Chicago's 2019 Finalists

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Raquel Acevedo
St. Helen Catholic School, Teacher: Elizabeth Stefanec
Nicholas Barragan
Santa Lucia Catholic School, Teacher: Mary Eileen Dalcamo
Madeline Breunig
Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Teacher: May Quidang
Kiya Daughrity
St. Angela School, Teacher: Michelle Patel
Emiliano Escutia
Edward N. Hurly Elementary School, Teacher: Lisa Westergren
Salvador Garcia
St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Teacher: Rose Evans
Beatriz Gigante
Alessandro Volta Elementary School, Teacher: Kristina Vancil
Kyra Hayes
St. Angela School, Teacher: Michelle Patel
Roderick Mack
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School, Teacher: Melissa Kutsulis
Ogbonna Ugwu-Uche
Santa Lucia Catholic School, Teacher: Mary Eileen Dalcamo

Chicago's 2019 Top 100

Raquel Acevedo
St. Helen Catholic School
Lauren Alfaro
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Aidan Alvarez
Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy
Mariela Amezquita
Columbia Explorers Academy
Bryana Anaya
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Mariah Anderson
St. Sabina Academy
Afrika Armstead-Lee
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Jason Osei Asante
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School
Elias Ascencio
Rachel Carson Elementary School
Anthony Auiles
Rachel Carson Elementary School
Victoria Ayala
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Zoi Banks
Christ Our Savior Catholic School
Nicholas Barragan
Santa Lucia Catholic School
Angeline Bautista
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Neil Bermeo
Our Lady of Grace School
Kamyra Black
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Khalen Blake
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Angelica Bluitt
Christ Our Savior Catholic School
Shania Boyles
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Madeline Breunig
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
Nadia Brooks
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Daniel Byrnes
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
Jack Byrnes
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
Melanie Cabrera
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Tara Cahill
The Nettlehorst School
Julian Castillo
Columbia Explorers Academy
Kayla Castillo
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Mactzil Castrejon
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Joshua Castro
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Diego Cepeda
Columbia Explorers Academy
Aniya Crawl
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Kiya Daughrity
St. Angela School
Alexia Escudero
Santa Lucia Catholic School
Emiliano Escutia
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Leila Fabian
Columbia Explorers Academy
Sanaa Fedrick
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Emma Ferrell
Northside Catholic Academy
Veronica Flores
Our Lady of Grace School
Michaela Galvez
Santa Lucia Catholic School
Salvador Garcia
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Beatriz Gigante
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Ximena Gomez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Anahi Guerra
Rachel Carson Elementary School
Kyra Hayes
St. Angela School
Aaron Hernandez
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Vanessa Hernandez
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School
Aaliyah Jacobson
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Rianne Julio
St. Hilary School
Jayriel Kizer
St. Sabina Academy
Isabella Lam
Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy
Ari Latimer
The Nettlehorst School
Lawrence Lee
St. Sabina Academy
Ashley Leon
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Gabriella Levato
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
Bhargavi A. Limbachiya
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Eliana Lopez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Cindy Lopez-Martinez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Roderick Mack
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Karla Maldonado
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Athenas Martinez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Celeste Martinez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Elena Martinez
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Samira Martinez
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Maya May
St. Helen Catholic School
Yaquelin Medina
Columbia Explorers Academy
Key Meh
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Jasmeline Mendujano
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Deja Miles
St. Sabina Academy
Destiny Morales
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Alexis Morgan
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Kayla Nguyen
Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy
Abigail Ortman
The Nettlehorst School
Keeara Peterson
St. Angela School
Victoria Pinela
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Alexsandra Ramirez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Lauren Ray
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School
Jade Richardson
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Jamariah Riley
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Noah Rivera
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Stephanie Rodriguez
Columbia Explorers Academy
Christine Mae B. Sabado
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Catalino Salinas
Columbia Explorers Academy
Samantha Sandoval
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Gia Scarpelli
St. Hilary School
Maria Segarra
St. Mary Star of the Sea School
Ana Serban
The Nettlehorst School
Nikeisha Smith
Christ Our Savior Catholic School
Robert Soria
St. Helen Catholic School
Gavriel Tejas
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
Billy Tenezaca
St. Hilary School
Kelsey Terry
Christ Our Savior Catholic School
Sarah-Blessing Tetedje
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School
Kayla Thach
Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy
Alondra Torres
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Iyanna Tuyay
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Ogbonna Ugwu-Uche
Santa Lucia Catholic School
Rajvi Vachhani
Alessandro Volta Elementary School
Daisy Velez
Northside Catholic Academy
Jaylen Williams
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Anthony Zaragoza
Edward N. Hurley Elementary School