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5/17/2013 5:12:00 AM
L-P announces top 10 scholars


Submitted photoLa Salle-Peru Township High School this week announced the top 10 students in the class of 2013. They are (front) salutatorian Mathew Halm, co-valedictorians Christine Olson and Katlyn Gealow, (center) Robert Henry, Emily Schmidt, Heather Senica; (back) Alexandria Geisz, Natasha Frig, Kaleb Pytel and Hannah Pangrcic.
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La Salle-Peru Township High School this week announced the top 10 students in the class of 2013. They are (front) salutatorian Mathew Halm, co-valedictorians Christine Olson and Katlyn Gealow, (center) Robert Henry, Emily Schmidt, Heather Senica; (back) Alexandria Geisz, Natasha Frig, Kaleb Pytel and Hannah Pangrcic.
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La Salle-Peru Township High School this week announced its top 10 students after eight semesters from the class of 2013. They are listed below.

Co-valedictorian Katlyn Gealow heads to St. Ambrose University in the fall to study biology. She is the daughter of Charles and Beth Gealow of Oglesby. Gealow received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. She was the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, PQ Corp. Award, Elks Award, Masonic Award, Richard Henneberry Scholarship, American History Award, La Salle County Student Excellence Award, U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, and L-P Student of the Month. Gealow was named a member of the NewsTribune All-Academic Team. She was a four-year member of the volleyball and softball teams, earning all-academic status in both. In Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition, Gealow finished third in biology in sectional competition. She was a two-year member of the swimming team, and a member of the math team, student board (vice president), Future Business Leaders of America, and was a Link Crew leader. Gealow volunteers at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Deer Park Grade School and teaches CCD at St. Mary’s Church.

Co-valedictorian Christine Olson, daughter of Gary and Patrice Olson of Cedar Point, received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, Bausch and Lomb Science Award, NewsTribune All-Academic Team Honorable Mention, U.S. Marine Athletic Award and Prairie State Achievement Award. Olson also received the Student Excellence Award from the Starved Rock Regional Illinois Principals Association. She was a four-year member of the basketball team, earning all-academic honors, and a two-year member of the softball team. Olson was a member of student board (four years), key club and foreign language club (four years), peer helpers and freshman ring committee. She is a CCD aide at Sacred Heart Church in Granville and a volunteer for Special Olympics. Olson will study pre-dentistry at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Salutatorian Mathew Halm, son of Stephen Halm and Linda Moyer Halm of Utica, is a National Merit Scholar. He was the recipient of several awards including the U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete Award, President’s award for Academic Excellence, French award, Physics award, Quesse Technology Scholarship and Bertusi History Award. He was a member of the debate team, math team, foreign language club and scholastic bowl and computer club, where he served as captain of each. Halm was a member of the state-champion finance team and a three-time American Math contest school champion. Halm is a member of the WYSE team and was state runner-up in computer science in 2012, and received two first-place awards, critical essays and critic’s choice, in the NIB XII Literary Fest this year. He is a member of L-P marching band, serving as percussion section leader, and the symphonic band, percussion ensemble and pit orchestra. Halm was a three-year member of the track and cross country teams, where he was an all-academic honoree. He was named Most Valuable in cross country. Halm is a member of Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, where he organized a project at Waltham Presbyterian Church. Halm will attend the University of Illinois in the fall and major in computer science.

Robert Henry, son of Mark and Jayne Henry of La Salle, plans to study at biology at Hope College in Michigan. He was the recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, a Renaissance Student of the Month, Illinois Masonic Scholarship for Healthcare, U.S. Marine Scholastic Award, Nora Jennings Award for Music, Arion Foundation Award and Birdie Award for his role of the king in “Once Upon a Mattress,” this spring’s musical. Henry is a four-year member of the marching and symphonic bands, where he played the trumpet. He was also a member of the NIB XII honors band. Henry has been a member of the drama club, scholastic bowl and link crew leaders. He has been very involved in the theatre performing in musicals and drama and contest play productions. He was part of the cast of “Lil Abner,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Once on This Island,” “Rumors,” “Girl in the Mirror,” “Misery” and more. He received two second-place awards in critical essays and personal essays in the NIB XII Literary Fest. Henry was a member of the soccer team and tennis team, earning all-academic status. He participated in WYSE, earning first place in biology in regional competition. Henry will spend the summer with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He has volunteered for the Illinois Valley Red Cross, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra and Stage 212.

Emily Schmidt will study global studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield this fall. She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane Schmidt of Tonica. She was the recipient of the German award, American History Award, Perfect Attendance Award, U.S. Marine Scholastic Award, President’s Award for Academic Excellence and Renaissance Gold Cord Achievement Award. She was a member of the foreign language club, scholastic bowl, science club (treasurer), book club, math team and WYSE, where she received first place in English and second place in biology in regionals and third in biology in sectionals. Schmidt was a two-year choir member and participated in the all-state choir last year. She had also been a member of student council, art club and Impressions. Schmidt was a member of the math team that went to state this year, receiving second place in conics and second place as a team. Schmidt was also a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Natasha Frig, daughter of Brian and Tracy Frig of La Salle, is a recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, French award, Renaissance Gold Card Award and American Chemical Society Award. Frig was a member of the foreign language club, link crew, WYSE team and math team. She received second place in critical essays in the literary festival, and was part of the first-place, eight-person math team. Frig was active on the bowling team, where she earned all-academic status and a first place in the Cavalier Classic. She was a member of the cheerleading team as a freshman, earning the cheerleading leadership award. Frig will study forensic chemistry at Western Illinois University.

Heather Senica will attend the University of Indianapolis in the fall to study physical therapy. She is the daughter of Dale and Elizabeth Senica of Utica. Senica was the recipient of the Illinois Science Teachers Award, the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, the Spanish 4 Award and was a Student of the Month. She was a member of FBLA, senior board, WYSE team and freshman ring committee. Senica was a four-year member of the volleyball team, earning all-academic status and NewsTribune third-team honors. She was a two-year member of the softball team, earning all-academic status as well. She volunteered for Public Action to Deliver Shelter and St. Margaret’s Hospital.

Hannah Pangrcic, the daughter of Peggy Pangrcic of La Salle, received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, English award, French award, Renaissance Gold Cord award, Student of the Month and Unimin Scholarship. Pangrcic received first place in critical essays and third place in personal essays in the literary festival this year. She was a member of foreign language club, (historian), scholastic bowl, science club and debate club. As part of the WYSE team, she finished first in English as a junior, and second in English and third in biology as a senior. Pangrcic was accepted into the National Honor Society. She is a volunteer for Peru Public Library and Teen Advisory Group. Pangrcic will study geology at Boston University in the fall.

Kaleb Pytel, son of Terry and Elizabeth Pytel of La Salle, was a recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, PQ Corp. Award, U.S. Marine Athletic Award and Renaissance Gold Cord Achievement Award. Pytel was a four-year member of the baseball team — the team that in 2012 was second at state. He earned all-academic honors in baseball. Pytel was a member of student board, FBLA, Cavalpeers and freshman ring committee. He has volunteered for Illinois Valley Food Pantry, Walk for Lily and the March of Dimes Walk. Pytel will study physical therapy at Illinois Valley Community College in the fall.

Alexandria Geisz will study pre-med in the fall at Illinois Valley Community College and then at the University of Iowa. She is the daughter if Brenda Savage of Oglesby and Steve Geisz of Peosta, Iowa. She received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. She was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams for two years. Geisz was a member of FBLA, foreign language club, key club and cavalpeers. She is also active in the community, volunteering for Special Olympics and March of Dimes.












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