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14 | April 12, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot School the new lenox patriot’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Sara Schelinski, Lincoln-Way West senior Sara Schelinski was picked as this week’s Standout Student because of her academic performance. What is one essential you must have when studying? I really like to study in complete silence because it helps me focus in on the material so I can remember all of the details. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? I really like to hang out with my friends. Usually once a week we try and get together to catch up and we usually bake or watch a movie. What is one thing people don’t know about you? I think one thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that two summers ago I spent a week in Chicago at a leadership conference with 400 kids across the globe and that really pushed me to go into international studies in college. What is your dream job? I plan on studying international relations and economics, so I would like to get a job where I can help economic development in third world countries. Who do you look up to? I really look up to my parents because they have both taught me the importance of maintaining my integrity and to stand up for what I believe in. Real estate on your mind? Call Sharon Ahrweiler at CRIS REALTY I can • Help you find the best market price for your home • Help find the home of your dreams • Answer any real estate questions you have 1200 E. Lincoln Hwy New Lenox 815.485.5050 815.263.2844 Serving the Lincolnway Area for the past 40 years Photo Submitted Who is your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher is my sophomore Chemistry teacher, Mrs. Laack, because she always made sure everyone was challenged and engaged in her class. Even now that I am not in her class, she’s always checking in on my life and pushing me to grow in and out of school. What’s your favorite class and why? My favorite class is adaptive PE because I have built such strong relationships with all the students in the Special Ed department. All of the students are so kind and they never fail to brighten my day. What’s one thing that stands out about your school? I think our school does a really great job at helping everyone fit in. Between all the clubs and sports and opportunities, I feel like everyone has a chance to find their niche. What extracurricular(s) do you wish your school had? Now that I’m becoming more interested in international relations, I wish we put had Model UN. I think it would be interesting and very engaging for the students who were involved. What’s your favorite memory of high school? My best memory would be performing on the first day of school on the varsity dance team my junior year. It was such a surreal moment, looking up at the cheering people in the stands. It felt like a scene from High School Musical. Standout Student is a weekly feature for The New Lenox Patriot. Nominations come from New Lenox area schools. Four Lincoln-Way students named National Merit Scholar finalists Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 In mid-January, Lincoln- Way Community High School District 210 recognized 35 total students in a special ceremony for outstanding academic performance based on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation requirements. Of the 35 students, 31 earned Commended status and four earned Semifinalist status. After celebrating their semifinalist status in January, students Alexandria Krupske (Lincoln- Way West), Taylor Lenburg (Lincoln-Way Central), Lucas Nienhouse (Lincoln- Way East) and Karnap Patel (Lincoln-Way East), each submitted an application for Finalist status. Despite the competitiveness of the NMSC program, all four advanced as Finalists. “This is the equivalent to be named an academic All-American,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Tim Reilly. “These students should be incredibly proud of their achievement.” According to the NMSC website, of the 1.6 million entrants, approximately 50,000 test takers with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. More than two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/ NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. One-third of the 50,000 high scorers are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. From there, after submitting additional qualifications and an essay response Lincoln-Way West’s Alexandria Krupske (right) and Lincoln- Way Central’s Taylor Lenburg advanced as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Photos Submitted to a writing prompt, approximately 15,000 Finalists are chosen. “It’s always exciting because of all the scholarships that can come along with it, so it opened up opportunities for colleges that I may not have looked at if I didn’t win this,” Krupske said. In her essay application for NMSC, Krupske wrote about her job as a math tutor and how she unexpectedly enjoyed it. Her involvement in various clubs and activities has kept her busy at Lincoln-Way West. Krupske is a part of National Honor Society, Math Honors Society, Scholastic Bowl, Mathletes and Bowling. She is also president of Key Club. She applied to twenty total colleges, writing a different essay for each application. “I’m deciding between Northeastern University, University of Southern California and UCLA,” she said. “I want to study finance, and some schools will offer the opportunity to merge entrepreneurship with finance, so that would be my preference,” she says. When Senior Taylor Lenburg, of Lincoln-Way Central, was first called down to the office to notify her of her Finalist status, she said she slightly panicked. “I’ve never been called down to the office before,” Lenburg said. “So I was actually scared; I thought I was in trouble. ...Then it kind of occurred to me that maybe it was about the National Merit recognition.” When Principal Steve Provis presented her with her certificate of achievement, Lenburg’s fears disappeared. While at Lincoln- Way Central, she has kept busy by participating in Mathletes, Guitar Studio Ensemble, Tri-M Honor Society, National Honor Society and AFJROTC. While she’s excited for college, she’s still trying to decide which one she’d like to attend. She says, “I’m choosing between Illinois Wesleyan and Knox College; I’m thinking I want to go pre-law. 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