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Honorable mentions: Lake County Academic Team, 2017-2018

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Samantha Bianco
Samantha Bianco
Samantha Bianco

Wauconda High School

Hometown: Wauconda

Parents: Mike and Kathy Bianco

Sponsor: Wendy Mills, FBLA adviser/business teacher

GPA: 4.810 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1550

Planned major: Engineering and computer science

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

Nathan Cartland
Nathan Cartland
Nathan Cartland

Mundelein High School

Hometown: Mundelein

Parents: John Cartland and Leslie Cartland

Sponsor: Elizabeth Willis, English teacher

GPA: 4.5088 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1480

Planned major: Aerospace engineering

Awards, honors: Rensselaer Medalist Winner; Voted Best Math Tutor; National Merit Finalist

Kaetlyn Dressendorfer
Kaetlyn Dressendorfer
Kaetlyn Dressendorfer

Grant Community High School

Hometown: Lake Villa

Parents: Scott and Michele Dressendorfer

Sponsor: Jill Schroeder, school counselor

GPA: 5.254 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 31; SAT: 1380

Planned major: Genetics, biology

Awards, honors: Salutatorian; IPA Outstanding Student and School Citizen; Illinois State Scholar

Andrew Hwang
Andrew Hwang
Andrew Hwang

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Lincolnshire

Parents: Eunjoon and Sae Hwang

Sponsor: Joseph Bettina

GPA: 4.80 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Applied math or computer science

Awards, honors: National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Finalist twice; M3 Math Modeling Competition National Winner; Researcher at Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists

Genevieve Kerns
Genevieve Kerns
Genevieve Kerns

Woodlands Academy

Hometown: Wilmette

Parents: Michael Kerns and Maryruth Clohisy Kerns

Sponsor: Mike Ford, college counselor

GPA: 5.28 on a weighted five-point scale

Planned major: Biomedical engineering and a Spanish minor

Awards, honors: National Spanish Honor Society; First Honor Award in six classes; Achievement Award in three classes

Spozmai Khan
Spozmai Khan
Spozmai Khan

Wauconda High School

Hometown: Port Barrington

Parents: Parveen Hussain and Nadeem Nadir

Sponsor: Cheryl Barch, teacher and adviser

GPA: 4.815 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1340

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: Distinguished Honors Student; National Honor Society; first place at Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Digital Video Production

Elisa Krause
Elisa Krause
Elisa Krause

Lake Zurich High School

Hometown: Lake Zurich

Parents: Bill and Marilen Krause

Sponsor: Leslie Thomas, school counselor

GPA: 5.21 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 1560

Planned major: Electrical engineering

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

Gina Liu
Gina Liu
Gina Liu

Vernon Hills High School

Hometown: Vernon Hills

Parents: Yuping Liu

Sponsor: Tiffany Heinlein, school counselor

GPA: 4.625 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Economics, business

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

Erika McCormick
Erika McCormick
Erika McCormick

Lakes Community High School

Hometown: Lindenhurst

Parents: John McCormick and Karen McCormick

Sponsor: Ms. Nicole Repa, guidance counselor

GPA: 4.596 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1560

Planned major: Chemistry

Awards, honors: Committee to Select the Principal; AP Scholar with Distinction; Spanish Honor Society

Heather McNaughton
Heather McNaughton
Heather McNaughton

Antioch Community High School

Hometown: Antioch

Parents: Lynn and Steve McNaughton

Sponsor: William Zambole, teacher

GPA: 4.615 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1450

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: DAR Good Citizen Award; High Honor Roll; Cum Laude

Abigail Mellican
Abigail Mellican
Abigail Mellican

Warren Township High School

Hometown: Gurnee

Parents: Sean and Patricia Mellican

Sponsor: Betsy Sagala, school counselor

GPA: 4.78 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1500

Planned major: Mechanical engineering

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

Rachel Nie
Rachel Nie
Rachel Nie

Warren Township High School

Hometown: Gurnee

Parents: Hanlin Nie

Sponsor: Betsy Sagala, school counselor

GPA: 4.75 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1460

Planned major: Chemical and bio-molecular engineering

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

Capria Nordquist
Capria Nordquist
Capria Nordquist

Barrington Community High School

Hometown: Lake Barrington

Parents: Lisa Petrilli and Jeffrey Nordquist

Sponsor: Matthew Gelon, physics teacher

GPA: 4.786 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1530

Planned major: Environmental engineering with a minor in Latin

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

Hannah Oelschlager
Hannah Oelschlager
Hannah Oelschlager

Grayslake Central High School

Hometown: Grayslake

Parents: Steve Oelschlager and Patty Moyer

Sponsor: Adrijana Bisevac; AP U.S. History Teacher

GPA: 4.667 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1560

Planned major: National Merit Scholarship

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; Class Valedictorian

Sarah Rauch
Sarah Rauch
Sarah Rauch

Grayslake North High School

Hometown: Third Lake

Parents: Maribeth Rauch

Sponsor: Erin Wise, government teacher

GPA: 4.62 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1440

Planned major: Molecular and cellular biology

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; High Honor Roll

Emily Reinwald
Emily Reinwald
Emily Reinwald

Grayslake North High School

Hometown: Grayslake

Parents: Melissa Reinwald, Jason Reinwald

Sponsor: Jamie Foate, English teacher

GPA: 4.674 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1470

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: National AP Scholar; National Merit Commended Scholar; Salutatorian

Samuel Ruiz
Samuel Ruiz
Samuel Ruiz

Round Lake High School

Hometown: Round Lake Beach

Parents: Guadalupe and Gustavo Ruiz

Sponsor: Penina Noonan

GPA: 4.535 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 27; SAT: 1280

Planned major: Political science and environmental analysis at Pitzer College

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; AP Award; honor roll

Mary Stefanski
Mary Stefanski
Mary Stefanski

Round Lake High School

Hometown: Round Lake

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Stefanski

Sponsor: Kelli Snyder, school counselor

GPA: 4.6 on a four-point scale

Test scores: SAT: 1310

Planned major: Applied mathematics, minor in economics

Awards, honors: Presidential Scholarship (Augustana College); Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society

Mikayla Swanson
Mikayla Swanson
Mikayla Swanson

Woodlands Academy

Hometown: Chicago

Parents: Kristofer and Myrna Swanson

Sponsor: Mike Ford, college counselor

GPA: 5.30 on a weighted five-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Pre-law track, political science or economics

Awards, honors: Science National Honor Society; National French Honor Society; Chemistry Achievement Award from Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers

Theresa Thiel
Theresa Thiel
Theresa Thiel

Carmel Catholic High School

Hometown: Gurnee

Parents: Andrew Thiel and Susan Thiel

Sponsor: Marcia Meyer, English teacher

GPA: 4.53 on a weighted four-point scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1550

Planned major: Undecided, possibly pre-medicine or secondary education

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; six Department Awards; Superior Honor Roll

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