      Shruti Kansara

  • Kurt Pazdra II

      Kurt Pazdra II

  • Maggie Powers

      Maggie Powers

  • Lauren San Diego

      Lauren San Diego

  • Parth Shah

      Parth Shah

  • Hiba Shahid

      Hiba Shahid

  • Charles Shin

      Charles Shin

  • Kyle Sommerfield

      Kyle Sommerfield

  • Mira Suvagia

      Mira Suvagia

  • Ethan Vargas

      Ethan Vargas

  • Mark Waldron

      Mark Waldron

  • Carly Rose Willing

      Carly Rose Willing

  • Darlene Ymson

      Darlene Ymson

  • Kurt Zepeda

      Kurt Zepeda

 

Prachi Aggarwal

Illinois Math and Science Academy

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: Vinod and Alpana Aggarwal

Sponsor: Julia Husen

Class rank: Students are not ranked

GPA: Not calculated

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Honor, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar

Lauren Bell

Crystal Lake South High School

Hometown: Lake in the Hills

Parents: Rodney and Kerry Bell

Sponsor: Brett Collins, counselor

Class rank: 4 out of 424

GPA: 4.688 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: English and history

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar, National Honor Society

Mara Casado

Harvest Christian Academy

Hometown: Gilberts

Parents: Eduardo and Lourdes Casado

Sponsor: Wendy Mattner, guidance counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 32

GPA: 3.954 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 28

Planned major: Psychology or social work

Awards, honors: Honor roll, National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars

Katherine Cheng

West Aurora High School

Hometown: North Aurora

Parents: Moses and Anne Cheng

Sponsor: William Stanley, counselor

Class rank: 3 out of 752

GPA: 4.78 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32; SAT: 2030

Planned major: Human development and psychological services

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Ayn Rand Essay Competition Semifinalist

Natalia Gawlik

St. Charles North High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Tadeusz and Jadwiga Gawlik

Sponsor: Robert Freitag

Class rank: 1 out of 513

GPA: 5.86 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Prairie State Achievement Examine Scholar, Top 5 Percent of Graduating Class, Academic High Honors

Alana Goodrich

Geneva High School

Hometown: Geneva

Parents: Stephanie and Dale Goodrich

Sponsor: Shari Klatt, guidance counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 451

GPA: 4.61

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2230

Planned major: Mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Caitlin Hansen

Larkin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Donald and Linda Hansen

Sponsor: Stefany Montgomery, counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 439

GPA: 4.889 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Business or math

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Honors, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society

Ryker Harner

Aurora Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Aurora

Parents: Chris and Janet Harner

Sponsor: Bridget Buckley, guidance director

Class rank: 3 out of 131

GPA: 4.36 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: AP Scholar, President's Award for Academic Excellence, Illinois State Scholar

Samantha Rae Hoyt

Westminster Christian School

Hometown: East Dundee

Parents: Doug and Kelley Hoyt

Sponsor: Carolyn Palmer, principal

Class rank: 3 out of 52

GPA: 4.07 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Biology, forensic science

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, Science Olympiad First Place, Rotary Club Honors Award

Anna Ivarson

Cary-Grove High School

Hometown: Cary

Parents: Thomas and Michele Ivarson

Sponsor: Matthew Berg

Class rank: 3 out of 406

GPA: 4.697 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: High Honors all four years, Illinois State Scholar, represented Cary-Grove at Argonne National Laboratory's Science Careers in Search of Women event

Emily Kabeshita

St. Charles North High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Miko Kabeshita and Maya Ito

Sponsor: Kathryn G. Zimmer

Class rank: 5 out of 511

GPA: 5.744 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Pre-med

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar, Spanish National Honor Society Vice President

Shruti Kansara

Hampshire High School

Hometown: Hampshire

Parents: Sunil and Rekha Kansara

Sponsor: Geoffrey Falk, English teacher

Class rank: 1 out of 276

GPA: 6.0089 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Political science

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, Illinois State Scholar, Japanese Language Gold Medalist

Kurt Pazdra II

Harvest Christian Academy

Hometown: Lake in the Hills

Parents: Kurt and Wendy Pazdra

Sponsor: Wendy Mattner, guidance counselor

Class rank: 3 out of 32

GPA: 3.93 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30

Planned major: Psychology

Awards, honors: Honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Rotary Club of Elgin Straight A's

Maggie Powers

Elgin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Katy Warren

Sponsor: Cristina Cabrera

Class rank: 10 out of 540

GPA: 4.938 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30

Planned major: International relations and political science

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar

Lauren San Diego

Aurora Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Aurora

Parents: Ramir and Lisa San Diego

Sponsor: Bridget Buckley, guidance director

Class rank: 4 out of 131

GPA: 4.3 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: Nutrition and dietetics

Awards, honors: Third place Biology WYSE Sectionals 2014; United States Achievement Academy National Award Winner 2013; Suburban Christian Conference Academic All Conference 2013

Parth Shah

Larkin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Pritesh and Raksha Shah

Sponsor: Claudia Martinez-Carter

Class rank: 5 out of 439

GPA: 4.772 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 25

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: Straight A Rotary, AP Scholar, Varsity Letter in Math Team, National Honor Society

Hiba Shahid

West Aurora High School

Hometown: North Aurora

Parents: Shahid Pervaiz and Sadia Nazir

Sponsor: Valerie Copeland, counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 752

GPA: 4.8 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: First Place ICTM Mathletes Regionals, Finalist Writing Competition for Waubonsee Community College, National Merit Commended Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Charles Shin

Marian Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Crystal Lake

Parents: Min and Myung Shin

Sponsor: Rebecca Reed, guidance director

Class rank: 3 out of 160

GPA: 4.57 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32; SAT: 2070

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: Salutatorian, Top 10 Percent of Senior Class, High Honor Roll, Illinois State Scholar

Kyle Sommerfield

Huntley High School

Hometown: Huntley

Parents: Eric and Kris Sommerfield

Sponsor: Dennis Brown, teacher

Class rank: 2 out of 540

GPA: 4.626 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biology with pre-med track

Awards, honors: Salutatorian, AP Scholar With Distinction, University of Notre Dame Glynn Family Honors Program

Mira Suvagia

Central High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Brett and Rina Suvagia

Sponsor: Sarah Schwartz, counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 227

GPA: 4.22 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30

Planned major: Biochemistry

Awards, honors: The Central Academic Award for three years, Prairie State Achievement Award for Mathematics and Science, The Central Science Award

Ethan Vargas

School: Elgin Academy

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Lori Vargas

Sponsor: Doug Sept, director of Upper School

Class rank: Students are not ranked

GPA: 3.96 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2120

Planned major: Computer science and engineering

Awards, honors: Cum Laude Society, Rotary Club Straight A Award, National French Exam National Placement Winner for three years (top 15 percent)

Mark Waldron

Dundee-Crown High School

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow

Parents: Mark Waldron III and Stephanie Waldron

Sponsor: Lynn McCarthy, principal

Class rank: 2 out of 558

GPA: 6.0 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Business or computer science

Awards, honors: National Student Leadership Conference for Business; AP Scholar with Distinction; Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering Regional Competition: Individual third place in mathematics

Carly Rose Willing

South Elgin High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Richard and Sallie Willing

Sponsor: Dominique Zewde, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 636

GPA: 4.975 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: High Academic Achievement 4.0 and above Academic Excellence Award Medal, Presidential Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar

Darlene Ymson

Central High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Carmelito and Diwata Ymson

Sponsor: Sarah Schwartz, counselor

Class rank: 4 out of 246

GPA: 4,13 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 28

Planned major: Biochemistry or pre-pharmacy

Awards, honors: Central High School Award of Excellence, The Elgin Noon Rotary Club Second Year Honor Award, AP Scholar with Honor Award

Kurt Zepeda

Marmion Academy

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Grace and David Zepeda

Sponsor: The Rev. Joel Rippinger

Class rank: 4 out of 124

GPA: 4.745 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: First place in the Illinois Association of Teachers of English Writing Competition (Prose), Superior Honor Roll all four years (above a 4.0 average GPA), National Honor Society

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