Meet the 2015-16 Daily Herald Academic Team
Prepare to meet some of the smartest and most dedicated academics who have ever crossed your path. The 2015-16 Daily Herald Academics Teams -- from the Northwest suburbs, Lake County, DuPage County and the Fox Valley -- are made up of teenagers, all of who have a maturity of purpose that far outstrips many of their peers.
Among the honorees are graduating high school seniors who have achieved perfect or near-perfect ACT and SAT scores, who have taken the most rigorous courses available at their high schools and will take more of the same in college.
To make the Academic Team or be an honorable mention, a student must be nominated by his or her high school. Each student supplies his or her grades for seven semesters, test scores, grade-point averages, a list of awards and honors, extracurriculars and scholarships. Students must write personal essays describing why they have pledged themselves to their studies and what they want to do with their lives. A teacher or counselor must write a letter of recommendation for each nominee that talks not just about their academic prowess, but also about what the teen has done in life besides academics.
The point of the Academic Team is not mastery of subjects alone but to celebrate teens who also show themselves to be whole people, involved in their school and community, and who have a purpose behind their hard work.
Meet the 2015-16 Teams and honorable mentions. Amazing kids, every one.