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2013-2014 DuPage County Academic Team honorable mentions

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  • Vince Booth

      Vince Booth

  • Jefferson Chan

      Jefferson Chan

  • Danny Chen

      Danny Chen

  • Nisha Choksi

      Nisha Choksi

  • Sarah Dopp

      Sarah Dopp

  • Emily Ericksen

      Emily Ericksen

  • Sara Furukawa

      Sara Furukawa

  • Amarah Khan

      Amarah Khan

  • Ethan Klepitsch

      Ethan Klepitsch

  • Zak Kolar

      Zak Kolar

  • Srisha Kotlo

      Srisha Kotlo

  • Grzegorz Krzywicki

      Grzegorz Krzywicki

  • Cynthia Liu

      Cynthia Liu

  • Gabriel Lynch

      Gabriel Lynch

  • Noel Christa Meaney

      Noel Christa Meaney

  • Gustavo Adolfo Contreras-Muralles

      Gustavo Adolfo Contreras-Muralles

  • Doug Murphy

      Doug Murphy

  • Rasheed Nawaz

      Rasheed Nawaz

  • Bret Novak

      Bret Novak

  • Ian Parks

      Ian Parks

  • Serena Patel

      Serena Patel

  • Hadley Pfalzgraf

      Hadley Pfalzgraf

  • Morgan Pirtle

      Morgan Pirtle

  • Andrew Roberts

      Andrew Roberts

  • Rachel Song

      Rachel Song

  • Lillian Spatz

      Lillian Spatz

  • Alec Wasowicz

      Alec Wasowicz

  • Breanna Wishnow

      Breanna Wishnow

  • Ryan Wolfe

      Ryan Wolfe

  • Amanda Wendt

      Amanda Wendt

 

Vince Booth

Glenbard East High School

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Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Kevin and Barbara Booth

Sponsor: Evelyn Schneider, school counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 521

GPA: 5.6889 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Finance

Awards, honors: Outstanding Senior Award for Spanish, AP Scholar with Honors, Illinois State Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society

Jefferson Chan

Lisle High School

Hometown: Lisle

Parents: Ruth Chen and Honman Chan

Sponsor: Pete Sullivan, principal

Class rank: 1 out of 115

GPA: 5.5 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, Coca-Cola Scholar, Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team Nominee, honor roll, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, student government member

Danny Chen

St. Francis High School

Hometown: Glendale Heights

Parents: Wen Fang Chen and Fen Xu Chen

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 190

GPA: 5.29 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Molecular biology or biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: ICTM State Math (Calculator 5th, Geometry Individual 3rd, Algebra II 8th), Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience, honor roll, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Nisha Choksi

Glenbard South High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Parents: Ms. Choksi

Sponsor: Jennifer Pacheco, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 274

GPA: 5.65 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Business

Awards, honors: High Honors (honor roll all four years), National Honor Society, third place at Science Olympiad Regionals for Chemistry Lab, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Gustavo Adolfo Contreras-Muralles

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Gustavo Contreras and Julieta Contreras

Sponsor: Eliza Freedman

Class rank: 22 out of 665

GPA: 5.33 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Sarah Dopp

Montini Catholic High School

Hometown: Elmhurst

Parents: Daniel and Mary Ellen Dopp

Sponsor: Amy Humphrey, French instructor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.03 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 27

Planned major: Strategic communication

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

Emily Ericksen

Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Parents: Matt and Ginna Ericksen

Sponsor: Richard Mitchell, English teacher

Class rank: 2 out of 562

GPA: 5.82 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Neuroscience, mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, WWS Academic Excellence Award, AP Scholar with Distinction

Sara Furukawa

Naperville Central High School

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Corinne Furukawa, Ryutaro Furukawa

Sponsor: Dan Goldstein, counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 721

GPA: 4.7 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: All Academic/All Conference award for four years (tennis), Red and White award, National Honor Society commended scholar, honor roll, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, student government

Amarah Khan

College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Morton Grove

Parents: Abdul Khan and Massarath Khan

Sponsor: Samah Abed, dean of student services/guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 34

GPA: 4.472 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, 2012 Naval Award Recipient, IJAS State Silver Award, honor roll, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, student government

Ethan Klepitsch

Wheaton Academy

Hometown: West Chicago

Parents: Kurt and Gail Klepitsch

Sponsor: Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.63 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: Academic Excellence Award, IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award, President's Award for Educational Excellence, honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Presidential Scholar

Zak Kolar

Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Brad and Peg Kolar

Sponsor: Tom Daugherty, guidance counselor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.3673 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Education technology, computer science

Awards, honors: Indian Prairie Education Foundation Excellence in Education honoree, Indian Prairie Scholar Award, AP Scholar with Honor

Srisha Kotlo

Fox Valley Academic Team winner

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Kumar Kotlo and Padmalatha Berikai

Sponsor: Julia Husen, college counselor

Class rank: Students are not ranked

GPA: 3.98 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 2270

Planned major: Biology, pre-med

Awards, honors: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist and Fourth Place Grand Award; Siemens Competition for Math, Science and Technology 2013 Semifinalist; Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Finalist

Grzegorz Krzywicki

Fenton High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Parents: Andrzej and Barbara Krzywicki

Sponsor: Rachel Georgakis

Class rank: 2 out of 335

GPA: 4.3571 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Molecular, cellular and developmental biology or computer science

Awards, honors: All State Academic Team Player IHSSBCA, High Honor Roll every semester, Fenton Activities Wall of Fame, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Cynthia Liu

Naperville Central High School

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Bob Liu and Hong Guo

Sponsor: Linda Gross

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.694 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2150

Planned major: Biochemistry, pre-med

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, Illinois State Scholar, Cum Laude on National Latin Exam, honor roll, National Honor Society, student government

Gabriel Lynch

Montini Catholic High School

Hometown: Downers Grove

Parents: Peter and Gabrielle Lynch

Sponsor: Kevin Beirne, English teacher

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.48 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Physics

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, Mu Alpha Theta, Fermilab Science Award

Noel Christa Meaney

Neuqua Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Valerie and Michael Meaney

Sponsor: Tammy Kurth

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.5 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: General engineering

Awards, honors: Wildcat Pride Award from Science and Foreign Language departments, Summa Cum Laude Honor, Naperville Exchange Club's Student of the Month, honor roll, Illinois State Scholar, student government member

Douglas Murphy

West Chicago Community High School

Hometown: Winfield

Parents: Rick and Carol Murphy

Sponsor: Gavin Engel

Class rank: 3 out of 485

GPA: 5.333 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Economics or Finance

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, Spanish Language National Honor Society, National Competitor in Future Business Leaders of America, honor roll, student government member

Rasheed Nawaz

College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Prospect Heights

Parents: Junaid Nawaz, Haleema Nawaz

Sponsor: Rasha Fokaha

Class rank: N/A

GPA: 4.338 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Psychology or neuroscience

Awards, honors: Best in Category for Health Science at IJAS State Science Fair, Best in Category for Microbiology at IJAS State Science Fair, Letter of Commendation from National Merit Scholarship, honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, student government

Bret Novak

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Parents: Bret and Janet Novak

Sponsor: Adam Cibulka, principal

Class rank: 1 out of 497

GPA: 4.76 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, District 88's Best, qualified for national DECA competition, honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Ian Parks

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Parents: Tim and Michelle Parks

Sponsor: Pete Sullivan, principal

Class rank: 2 out of 115

GPA: 5.445 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Computer engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Semifinalist, Salutatorian, Illinois State Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society, student government

Serena Patel

Downers Grove North High School

Hometown: Downers Grove

Parents: Mahesh and Nisha Patel

Sponsor: Mike Tompkins, English teacher

Class rank: 2 out of 510

GPA: 4.7805 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 2060

Planned major: Legal studies

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

Hadley Pfalzgraf

Wheaton North High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Parents: Taryn and John Pfalzgraf

Sponsor: Robert Longenbaugh

Class rank: 1 out of 509

GPA: 5.778 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1990

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: Honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, student government

Morgan Pirtle

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Parents: Kathryne Pirtle and Raymond Pirtle

Sponsor: Adam Cibulka

Class rank: 4 out of 497

GPA: 4.71 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: Vocal jazz

Awards, honors: A.T.'s Best in English, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Presidential Scholar, student government

Andrew Roberts

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Parents: Andrea Roberts and Bob Roberts

Sponsor: Kate Culloton, school counselor

Class rank: 2 out of 549

GPA: 5.76 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Environmental science, economics

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, National Achievement scholarship, honor roll

Rachel Song

Wheaton Academy

Hometown: Glendale Heights

Parents: Stuart and Pamela Song

Sponsor: Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 4.62 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Biology/pre-med

Awards, honors: National Spanish Exam: Plata, AP Scholar With Honor, IHSA Scholastic Achievement, honor roll, National Honor Society

Lillian B. Spatz

St. Francis High School

Hometown: Winfield

Parents: Larry and Mary Spatz

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, director of guidance

Class rank: 2 out of 190

GPA: 5.28 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Preprofessional, biological sciences

Awards, honors: Salutatorian, AP Scholar, Dartmouth Club of Chicago, Outstanding Junior Student; honor roll, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar

Alec Wasowicz

School: Fenton High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Parents: Marc and Kathy Wasowicz

Sponsor: Ron Cuellar, guidance counselor

Class rank: 1 out of 335

GPA: 4.3723 on a 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2180

Planned major: Electrical/Computer Engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, Fenton's Finest, AP Scholar.

Amanda Wendt

Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Villa Park

Parents: Katherine and Michael Wendt

Sponsor: Cathy Bendicsen, director of guidance

Class rank: 2 out of 509

GPA: 4.74 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Biology/pre-med

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar; Prairie State Scholar

Breanna Wishnow

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Parents: Doug and Millie Wishnow

Sponsor: Matthew Carey, social studies teacher

Class rank: 2 out of 660

GPA: 5.7436 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Psychology, communications

Awards, honors: National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, Foreign Language Outstanding Student, Mu Alpha Theta, National Merit Commended Student, honor roll, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar

Ryan Wolfe

Benet Academy

Hometown: Naperville

Parents: Tim and Colleen Wolfe

Sponsor: Kendall Hayes, college counselor

Class rank: School doesn't rank

GPA: 99.76 percent on a 100 percent scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2190

Planned major: Aerospace engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Honor, Illinois State Scholar, honor roll, National Honor Society

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