Honorable mentions: Fox Valley Academic Team, 2017-2018

 
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Justin Ariel Ave
Justin Ariel Ave
Justin Ariel Ave

Larkin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Elmer and Adelwisa Ave

Sponsor: Adriana Espinoza, student counselor

GPA: 4.620 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1330

Planned major: Medical related field -- biology/pre-med track

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, Healthcare Science Award for Annual Career & Technical Education Senior Awards, Academic All-Conference volleyball, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, student government, HOSA Health Care Professionals State Competition, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society secretary, Spanish Honor Society

Grace Brolly
Grace Brolly
Grace Brolly

Geneva High School

Hometown: Geneva

Parents: AnnMarie Brolly and Rich Brolly

Sponsor: Cathy Pool, school counselor

GPA: 4.49 on a weighted 4.0 scale; 4.0 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, Illinois State Scholar, Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering (2nd in state in chemistry), National Honor Society, Math Team, Spanish National Honor Society president, Hank Pinter Scholarship (orchestra), Key Club GIVE Award for 200-plus hours of volunteer work, and All-Conference Academic teams

Beth Bunnetto
Beth Bunnetto
Beth Bunnetto

West Aurora High School

Hometown: Aurora

Parents: Ricki and Gwen Bunnetto

Sponsor: Tricia Schrope, school counselor

GPA: 4.53 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30; SAT: 1310

Planned major: Biochemistry with a pre-med track

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, student government, vice president of drama troupe, Scholar Athlete Award 2017

Justin Chu
Justin Chu
Justin Chu

Batavia High School

Hometown: Batavia

Parents: Alice Chu and John Chu

Sponsor: Gia Russo, school counselor

GPA: 4.375 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Applied mathematics

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, No. 1 class rank, 4-year student council member, National Merit commended scholar, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Math Team (state qualifier in geometry and pre-calculus), National Science Honor Society, Tennis Academic All Conference, Chess Team captain, Student Ambassador to the board of education, and Principal Student Advisory Team

Matthew Cilano
Matthew Cilano
Matthew Cilano

Burlington Central High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Karen and Greg Cilano

Sponsor: Brian Melvin, counselor

GPA: 4.40 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1480

Planned major: Biochemistry with a pre-med track

Awards, honors: Elgin Rotary Club "Straight A" Luncheon (four years), 11 outstanding achievement awards at Central, Illinois State Scholar, valedictorian, National Merit commended scholar, AP Scholar, National Honor Society president, Varsity Academic Bowl Captain, Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering Team (2nd in chemistry and 1st in biology at sectional meets), German Honor Society treasurer, Illinois History Fair ribbon of superiority, and Varsity Academic Bowl All Conference

Alexander Cordogan
Alexander Cordogan
Alexander Cordogan

Geneva High School

Hometown: Geneva

Parents: Steve Cordogan and Sandra Anderson-Cordogan

Sponsor: Cathy Pool, school counselor

GPA: 4.28 on weighted 4.0 scale; 3.66 traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1530

Planned major: Civil engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering, Math Team, Illinois Music Education Association, District 9 Jazz/Orchestra, All-State Honors Orchestra & Composition, Outstanding Leadership Award (orchestra), Geneva Community School District Academic Excellence Award

Jordan Cumpata
Jordan Cumpata
Jordan Cumpata

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Maria and Paul Cumpata

Sponsor: Benjamin Snow, biology and AP psychology teacher

GPA: 4.63 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: Actuarial science

Awards, honors: Rotary Straight A Award (4 years), High Honor Roll (4 years), Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, student government executive treasurer, Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering Team, and cross-country coach's award

Will DeHaan
Will DeHaan
Will DeHaan

Westminster Christian School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Dave DeHaan and Micki DeHaan

Sponsor: Fred Versluys, principal

GPA: 4.13 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Political science and economics

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, Illinois High School Association Scholastic Achievement Award, National Honor Society, Elgin Rotary Club Award, IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award, and 10-time Northeastern Athletic Conference All-Academic Team

Samuel De La Paz
Samuel De La Paz
Samuel De La Paz

Huntley High School

Hometown: Huntley

Parents: Karin and Arturo De La Paz

Sponsor: Cindy Fuhrer, science department chair

GPA: 4.640 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1490

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: National Hispanic Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, AP + Project Lead The Way Student Achievement in Engineering Award, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Science Olympiad, Robotics Club

Reno Domel
Reno Domel
Reno Domel

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow

Parents: August and Gina Domel

Sponsor: Pamela J. Klein, mathematics department chair

GPA: 4.65 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: Rotary Club Straight "A" Award (4 years), National Merit commended scholar, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, student government, Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering regional winner in physics, Spanish Club (public relations), all-conference academic for basketball and volleyball

Erika Ford
Erika Ford
Erika Ford

Rosary High School

Hometown: Batavia

Parents: Richard and Kristen Ford

Sponsor: Lisa Sustersic, senior school counselor

GPA: 4.310 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1510

Planned major: Microbiology

Awards, honors: 14th Congressional District STEM Scholar, Academic Excellence Award (3 years), Catherine of Siena Scholar, National Honor Society, Math Team, Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering team (regionals -- 1st place), Smithsonian Quest Program, Mu Alpha Theta math team state finalist (2 years), National Latin Exam magna cum laude, City of Aurora Art Show, Special Congressional Recognition in Congressional Art Competition, Academic All Conference (4 years), and Scholar Athlete Award (4 years)

Jack Herbster
Jack Herbster
Jack Herbster

Cary-Grove High School

Hometown: Cary

Parents: Jason and Nancy Herbster

Sponsor: Hank Harvey, student services coordinator

GPA: 4.883 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Neuroscience

Awards, honors: AP Capstone Diploma, salutatorian, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, IMEA Music Festival wind ensemble performer, Math Team State qualifier, Science Olympiad fifth place in regional and state qualifier

John Hintz
John Hintz
John Hintz

Marian Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Lake in the Hills

Parents: John and Sharon Hintz

Sponsor: Rebecca Reed, guidance director

GPA: 4.5919 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Statistics

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, Principal's List (4 years), Academic Excellence Awards in Geometry, AP Statistics and AP Physics, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, student government

Riley McCue
Riley McCue
Riley McCue

Rosary High School

Hometown: Aurora

Parents: Robert and Brenda McCue

Sponsor: Lisa Sustersic, counselor

GPA: 4.438 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 31; SAT: 1480

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: Academic Excellence Award, 2018 IHSA All-State Academic Team nominee, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, student government, Worldwide Youth of Science and Engineering team, National Spanish Exam honorable mention, Interact Club, Sports: Most Dedicated Award (4 times); Coach's Award in basketball and softball, Academic All-Conference, Scholar Athlete

Jacob Metz
Jacob Metz
Jacob Metz

Hampshire High School

Hometown: Carpentersville

Parents: Bill and Cheryl Metz

Sponsor: Joanne Yakes, counselor

GPA: 4.0 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1440

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, Honors Graduate, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Society, Varsity Scholastic Bowl

Michaela Newton
Michaela Newton
Michaela Newton

Westminster Christian School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Robert Newton and Katryn Newton

Sponsor: Fred Versluys, high school principal

GPA: 4.24 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Acting

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, valedictorian, National Honor Society, ACSI Writing Festival superior ribbon winner

Sophia Oury
Sophia Oury
Sophia Oury

Hampshire High School

Hometown: Gilberts

Parents: Anna and Bruce Oury

Sponsor: Frank Simoncelli, school counselor

GPA: 3.91489 on a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 30; SAT: 1330

Planned major: Biochemistry, with a minor in psychology, Spanish or political science

Awards, honors: AP Scholar; honor roll; all conference cross country and track

Cameron Pedersen
Cameron Pedersen
Cameron Pedersen

Aurora Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Malta

Parents: Joe and Liz Pedersen

Sponsor: Bridget Buckley, guidance director

GPA: 4.46 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 1530

Planned major: Biology, biomedical engineering or chemical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Honor, 2018 Illinois Worldwide Youth of Science and Engineering (second place in biology), Illinois State Scholar, Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics team, treasurer for National Honor Society and Math Honor Society, school newspaper editor

Hayley Popiel
Hayley Popiel
Hayley Popiel

St. Charles East High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Rick and Mary Popiel

Sponsor: Jamie Swenson, counselor

GPA: 5.805 on a 5.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1470

Planned major: Neuroscience and applied mathematics

Awards, honors: Chronicle Achievement Program Award, Human Relations Award, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, math team (regional championship), soccer MVP, Academic All Conference

Kaelie Randolph
Kaelie Randolph
Kaelie Randolph

Burlington Central High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Vicki Miceli-Randolph and Brian Randolph

Sponsor: Megan Marciniec, school counselor

GPA: 4.10 on a traditional 4.0 scale; 3.75 on a nonweighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1450

Planned major: Law and public policy

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Spanish Honor Society president, Central High School Peer Leaders executive, honor roll, Spanish Language Award, History Award

Caroline Rausch
Caroline Rausch
Caroline Rausch

Crystal Lake South High School

Hometown: Lake in the Hills

Parents: Chris and Christine Rausch

Sponsor: Michael Collins, counselor

GPA: 4.558 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1510

Planned major: Engineering

Awards, honors: U.S. patent holder, 2017 FIRST dean's list finalist, AP Scholar, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Science Olympiad, First Tech Challenge, and Worldwide Youth of Science and Engineering team captain

Emily Renteria
Emily Renteria
Emily Renteria

Larkin High School

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Rocio Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Renteria

Sponsor: Jill Hunt, counselor

GPA: 4.175 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1100

Planned major: Major in Spanish education, minor in psychology and obtain a Ph.D. in educational leadership

Awards, honors: National Honor Society vice president, National Spanish Honor Society, All Conference Academic, student government, Alternate Student Board Member and Senior AVID Ambassador

Carista Ritchie
Carista Ritchie
Carista Ritchie

Harvest Christian Academy

Hometown: Pingree Grove

Parents: Robert and Donna Ritchie

Sponsor: Simona Bonica, English teacher

GPA: 4.174 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 23; SAT: 1270

Planned major: Organizational leadership, business management, communication, psychology or sociology

Awards, honors: Elgin Noon Rotary Club Third Year Award for straight A's first semester; Association of Christian Schools International Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Academics and Fine Arts; National Honor Society secretary; AP Scholar; student government

Alex Somera
Alex Somera
Alex Somera

St. Charles North High School

Hometown: St. Charles

Parents: Ray and Wendy Somera

Sponsor: Natalie Rosin, integrated chemistry-biology instructor

GPA: 5.708 on a weighted 5.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Aerospace engineering

Awards, honors: National Hispanic Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit commended scholar, Presidential Scholar candidate, Illinois State Scholar, Academic All-Conference Award (soccer), Scholar Athletes member, National English Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National Science Honor Society treasurer, Key Club treasurer (two years)

Thomas Stanila
Thomas Stanila
Thomas Stanila

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Algonquin

Parents: Radu and Simona Stanila

Sponsor: Stephanie Spiewak, counselor

GPA: 107.07 on a 100 point weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 1560

Planned major: Biology

Awards, honors: Valedictorian of the Class of 2018; National Merit finalist; U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate; National Honor Society; honor roll; St. Viator High School Corporate Works Study Program; Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar; National Achievement scholarship program; Hugh O'Brien conference representative; WYSE Academic Team competition; ICTM Regional/State competitions; Violin I in the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra; Illinois Music Education Association District VII violinist; school newspaper; Science Club; 2018 WYSE Biology State Champion, Division 1500; National Spanish Honor Society; Spanish Club

Chase Stanke
Chase Stanke
Chase Stanke

Marmion Academy

Hometown: Sugar Grove

Parents: Michael and Stacy Stanke

Sponsor: Dan Thorpe, guidance director

GPA: 4.776 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Finance

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, Illinois General Assembly recognition, Aurora Noon Rotary student of the month, ROTC company commander, and student government

Nathan Strissel
Nathan Strissel
Nathanael J. Strissel

Harvest Christian Academy

Hometown: Elgin

Parents: Derek and Michelle Strissel

Sponsor: Jacklyn Enger, teacher

GPA: 4.176 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: SAT: 1420

Planned major: Psychology and biomedical sciences

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, student body president, National Honor Society president, AP Scholar, Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics math contest, 4-H Robotics Engineering Design Award 2016, Association of Christian Schools International Distinguished Christian Student Award in Academics

Jane Voris
Jane Voris
Jane Voris

West Aurora High School

Hometown: Aurora

Parents: Michelle and Scott Voris

Sponsor: Sue Fowler, College and Career Readiness

GPA: 4.28 on a weighted 4.0 scale


Test scores: ACT: 26; SAT: 1200

Planned major: Arts management

Awards, honors: National Honor Society, honor roll, Blackhawk Pride Award, Restorative Justice conference leader, Student Ambassadors

Casey Wells
Casey Wells
Casey Wells

Marian Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Woodstock

Parents: Tom and Blaine Wells

Sponsor: Rebecca Reed, guidance director

GPA: 4.5919 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: English

Awards, honors: Valedictorian, Academic Excellence Award in AP Literature, Read for a Lifetime Award, National Honor Society president, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, Mentor Program co-president, Best Speaker -- Junior State of America Fall State 2016, IHSA Solo and Ensemble Division 1 Group Performance and Division 1 Duet Performance, National Student Leadership Conference Acting Intensive 2017, and 2017 American Legion Illinois Premier Boys State

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