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2013-2014 Northwest Suburban Academic Team honorable mentions

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  • Melissa Ardagh

      Melissa Ardagh

  • Daron Bedian

      Daron Bedian

  • Soumik Biswas

      Soumik Biswas

  • Brian Burton

      Brian Burton

  • Gustavo Adolfo Contreras-Muralles

      Gustavo Adolfo Contreras-Muralles

  • Anand Desai

      Anand Desai

  • Ivan Dimitrov

      Ivan Dimitrov

  • Celine C. Dirkes

      Celine C. Dirkes

  • Olivia Fritz

      Olivia Fritz

  • Michelle Fuentes

      Michelle Fuentes

  • Anna Holubecki

      Anna Holubecki

  • Amarah Khan

      Amarah Khan

  • Jonathan Ko

      Jonathan Ko

  • Brenna Milligan

      Brenna Milligan

  • Rasheed Nawaz

      Rasheed Nawaz

  • Ryan Perkins

      Ryan Perkins

  • Radhika Ramakrishnan

      Radhika Ramakrishnan

  • Shane Ryan

      Shane Ryan

  • Khadeeja Salehbhai

      Khadeeja Salehbhai

  • Megan Sanks

      Megan Sanks

  • Paras Shah

      Paras Shah

  • Jaimie Spahr

      Jaimie Spahr

  • Meghavi Talati

      Meghavi Talati

  • Ethan Vargas

      Ethan Vargas

  • Brigid Walsh

      Brigid Walsh

  • Vivian Wan

      Vivian Wan

  • Michael White

      Michael White

  • Carly Rose Willing

      Carly Rose Willing

  • Cheryl Xiang

      Cheryl Xiang

 

Melissa Ardagh

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Curt and Phyllis Ardagh

Sponsor: John Noah, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.937 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2060

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with distinction; National Honor Society; Spanish Honor Society

Daron Bedian

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Greg and Silva Bedian

Sponsor: Kathy Fox, college counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.50 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with distinction; Prairie State Achievement Award-Reading, Math and Science

Soumik Biswas

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Partha and Sampa Biswas

Sponsor: Chris Grattoni, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.254 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2310

Planned major: Computer science and physics

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; National Merit finalist; National Honor Society

Brian Burton

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Alan and Marianne Burton

Sponsor: Judy Locher, school counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.592 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1450

Planned major: International relations

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar

Gustavo Adolfo Contreras-Muralles

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Gustavo Contreras and Julieta Contreras

Sponsor: Eliza Freedman, counselor

Class rank: 22nd 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; National Honor Society; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar

Anand Desai

DuPage County Academic Team winner

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Parents: Ila and Satish Desai

Sponsor: Kim Munro, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 660

GPA: 5.7660 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Bioengineering

Awards, honors: Academic Excellence Award, every semester; Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Spanish Honor Society

Ivan Dimitrov

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Schiller Park

Parents: Dimitar and Radostina Dimitrov

Sponsor: Mark Reeves, AP physics teacher

Class rank: 2nd out of 369

GPA: 4.45 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: William H. Fern Award for excellence in science; Franklin Park Herald Journal, Spotlight Student; seventh place at Science Olympiad Regional Competition-Maglev and Designer Genes

Celine C. Dirkes

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Wheeling

Parents: Robert and Denice Dirkes

Sponsor: Richard Watson, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.25 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2170

Planned major: Theater

Awards, honors: National Honor Society; National Spanish Honor Society; AP Scholar with distinction

Olivia Fritz

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Janet Fritz

Sponsor: Anna Foecking, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.42 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: National Achievement Scholarship finalist; National Merit Commended Scholar; Illinois State Scholar

Michelle Fuentes

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Parents: Jaime and Marivel Fuentes

Sponsor: Johanna Heppeler, social studies teacher

Class rank: 1st out of 369

GPA: 4.4519 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 29

Planned major: Business with concentration in finance/actuarial science

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar; Rotary Top Percent

Anna Holubecki

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: Mark and Ada Holubecki

Sponsor: Matthew McClure, social science teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.9189 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: District 207's Best-Academic Achievement; 2013 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen award; Herff Jones Principal's Award.

Amarah Khan

College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Morton Grove

Parents: Abdul and Massarath Khan

Sponsor: Samah Abed, dean of student services

Class rank: 1st 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: National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar

Jonathon Ko

Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Harley and Laiachan Ko

Sponsor: David Marszalek, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 586

GPA: 5.0 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Chemical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with distinction; PSAE Achievement Award

Brenna Milligan

Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: John and Chung Milligan

Sponsor: Cindy Pak, World Language teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.59 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2250

Planned major: Computer science engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar

Rasheed Nawaz

College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Prospect Heights

Parents: Junaid and Haleema Nawaz

Sponsor: Rasha Fokaha, teacher

Class rank: Not given

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

Ryan Perkins

Barrington High School

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Craig Perkins and Mary Gendron

Sponsor: Marla Engleman, guidance counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.733 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2290

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar

Radhika Ramakrishnan

Barrington High School

Hometown: Lake Barrington

Parents: Subramanian and Lakshmi Ramakrishnan

Sponsor: Sophia Moraris, mathematics instructor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.734 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2380

Planned major: Chemistry

Awards, honors: Ranked second in national French contest; sectional finalist and two-time National Forensics League Service Award winner; president of Multicultural Club

Shane Ryan

Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Sean and Lisa Ryan

Sponsor: Tim Casper

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.67 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2130

Planned major: Biomedical engineering and computer science

Awards, honors: F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition World Champions 2011; State Math Team Competitor, placed 18th and 23rd; University of Notre Dame Reilly Scholar, top 1 percent of applicants worldwide

Khadeeja Salehbhai

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Wheeling

Parents: Mehboob and Faeza Salehbhai

Sponsor: Richard Watson, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.58 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Marketing and international business

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

Megan Sanks

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: Robert and Clara Sanks

Sponsor: Randall Harper

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.71 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: English literature and international relations

Awards, honors: District 207's Best for Academic Excellence; University of Rochester Humanities and Social Science Award; Daughters of the American Revolution: Certificate of Award for Outstanding Work in American History

Paras Shah

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Hitesh Shah and Mita Shah

Sponsor: Tanya Katovich, science teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.143 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Finance, biochemistry

Awards, honors: District 211 Board of Education Award of Excellence; National Merit finalist; AP Scholar

Jaimie Spahr

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Janet Spahr and the late Stephen Spahr

Sponsor: Jason Campbell, Dean of Students

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.937 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2270

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar with distinction; National Honor Society

Meghavi Talati

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Maunak and Peena Talati

Sponsor: Jasmine Berena, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.15 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Chemistry and chemical engineering

Awards, honors: Two national titles and seven state titles in Administrative Support for BPA; third place VFW Voice of Democracy Regional Audio-Essay Contest; summer research intern at the University of Illinois at Chicago for chemical engineering

Ethan Vargas

Elgin Academy

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Lori Vargas

Sponsor: Doug Sept, director of the Upper School

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 3.96 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2120

Planned major: Computer science, engineering

Awards, honors: Cum Laude Society; Rotary Club Straight A Award; National French Exam National Placement Winner for 3 years

Brigid Walsh

The Willows Academy

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Elizabeth and Dean Walsh

Sponsor: Sean Brown, director of college counseling

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 99.0 on a 100-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: Admission to the Glynn Family Honors Program at The University of Notre Dame; Dean's List, every quarter; Mathematics Honor Society named Mu Alpha Theta; Spanish Honor Society named Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica

Vivian Wan

Lake Academic Team winner

Adlai E. 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 weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Biology

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

Michael White

Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Kathy Naffier and Bill White

Sponsor: Erin Gorman, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 586

GPA: 5.0 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with distinction; fifth place at IHSA Individual event State Final in Impromptu Speaking; Illinois State Scholar

Carly Rose Willing

South Elgin High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Parents: Richard and Sallie Willing

Sponsor: Dominque Zewde, counselor

Class rank: 1st out of 636

GPA: 4.975 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Neuroscience; political science minor

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

Cheryl Xiang

Lake Academic Team winner

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Vernon Hills

Parents: Justin Xiang, Janice Xue

Sponsor: Hector Vazquez, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.798 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 with Distinction

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