Elgin Academy

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38 Graduate from Elgin Academy
38 Graduate from Elgin Academy
Elgin Academy celebrated its 161st Commencement on Saturday, June 3rd. The sun shone brightly (for the first time in three years) on the thirty-eight graduates of the Class of 2017. Commencement speaker Roma Khanna '96 encouraged the graduates to make life choices that take them down uncharted paths. Valedictorian Amelia Deering told her classmates that "believing in yourself despite setbacks and failures is hard work, but once you are certain of your abilities there is nothing you can't do. "

We wish all our graduates well in their future endeavors. They go forth as productive, conscientious, and mindful young people who continue to hone their understanding of world and self--a lifelong process that stands as the abiding gift of their Elgin Academy Education.



National History Bee Championship!

Congratulations to 7th grader, Tommy Guyett, who recently placed 17th in the nation out of 320 students at the National History Bee Finals in Atlanta, Georgia. Tommy qualified for this event when he competed in the Chicago North Regional Finals in March.The National Championship is the final stage of the National History Bee, a competition that begins in the student's home school in the Fall.

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8th Grade Graduation is a Celebratory Affair

Congratulations to our thirty students who graduated from eighth grade on Monday, June 5th in a ceremony in the Kimball Street Theatre in the Rider Center. Recent Upper School graduate Maisy Feeley, the 2017 Salutatorian, returned to campus to address the graduates. She urged the students to accept failure as part of the normal cycle of life, and to face failure as a learning tool. Emma Smiley delivered a spirited speech to her classmates, reflecting on middle school years and happily anticipating Upper School.

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Two US Students on DH Leadership Team

Congratulations to Seniors Amelia Deering and Maisy Feeley who made the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Leadership Team for Academics! Every spring, the Daily Herald recognizes top academic students from high schools in the Fox Valley. Amelia and Maisy were recognized by a DH panel of judges after submitting an application that included academic credentials, activities, an essay, and a letter of recommendation.

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National Honor Society Induction
Congratulations to the six newest members of the National Honor Society (NHS). They were inducted on Tuesday night, May 23 in a special ceremony in the Rider Center. NHS is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have demonstrated by application and review outstanding performance in all four criteria of NHS--scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

The 2017 inductees are: senior Helen Borchart, juniors Arman Gueyikian and Pranav Sai, and sophomores Madigan Boborci, Neha Karna, and Muskaan Siddique.

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Amelia Deering Named National Merit Scholar

Senior Amelia Deering has been named a National Merit Scholar and is a recipient of $2,500 scholarship. She is one of approximately 2,500 Merit Scholar designees who were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.

Amelia will be attending Dickinson College in the fall, double majoring in History and German. She has been a student at Elgin Academy since the sixth grade.

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Nicholas Kathrein Receives Rotary Scholarship

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Dundee Township Rotary Club awarded Senior Nicholas Kathrein the "Jack Roeser, OTTO Engineering Scholarship" in the amount of $5000. Nicholas was 1 of 25 scholarship recipients to receive awards by several different foundations through the Rotary Club. Nicholas will attend the University of Miami in the fall. Nicholas is pictured to the left with Rotary Club President Glenn Morgenroth.

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The Upper School Mock Trial Team won their case at the annual Kane County Mock trial competition sponsored by the Kane County Bar Foundation. The trial simulation was held at the Geneva Courthouse in downtown Geneva and presided over by a Kane County judge.


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