Honorable mentions: Northwest Suburban Academic Team, 2017-2018

 
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Natalie Anderson
Natalie Anderson
Natalie Anderson

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Marianne and Douglas Anderson

Sponsor: Kathy Connolly, environmental science teacher

GPA: 4.56 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: National Merit finalists; National Honor Society; human geography Student of the Year; Illinois State Scholar; student government; Educator's rising officer; varsity volleyball captain; National English Honor Society; Spanish National Honor Society; Robert J. Hannon Leadership Award; All-Academic Senior Athlete Award

Shirley Cao
Shirley Cao
Shirley Cao

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

*Lake County Academic Team winner

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Parents: Minling Qiu and Zhengsong Cao

Sponsor: Denise A. Foster, AP English

GPA: 4.82 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: SAT: 1570

Planned major: Mechanical engineering, computer science

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; National Honor Society; AP Scholar; varsity badminton captain; Future Business Leaders of America president; FBLA first place at state 2015 and 2018; ABRSM piano grade eight passed with distinction; recipient of NSC Sportsmanship Award

Justin Ethithara
Justin Ethithara
Justin Ethithara

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: Jobby Ethithara and Suja Ethithara

Sponsor: Persida Bujdei, AP calculus teacher

GPA: 4.67 a traditional 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 32; SAT: 1550

Planned major: Electrical and computer engineering

Awards, honors: AP Scholar with distinction; National Merit commended scholar; Illinois State Scholar; 'A' honor roll all semesters; National Honor Society executive board; participant in Northwestern Economics Tournament; Magnetar Stock Challenge; Scholastic Bowl; Investment Club; varsity track team

Emma Hartnett
Emma Hartnett
Emma Hartnett

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Amie Hartnett and J. Patrick Hartnett

Sponsor: Jill Hamilton, counselor

GPA: 4.52 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1500

Planned major: Biomedical engineering

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar with distinction; National Honor Society; honor roll; Scholastic Bowl; art program IHSAE Award in "Time Arts" category, 2017; marching band color guard

Noah Helstrom
Noah Helstrom
Noah Helstrom

Prospect High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Parents: Marilyn Helstrom and Paul Helstrom

Sponsor: Brad Rathe, teacher and coach

GPA: 4.56 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 1550

Planned major: Mechanical engineering

Awards, honors: American Legion All School Award; D214 Leadership Committee; National Honor Society treasurer; National Merit commended scholar; honor roll; Illinois State Scholar; student government; American Mathematics Competition; Association of Computational and Mathematical Modeling Competition; concertmaster, All State Orchestra; captain of tennis and cross-country teams

Erica Herin
Erica Herin
Erica Herin

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Prospect Heights

Parents: Michael and Lissette Herin

Sponsor: Brandi Rojas, counselor

GPA: 3.5 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 26

Planned major: Manufacturing engineering

Awards, honors: National Technology Honor Society; honor roll; captain for Robot Rumble (2016-2018); Circus (literary magazine) editor (2017-2018); High Mileage Competition

Stephanie Hu
Stephanie Hu
Stephanie Hu

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Qihong and Xianfeng Hu

Sponsor: Christie O'Donnell, English teacher

GPA: 5.075 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: SAT: 1560

Planned major: English

Awards, honors: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal honored at Carnegie Hall, top one percent of about 330,000 works; AP Scholar; National Merit finalist and $2,500 scholarship winner; honor roll; Illinois State Scholar; student government; editor-in-chief of school newspaper; executive officer of Speech Team; English Student of the Year; MSL Conference finalist for Original Oratory, second place for Poetry at Wheeling tournament; Harper College 44th annual Writing Contest winner; Business Professionals of America fourth place in state for Prepared Speech; national qualifier for word processing event

Andrew Hwang
Andrew Hwang
Andrew Hwang

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Lincolnshire

Parents: Eunjoon and Sae Hwang

Sponsor: Joseph Bettina, teacher

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

Brandon Jaimes
Brandon Jaimes
Brandon Jaimes

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Parents: Ana Estrada, Arturo Jaimes

Sponsor: Vincent Inendino, music teacher

GPA: 4.83 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1480

Planned major: Economics

Awards, honors: Recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Award; AP Scholar with distinction; National Merit commended scholar; National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; band president and section leader; Class 4A Outstanding Soloist Award, All State musician; ILMEA District 7 Orchestra principal trombone; Math Team; National Hispanic Recognition Program

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

Test scores: ACT: 29

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

Rebecca Lawson
Rebecca Lawson
Rebecca Lawson

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Ron and Dawn Lawson

Sponsor: Robert Sochowski, counselor

GPA: 4.48 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar with honor; National Honor Society; honor roll; Illinois State Scholar; co-captain of varsity poms; peer tutor Honor Pack; Spanish Honor Society

Tyler Lubbat
Tyler Lubbat
Tyler Lubbat

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Wheeling

Parents: Cris and Debi Lubbat

Sponsor: Mark Schaetzlein, assistant principal

GPA: 4.6 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 36; SAT: 1530

Planned major: Biology, pre-medicine and economics

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; honor roll; student government; DECA national medalist (sixth out of 43,000) senior year and state medalist junior and senior year; Math Team state qualifier four years; Harbor Committee co-founder; World Youth Science and Engineering sectional qualifier junior and senior year in English and biology; IHSA Bass Fishing State Championship 2017; Bassmaster All-American and Bassmaster All-State Team 2017 and 2018

Uriel Martinez
Uriel Martinez
Uriel Martinez

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Parents: Arturo Martinez and Isela Martinez

Sponsor: Jeffery Vail, AP chemistry teacher

GPA: 4.61 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: SAT: 1460

Planned major: Neuroscience, pre-medicine

Awards, honors: QuestBridge finalist; National Honor Society; honor roll, Illinois State Scholar; Woodman of the World in American History; first place in STEAM Fair and Academic Team Quiz Bowl; Da Una Mano (Give a Hand) leader; ACCESS mentor; Science Olympiad, second place in helicopters

Laszlo Brendon Marton
Laszlo Brendon Marton
Laszlo Brendon Marton

Streamwood High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Parents: Laszlo and Debra Marton

Sponsor: Sittie Jackson, school counselor

GPA: 4.638 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 28; SAT: 1260

Planned major: Business, urban planning

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; honor roll; All-State Academic Honors; valedictorian; student government; World Languages and International Studies Academy

Matthew Montanile
Matthew Montanile
Matthew Montanile

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Parents: John and Josephine Montanile

Sponsor: Audrey Haugan, principal

GPA: 4.80 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: SAT: 1530

Planned major: Philosophy, neuroscience and psychology

Awards, honors: District 207 Best for Academic Achievement Award; National Quill and Scroll Gold Key Award for in-depth reporting; Illinois Women's Press Association, third place for features writing; National Merit commended scholar; National Honor Society; honor roll; AP Scholar; ISBA Mock Trial state; Math Team; ILMEA qualifier; AP U.S. history Student of Quarter

Olivia Morrison
Olivia Morrison
Olivia Morrison

Christian Liberty Academy

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Mark and Donna Morrison

Sponsor: Leslie Cornwell, guidance counselor

GPA: 4.0 on a 4.0 traditional scale

Test scores: ACT: 31

Planned major: Communication sciences and disorders, speech pathology

Awards, honors: Valedictorian candidate; Illinois State Scholar; honor roll; student government; participant Battle of the Bard, Chicago Shakespeare Theater Competition; head of Student Mentoring Program; peer tutor and mentor; Outstanding Top Student in English, history, math and science

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; Top five percent GPA of senior class; Voice of Democracy Essay Contest district winner; president of Generation Crossroads, a service club that visits nursing homes; varsity captain of Lincoln-Douglas Debate; received a Character Award for two years and was a quarterfinalist at 2014 MinneApple Debate Tournament; President's Volunteer Service Award

Nandini Patel
Nandini Patel
Nandini Patel

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Parents: Nishit and Hetal Patel

Sponsor: Kimberly Saxton, teacher

GPA: 5.6667 on 5.0 weighted scale

Test scores: SAT: 1510

Planned major: Biological sciences

Awards, honors: Glenbard North Academic Letter, AP Scholar with Honor Award, Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy, honor roll, National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Presidential Scholar candidate

Steve Ringstrand
Steve Ringstrand
Steve Ringstrand

Christian Liberty Academy

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Russ and Linda Ringstrand

Sponsor: Jed Bennett, athletic director

GPA: 4.0 on a 4.0 traditional scale

Test scores: ACT: 32

Planned major: Business management, sports business management

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; Student Chapel Team leader; gym class teacher for first-grade students; MVP varsity basketball senior year; IHSA state qualifier discus track and field junior year; MVP varsity basketball senior year; IHSA All-Academic Team junior and senior year for basketball and track.

Zuly Pasillas-Riquelme
Zuly Pasillas-Riquelme
Zuly Pasillas-Riquelme

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Parents: Angela Riquelme and Manuel Pasillas

Sponsor: Melisa Williams-Rivera, counselor

GPA: 4.6667 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: SAT: 1450

Planned major: Bioengineering

Awards, honors: National Merit commended scholar; honor roll; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; marching band, most outstanding in the color guard section; Operation Snowball; Spanish Honor Society

Bayan Rabeh Salamah
Bayan Rabeh Salamah
Bayan Rabeh Salamah

Islamic Foundation School

DuPage County Academic Team winner

Hometown: Norridge

Parents: Rabeh Salamah and Weam Salamah

Sponsor: Linda Qatanani, counselor

GPA: 5.0 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33

Planned major: Biology, minor in chemistry

Awards, honors: Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar; President's Award for Academic Excellence; honor roll; student government; National Honor Society secretary; participant Chicago Shakespeare Slam; participant Illinois Council of Math Teachers and Science Worldwide Youth Science

Shashank Sandu
Shashank Sandu
Shashank Sandu

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Parents: Vanamali and Karuna Sandu

Sponsor: Patrick Swanson, physics teacher

GPA: 5.08 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35; SAT: 1550

Planned major: Chemistry or physics

Awards, honors: ISAC State Scholar; National Merit finalist; National Honor Society; honor roll; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; WYSE Regional finalist biology and chemistry; two-time presiding officer debate

Aviral Saxena
Aviral Saxena
Aviral Saxena

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Alok and Rangoli Saxena

Sponsor: Craig Barnes, mathematics department chairman

GPA: 5.08 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 33; SAT: 1450

Planned major: Computer science

Awards, honors: Math Team state medalist; Congressional App Challenge winner; AP Scholar; National Honor Society; honor roll; Illinois State Scholar; student government; Scholastic Bowl tournament winner; Code 211, Computer Science Club; varsity tennis

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz

East Leyden High School

Hometown: River Grove

Parents: Ann Schwartz and Jerome Schwartz

Sponsor: Joseph Gagliardi, science teacher

GPA: 4.56 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 34; SAT: 1460

Planned major: Biochemistry and statistics

Awards, honors: National Merit Commended Scholar; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar; William H. Fern Departmental Award in English; third place in Impromptu Speaking; fifth place Extemporaneous Speaking

Colleen Stanford
Colleen Stanford
Colleen Stanford

Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Thomas and Christine Stanford

Sponsor: Lynn Thornton, counselor

GPA: 4.65 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Undecided

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist, AP Scholar with distinction; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; honor roll; Leading Incoming Students Program leader; Peer Led Character Development Program leader; Service Club; Allergy Awareness Club; peer tutor, Principal's Advisory Council; varsity tennis and badminton

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; National Merit finalist; U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate; National Honor Society; St. Viator High School Corporate Works Study Program; Illinois State Scholar; AP Scholar; National Achievement scholarship program; Hugh O'Brien conference; WYSE Academic Team competition and 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

Shannon Steines
Shannon Steines
Shannon Steines

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Parents: Randy and Meghan Steines

Sponsor: Michael Ayala, Spanish teacher

GPA: 4,63 on a 4.0 weighted scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Biology and Spanish

Awards, honors: National Merit finalist; Senior Class president; Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Champion 2018; National Honor Society; AP Scholar; Presidential Scholar candidate; Illinois State Scholar; ROTC; captain of Model United Nations Team; National Speech and Debate Association national qualifier; All American Award from National Cheerleading Association

Bhargav Yadavalli
Bhargav Yadavalli
Bhargav Yadavalli

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Parents: Lakshmi Yadavalli and Sankara Yadavalli

Sponsor: Rick Splitt, guidance counselor

GPA: 3.937 on a 4.0 traditional scale

Test scores: ACT: 35

Planned major: Computer science and business

Awards, honors: Congressional App Challenge winner; United States Computing Olympiad, gold ranking; Illinois Technology Foundation's Fifty for Future; National Merit finalist; National Honor Society; AP Scholar; Illinois State Scholar; started annual coding event and founder of Computer Science Club; Mathworks Modeling Challenge two-time honorable mention; Business Professionals of America, state qualifier for Java programming/web design; varsity cross country

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