Honorable mentions: Northwest Suburban Academic Team, 2015-2016

 
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Ronahy Fawaz Alzagha
Ronahy Fawaz Alzagha
Ronahy Fawaz Alzagha

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Rosemont

Parents: Fawaz and Rafif Alzagha

Sponsor: Jeremy Jackson, math teacher

Class rank: 1st out of 397

GPA: 4.5833 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 29

Planned major: Chemistry or biochemistry

Awards, honors: National Honor Society; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Presidential Scholar candidate; 2016 Student Citizen of the Year; valedictorian Class of 2016; eight-semester High Honor Roll member; and student government class officer

Jonathan Ampalloor
Jonathan Ampalloor
Jonathan Ampalloor

Prospect High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Parents: George and Sheba Ampalloor

Sponsor: Catherine Hill, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.60 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2320

Planned major: Business, chemistry/biochemistry

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

Julia Cai
Julia Cai
Julia Cai

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Hechun Cai and Jiuhua Wang

Sponsor: Christopher Grattoni, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.852 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2380

Planned major: Science/engineering, economics or music

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; NCTE certificate for Superior Writing; and published in Creative Communication's national poetry contest

Matthew Colbert
Matthew Colbert
Matthew Colbert

Carmel Catholic High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Parents: Daniel Colbert and Paula Zilka Colbert

Sponsor: Charlotte Pavelka, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.48 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Astrophysics or particle physics

Awards, honors: Seventh place in state competition, Oral Division in North Suburban Math League; Outstanding Attorney Award at Mock Trial State Competition; Second Place in Regional in Oral Division in NSML competition

Brian Dardón
Brian Dardón
Brian Dardón

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Prospect Heights

Parents: Diane Dardón and Estuardo Dardón

Sponsor: Timothy McIntire, science teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.40 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2300

Planned major: Mechanical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National Hispanic Scholar; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; National Achievement scholarship program; and 2015 Midwest Suburban League East Division Scholastic Bowl champion

Piotr Galusza
Piotr Galusza
Piotr Galusza

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Schiller Park

Parents: Lucyna and Jan Galusza

Sponsor: Johanna Heppeler, social studies teacher

Class rank: 2nd out of 397

GPA: 4.5192 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Computer science and mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar; and placed second in state conference for Future Business Leaders of America

Hannah Haecker
Hannah Haecker
Hannah Haecker

Westminster Christian High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Greg and Dawn Haecker

Sponsor: Fred Versluys

Class rank: 1st out of 48

GPA: 4.19 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Human and organizational development

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, High Honors Every Semester, Rotary Club Straight "A" Academic Accomplishment Award (2 years).

Kaitlyn Ko
Kaitlyn Ko
Kaitlyn Ko

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Ken and Minna Ko

Sponsor: Brian Linhart, school counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.63 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with distinction; seven-semester "A" Honor Roll; National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; and student government class officer

Bryan Lu
Bryan Lu
Bryan Lu

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Peter and Michelle Lu

Sponsor: Tim O'Connell, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.048 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar with distinction; and National Honor Society.

Alexander Maher
Alexander Maher
Alexander Maher

Barrington High School

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Mina and Brian Fey

Sponsor: Julie Baylor, science teacher

Class rank: Top 5% out of 750

GPA: 4.819 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Neuroscience or electrical engineering

Awards, honors: National AP Scholar; National Merit commended scholar; Illinois State Scholar; and National Honor Society

Nikhil Modak
Nikhil Modak
Nikhil Modak

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Parents: Deelip Modak and Uma Modak

Sponsor: Paula Hill, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.074 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2120

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with distinction; Academic Letter recipient; and National Honor Society.

Colleen O'Donnell
Colleen O'Donnell
Colleen O'Donnell

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Kevin and Cindy O'Donnell

Sponsor: Jackie Ballarini, math teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.4 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 2180

Planned major: Mathematics

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar with distinction; National Honor Society; Presidential Scholar candidate; Illinois State Scholar and four-semester Honor Roll

Mira Patel
Mira Patel
Mira Patel

Streamwood High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Parents: Shodhan Patel and Roma Patel

Sponsor: Judith Steinbeck, counselor

Class rank: 2nd out of 497

GPA: 4.85 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Molecular and cellular biology

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; and salutatorian Class of 2016.

Mark Perkowski
Mark Perkowski
Mark Perkowski

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Inverness

Parents: Adam and Alina Perkowski

Sponsor: Stephanie Collins, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 104.81 on a 100 point weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 2090

Planned major: Biochemistry

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Presidential Scholar candidate; National Honor Society; 2012 Broadcom Masters National Science Fair semifinalist, and salutatorian Class of 2016

Sean Phelan
Sean Phelan
Sean Phelan

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Lynn and Bill Phelan

Sponsor: Kerry O'Brien, counselor

Class rank: 5th out of 106

GPA: 4.63 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Finance

Awards, honors: Rotary Club Straight "A" Academic Accomplishment Award three years; Illinois State Scholar; High Honor Roll 7 times

Tara Ramanathan
Tara Ramanathan
Tara Ramanathan

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Balaji Ramanathan and Krithika Ramanathan

Sponsor: Heidi Davey, English teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.010 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2240

Planned major: Computer science

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

Katherine Rohde
Katherine Rohde
Katherine Rohde

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Sara Rohde and Joe Rohde

Sponsor: Lisa Bram, AP chemistry teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.58 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Bioengineering and chemistry

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar; Presidential Scholar candidate; Dartmouth Book Award recipient; and National Honor Society

Tess Schuck
Tess Schuck
Tess Schuck

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Matthew and Cathryn Schuck

Sponsor: Kerry O'Brien, head of counseling services

Class rank: 2nd out of 106

GPA: 4.71 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Mathematics and computer science

Awards, honors: AP Scholar, National Honor Society, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, first place in Chemistry

Dhruvi Shah
Dhruvi Shah
Dhruvi Shah

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Gunjan and Komal Shah

Sponsor: Bill Brown, school counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.66 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Civil engineer and architecture

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; and fourth place in Geologic Mapping for Science Olympiad regionals

Karolina Skarzynska
Karolina Skarzynska
Karolina Skarzynska

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Parents: Dorota and Wieslaw Skarzynska

Sponsor: Darrell Robin, English teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.929 on 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Business or economics

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; Presidential Scholar candidate; Illinois High School Association Achievement Award recipient; Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society

Brendan Stonequist
Brendan Stonequist
Brendan Stonequist

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Michael and Susan Stonequist

Sponsor: Meaghan Waller, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.18 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Mathematics, actuarial science or accounting

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; AP Scholar with distinction; National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; and ICTM Math Team, Pre-Calc regional champion, second overall in state regional contests

Sarah Summers
Sarah Summers
Sarah Summers

Elgin Academy

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Carla and Josh Summers

Sponsor: Doug Sept, Upper School Director

Class rank: 1st out of 33

GPA: 4.29 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 2200

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Student; Elgin Rotary Club Straight A Award -- 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th; Cum Laude Society (Secondary School Division, Phi Beta Kappa Society).

Shreya Thakkar
Shreya Thakkar
Shreya Thakkar

Prospect High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Parents: Asha Thakkar and Nitesh Thakkar

Sponsor: Jason Block, journalism adviser, English teacher

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.52 on a 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Political science

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society; Certificate of Mastery in News Feature Writing from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association; second place in Copy Editing at IHSA journalism sectional competition; two first place awards in Breaking News Writing and Feature Writing, Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association

Polyxeni Thanopoulos
Polyxeni Thanopoulos
Polyxeni Thanopoulos

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: Evdokia and Bobby Thanopoulos

Sponsor: Mark Heintz, social studies

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 5.57 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Actuarial science and business

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; seven-semester Honor Roll; and National Honor Society

Liam Warner
Liam Warner
Liam Warner

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Barrington

Parents: Ian and Karen Warner

Sponsor: Stephanie Collins, counselor

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 106.00 on a 100 point weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 2350

Planned major: Economics

Awards, honors: National Merit Scholar; University of Chicago Merit Scholarship recipient; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; and student government class officer

Bill Wei
Bill Wei
Bill Wei*

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Parents: Joanne Gu and Dong Wei

Sponsor: William Fritz, debate coach

Class rank: School does not rank

GPA: 4.8046 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Economics

Awards, honors: National Tournament of Champions Congressional Debate Finalist; Business Professionals of America Fundamental Accounting Nationals Fourth Place; BPA Financial Analyst Team State Champion

* Winner, Lake County Academic Team

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