National, State and Local Awards
National Merit Awards
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students for achievement on the PSAT taken during their junior year and offers scholarships to a select number of students. About 50,000 of the 1.6 million juniors taking the test receive some degree of recognition, ranging from Commended status to the highest level, National Merit Scholar.
Five members of the class of 2018 received National Merit recognition. Congratulations to Commended students--Simon Balisi, Karan Gowda, and Pranav Sai--and National Merit Finalists--Prudhvie Gudapati and Ben Simon.
The Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence recognizes seniors with high standardized test scores and a grade point average over 3.5. Recipients receive a certificate and a letter of recognition from the Office of the President of the United States.
2018 recipients: Simon Balisi, Haley Dulabaum, Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Karan Gowda, Prudhvie Gudapati, Connor Jaworski, Siyong (Bryan) Leng, Xinran (Merlinda) Liu, Cara Shanahan, Caitlin Sharma, Neha Shyamani, Ben Simon, Madeline Sporina, and Ruichao (Richard) Zhang
The Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement recognizes seniors in a particular area of interest or those who have demonstrated outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment, and intellectual development throughout their studies. Recipients also receive a certificate and letter of recognition from the Office of the President of the United States.
2018 recipients: Thomas Cain, Preston Desch, Arman Gueyikian, Alex Mead, and Madison Thiede
Advanced Placement Scholar Awards
The College Board recognizes students who have the distinction of earning a score of three or better (out of a possible high score of five) on three or more Advanced Placement examinations. Members of the Class of 2018 were eligible for this distinction based on the scores of tests taken during their sophomore and junior years. This year we are honored that sixteen of our students earned this recognition.
Morgan Donahue, Haley Dulabaum, Arman Gueyikian, Connor Jaworski, and Neha Shyamani were saluted as AP Scholars for receiving grades of 3 or higher on three or more tests.
Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Pranav Sai, Cara Shanahan, Caitlin Sharma, Ben Simon, Madeline Sporina, and Richard Zhang were named AP Scholars with Honor for an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, including scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Congratulations to Simon Balisi, Karan Gowda, Prudhvie Gudapati, and Bryan Leng for earning recognition as AP Scholars with Distinction for earning an average score of 3.5 on all of their exams, as well as scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.
Quill & Scroll Awards
Quill & Scroll is a national organization created to encourage, support, and recognize individual student initiative and achievement in scholastic journalism. This was an excellent year for our school newspaper, The Cupola, mainly thanks to the exceptional leadership, work ethic, and dedication of its co-editors in chief, Sharene Gould Dulabaum and Caitlin Sharma. The Cupola’s success is also a credit to an active staff of talented writers.
2018 Quill and Scroll certificate recipients: Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Arman Gueyikian, Caelinn Leahy, Cara Shanahan, Caitlin Sharma, Neha Shyamani, Muskaan Siddique, Benjamin Simon, and Madison Thiede
Illinois State Scholars
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission recognizes students for outstanding achievement on the ACT and for a high Grade Point Average at the completion of their junior year. These students rank in the top 10% of the approximately 140,000 high school graduating seniors in Illinois each year.
2017-2018 Illinois State Scholars: Simon Balisi, Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Karan Gowda, Prudhvie Gudapati, Arman Gueyikian, Pranav Sai, Cara Shanahan, Caitlin Sharma, Neha Shyamani, Ben Simon, and Madeline Sporina
Elgin Rotary “Straight A” Awards
Annually, at a luncheon in May at Judson University, the Elgin Rotary Club recognizes Elgin area high school students who earn all A grades for the first semester of the school year.
First Year Honorees: Haolin Liu, Benjamin Simon
Second Year Honorees: Simon Balisi, Yumei (Candace) Feng, Caelinn Leahy, Arman Pabani, Cara Shanahan, Jaden Tabak
Third Year Honorees: Neha Karna, Caitlin Sharma
Fourth Year Honorees: Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Karan Gowda, Prudhvie Gudapati
Daily Herald Leadership Awards
The Daily Herald newspaper annually offers awards for high school students who demonstrate leadership in the areas of Community Service and Academic Excellence. The Community Service Award recognizes students who show leadership and commitment in service to others. The Academic Excellence Award is given to students who demonstrate high academic performance through test scores and grades and who are actively involved in school clubs and organizations.
Community Service Team: Caitlin Sharma, Sharene Gould Dulabaum
Academic Excellence: Sharene Gould Dulabaum and Karan Gowda