Naperville North High School Class of 2021
Class of 2021
  • A Naperville North graduate has a Class of 2021 sign on display in Naperville.

    A Naperville North graduate has a Class of 2021 sign on display in Naperville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North High School.

    Naperville North High School. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Naperville North senior goalkeeper Pablo Jara leaps for a save during a game against St. Charles East.

    Naperville North senior goalkeeper Pablo Jara leaps for a save during a game against St. Charles East. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North senior Jacob Scharm, left, and DeKalb senior Jamarcus Winters go after a rebound during their game at DeKalb High School.

    Naperville North senior Jacob Scharm, left, and DeKalb senior Jamarcus Winters go after a rebound during their game at DeKalb High School. Mark Busch/Shaw Media

  • Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder (33) shoots over Benet's Olympia Kokkines (20) during a girls basketball game.

    Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder (33) shoots over Benet's Olympia Kokkines (20) during a girls basketball game. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North High School teacher Gene Nolan encouraged students in his business classes to embrace remote learning as an opportunity.

    Naperville North High School teacher Gene Nolan encouraged students in his business classes to embrace remote learning as an opportunity. Courtesy of Gene Nolan

 
Updated 6/17/2021 10:31 AM

Graduates in the Class of 2021: 664

Class President: Tanner Child

 

Academic achievements:

• Grace Raquel: Outstanding Academic All-American from USA Water Polo (2019 & 2020)

• Judson Lam: Perfect ACT; Chemistry Olympiad National Exam Participant; Team USA Biology Olympiad National Team Member

• Arjun Shah: Perfect ACT

• Emily Zhao: Perfect ACT

• Luca Bolla: Perfect ACT

• Geoffrey Wu: Chemistry Olympiad National Exam Participant

• 23 National Merit Finalists

• 40 National Merit Commended Students

• 166 Illinois State Scholars

Extracurricular achievements:

• During a live segment on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 31, the College Board surprised 25 class of 2021 students from across the country with $40,000 scholarships for completing the college planning steps laid out in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program. Naperville North senior Vivek Ily was among the recipients of its Complete Your Journey Opportunity Scholarship. These 25 students in the class of 2021 from across the country earned a total of $1 million toward their education by completing the steps in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program -- steps that help them plan, prepare, and pay for college.

Athletic achievements:

• Badminton State Champions

Theater productions:

• "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned In Kindergarten"

• "The Twisted Tales of Poe"

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• "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook"

• "The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later"

• An Evening of One-Acts

• "The Wedding Singer"

Senior Class gift: Three stair murals

What traditional events were adapted for the pandemic and how?

Plays, Mr. NNHS, the Hypnotist Assembly, and other performances that are usually performed on our stage were done outside in the parking lot. Shows such as Orchesis were done virtually. All of the normal end-of-year senior activities will be done outside.

What were the most significant challenges faced by the Class of 2021 and how did they overcome them?

The pandemic was certainly the biggest challenge. The class has had many events and activities canceled or significantly altered from spring of their junior year through senior year. The class overcame the challenge through their positive outlook, hard work and determination.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2021:

The Class of 2021 has certainly had their fair share of disappointments this year due to the pandemic. I am extremely proud of their positivity in dealing with all the adversity. Tough times and circumstances reveal character. The Class of 2021 has proven to be true Huskies in their determination and optimism in facing this unprecedented and challenging year. I am confident they will use this year as a learning experience as they move on to accomplish terrific things.

-- Principal Jay Wachtel

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