2017 -2018 Student Successes

Keith Graduates

  • The Class of 2018 received over $5 million dollars in merit scholarships for 37 students.
  • Over 90% of graduates in the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 were admitted into their first-choice institutions.
  • Recent graduates are attending schools such as: Augustana College, Bard College, Columbia University, University of California-Davis, University of Connecticut, The University of British Columbia, MIT, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, United States Naval Academy, University of Washington.
  • Last year’s graduates completed 4,355 hours of volunteer service.

Academic Awards and Honors

  • National Merit Scholars
  • National Merit Scholar Commended Students
  • Illinois State Scholars
  • Advanced Placement Scholars
  • 1st Semester Head of School’s list (70 middle and upper school students earned GPAs of 3.35 or higher)
  • 2nd Semester Head of School’s list (76 middle and upper school students earned GPAs of 3.35 or higher)
  • 38 Students Earned National Latin Awards

Academic Teams

  • In 2018, the World Youth Science and Engineering team placed 5th at state finals. Individual students Michael VonDriska and Elaine Lin place 5th in the state of Illinois in Biology.
  • Keith’s Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl team earned 2nd place.
  • The Middle School Quiz Bowl team placed 33rd in the nation. Cooper Roh placed 4th in the nation, individually.
  • The MATHCOUNTS middle school team placed 2nd locally. Rhea Shah and Sohm Srimani represented Keith at the state competition.
  • Keith’s History Bowl team placed 10th in the nation out of more than 100 team competing in the junior varsity division in 2018.
  • Inthe National History Bee, Cooper Roh won the 8th Grade Regional in Milwaukee. Sohm Srimani, Zander Folkerts, and Saketh Dontaraju competed in the 6th and 7th Grade Regionals in Chicago where Saketh placed 2nd overall.

Fine Arts

  • Keith’s high school snow sculpting team placed third in the high school division at the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition with an inspired piece named “Mother Nature Denatured.”
  • Four Keith students participated in the Illinois Grade School Music Education Association (ILMEA) District Festival at DeKalb High School.
  • Six students participated in the Illinois Grade School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest earning Division I ratings earning perfect and nearly perfect scores.
  • Nine students participated in the Illinois High School Association Solo and Ensemble Contest earning individual or ensemble Division I and Division II ratings.
  • Joey Cleveland was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Rockford Rock and Roll Music Camp.

Athletics

  • Keith’s volleyball team has won five consecutive IHSA regional championships (2012 – 2017).
  • Paige Yoder was the IHSA 2017 Class 1A long jump state champion.
  • Tristan Olpin qualified for IHSA state finals in track for the 3200M race in 2018. Tristan is also the 2016 IESA State Champion in cross country.
  • Brandon Bodak became Keith’s first IHSA state qualifier in boys’ tennis.
  • Sixteen Keith Cougars have gone on to play volleyball in college during the past 10 years, including eight at Division 1 schools.
  • Five Keith Cougars have gone on to play soccer in college during the past 10 years.

Exceptional Individual Honors

  • Michael VonDriska  received the 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award.
  • Thomas Moskalis was the 2018 Rotary Service Scholarship recipient.
  • Keith had five Illinois State Scholars – Francheska Brzazgon, Elyse Knoll, Nisha Kolla, Haley Shaw and Michael VonDriska.