2016-17 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete team

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Chicago Tribune
18 Jun 2017
Compiled by Will Larkin.

For 27 years, the Tribune has capped each high school sports year by honoring a group of students whose excellence extends to both the classroom and field. The 2016-17 Scholar-Athlete team represents the best in academics and athletics the Chicago area has to offer. Each Scholar-Athlete must be either in the top 10 percent of his or her class or score a 30 on the ACT, be named all-conference in at least one sport and be nominated by his or her school. Some class ranks and GPAs are through seven semesters.

Rahul Arun
School: Stevenson. Sports: Water polo, swimming. GPA: 4.82. ACT: 35. SAT: 1,600. College: Cal Tech. Water polo: Captain of 2017 state championship team; had 2 goals, 2 assists in state final. Academic honors: National Merit Scholar. Engineering Student of the Year. National AP Scholar. Ambassador Award. Science Research Award. AP English Achievement Award. Gold Honor Roll. Hobbies: Scientific research, aerospace engineering.

Maryclare Leonard
School: Marist. Sports: Cross-country, track. GPA: 5.93. ACT: 34. College: Notre Dame. Cross-country: Led team to first IHSA meet in 2015. 10th at 3A state in 2014. 2016 conference champion. Track: State qualifier in 1,600 in 2016 and 2014, in 3,200 in 2015.
Academic honors: Salutatorian. Illinois State Scholar. National Honor Society. Spanish National Honor Society. Medal of Excellence in Technology.

Levy Nathan
School: Highland Park. Sport: Swimming. GPA: 4.6. ACT: 33. ACT: 1,560. College: Princeton. Swimming: Finished third in state in 500 freestyle in 2017, fifth in ’16, 29th in ’15; sectional champ all three years. Fifth in 200 free in 2016, seventh in ’17. Academic honors: National Merit Scholar Commended. National Honor Society. AP Scholar with Distinction. Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. National Engineering Achievement Award.

Graham Repp
School: Loyola. Sport: Football. GPA: 97.53. ACT: 34. College: Chicago. Football: Led 8A runner-up with 120 tackles as a captain in 2016. Starting linebacker on 2015 8A champions. All-Conference.
Academic honors: National Honor Society. National Merit Scholarship Commended. Skoglund Award for outstanding performance on the football field and in the classroom.

Maia Cella
School: Evanston. Sport: Soccer. GPA: 4.36. ACT: 30. College: Wisconsin. Soccer: All-State. Gatorade Player of the Year candidate. Four-time all-conference. Academic honors: Excellence in Achievement Award in biology and math. World Language/Bilingual Department Award. Ted Van Zelst Award for academics, athletics, character and leadership. Hobbies: Music, reading, skiing, forensics, volunteering.

Nick Leongas
School: Maine South. Sport: Football. GPA: 3.904. ACT: 30. College: Johns Hopkins. Football: Quarterback for Maine South team that won 8A championship in 2016. Tribune first-team All-State after passing for 2,871 yards and 28 touchdowns. Academic honors: Academic All-Conference. IHSA Scholar-Athlete. Kiwanis Scholar Award. Johns Hopkins scholarship.

Katie O’Connell
School: Mother McAuley. Sport: Volleyball. GPA: 4.45. ACT: 31. College: Ferris State. Volleyball: MVP with 450 digs and 352 kills as senior for 4A champion. Had 13 kills and 11 digs against Minooka in final. Academic honors: Salutatorian. AP Scholar with Distinction. Academic AllConference. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Catherine McAuley Honor Society.
Hobby: Volunteering.

Ashley Shook
School: Plainfield Central. Sport: Volleyball. GPA: 5.46. ACT: 28. College: Texas. Volleyball: Two-time firstteam All-State. Under Armour All-American. Conference MVP, four-time All-Conference, two-time regional champion. The 6-foot-2 setter had 547 assists, 207 kills and 204 digs as a senior. Set for Sports Performance U18 team as sophomore. Will play at Texas. Academic honors: Top 10 percent of class.

Myles Davis
School: Payton. Sports: Football, track. GPA: 3.93. ACT: 33. College: Columbia. Football: Three-time allconference, two-time all-city as wide receiver.
Track and field: Four-time state qualifer. Two-time sectional champion in 200 meters, once in 100.
Academic honors: IHSA Academic All-State Walter Payton Memorial Award. AllState History Fair honoree.
Hobbies: Concert choir, chess.

Irwin Loud
School: Oak Park-River Forest. Sports: Cross-country, track. GPA: 3.8. ACT: 29. College: Illinois.
Cross country: Finished 11th at 3A state meet in 2014. Regional chanpion in 2016.
Track: Finished second at 3A state meet in 3,200 meters in 2014, third in 2016 and sixth in 2017. Was fourth in 1,600 in 2016 and fifth in 2017. Three-time sectional champion, twice in 3,200 and once in 1,600.

Matt Pereira
School: Lake Zurich. Sports: Cross-country, track. GPA: 5.3. ACT: 35. College: Harvard. Cross-country: Third in 3A in 2014, fifth in ’15 (team fifth), sixth in ’16 (team third). Qualified for Nike and Foot Locker nationals. Track: Eighth in 3A 3,200 in 2014, ninth in ’15, 19th in ’16. Academic honors: Student Excellence Award in Spanish and U.S. History. Math AllState. National Merit Finalist. IHSA Academic All-State.

Rachel Song
School: Stevenson. Sport: Swimming. GPA: 4.73. ACT: 32. College: Emory. Swimming: Qualified for state in nine events over three years, including four as a senior. In 2016, finished fifth in 400 relay, ninth in 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay.
Academic honors: National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society. AP Scholar with Distinction. IHSA Scholastic Achievement. Academic AllConference.

Jack Henige
School: Fenwick. Sports: Football, basketball. GPA: 4.59. ACT: 33. College: Notre Dame. Football: Tight end for 7A state semifinalist in 2016. Preferred walk-on at Notre Dame. Basketball: Reserve forward for Class 3A runner-up in 2017. Academic honors: IHSFCA Academic All-State. Illinois State Scholar. National Honor Society. National Merit Scholar Commended. Hobbies: Math tutor, microfinance club, investment club.

Matt Milostan
School: Neuqua Valley. Sports: Cross-country, track. GPA: 4.5. ACT: 32. SAT: 1,400. College: Wisconsin. Cross country: Helped team win 3A title in 2016, finishing 23rd individually. Trac: Three-time AllConference.
Academic honors: Neuqua Academic Athlete of the Year. Magna Cum Laude. National Merit Commended Scholar. State Scholar. AP Scholar.
Hobbies: Biking, lifeguarding, volunteering .

Marco Pettinato
School: Lincoln-Way West. Sport: Basketball. GPA: 4.673. ACT: 31. College: Lewis. Basketball: All-State in 2016 and 2017. Most points in team history (1,826). Four-year starter, three-time All-Conference. Academic honors: AP Scholar. Illinois State Scholar. Math Student of the Year. National Honor Society. Magna Cum Laude. High Honor Roll. Hobbies: Computer coding, video games, movies, hanging out, fishing.

Carly Uhlir
School: Trinity. Sports: Volleyball, softball, bowling. GPA: 4.74. ACT: 32. SAT: 1,420. College: Kenyon. Volleyball: Trinity Athlete of the Year. All-State honorable mention.
Softball: Helped team win three regional titles.
Academic honors: Valedictorian. National Merit Scholar Commended. Illinois State Scholar. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society. Academic All-Conference.

Niko Ivanisevic
School: Hinsdale Central. Sports: Football, wrestling. GPA: 5.1. ACT: 33. College: Princeton. Football: All-State as offensive lineman. Will play at Princeton. Wrestling: Finished second in 3A at 285 pounds. School’s Male Athlete of the Year. Academic honors: National Association of Athletic Administrators Scholar-Athlete nominee. National Honor Society. Hobbies: Athletic leadership, fundraising for cancer research, choir, volunteering.

Ali Munson
School: Benet. Sports: Track & field, swimming. GPA: 4.175. ACT: 31. College: Princeton. Track & field: State champion in 3A pole vault in 2017, 2A in 2016. School and conference record-holder. Two-time state qualifier in long jump. Academic honors: Brad Webb Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Global Youth Summit on Future of Medicin. Hobbies: Lifeguarding, volunteering.

Claire Ramsey
School: Nazareth. Sports: Soccer, cross-country. GPA: 4.51. ACT: 33. College: Michigan. Soccer: 2017 conference player of the year for 2A regional champs. Led team to 1A sectional title in ’16. 2015 All-State. Cross-country: Three-time state qualifier.
Academic honors: Four-year honor roll. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society.
Hobbies: Student council, tutoring, retreat leader.

Vince Zona
School: Lyons. Sports: Cross-country, track. GPA: 5.09. ACT: 35. College: Notre Dame. Cross-country: Sixth in 3A in 2015 (team second), seventh in 2016 (team fourth). Track: Third in 3A 3,200 relay in 2017, 12th in 1,600. Academic honors: Lange Memorial Senior Athlete Award. National Merit Scholar Commended. Spanish National Honor Society. AP Scholar with Distinction. IHSA Academic All-State.

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