High school: Niles High School

GPA: 4.34

Parents/guardians: Terry and Steve Merica

College I plan to attend: Northwestern University

Major: Journalism

Career plans: Political journalist

Most influential teacher: Joshua C. Doe

Most important achievements:

Editor-in-chief, school newspaper, 2013-15

Drum major, marching band, 2012-15

Co-president, Science Olympiad, 2013-15

MIPA Award of Excellence, 2013

AP Scholar

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