Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Hosts Inaugural National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy recently inducted 50 students from throughout Illinois into its newly-formed chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).   State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (Aurora) presented the keynote address on November 7, 2008 in the IMSA auditorium.  A reception for students (see below list of inductees) and their parents followed the ceremony.

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia(Aurora) speaks with IMSA Student Council President Mamatha Challa and other students and parents following the inaugural National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

IMSA President Dr. Max McGee said this ceremony is particularly special because having an IMSA chapter of the National Honor Society was a student driven initiative.

“They (IMSA students) made a compelling case to the national organization to allow IMSA to use a different criteria—the service and production, and eventual dissemination of an original work of scholarship—as the primary criteria for members,” McGee said.

Since IMSA does not have class rank, calculate grade point averages or GPA, the traditional criteria used to establish NHS chapters would not apply.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (


2008 National Honor Society Inductees

Amy Allen
Audrey Auyeung
Jake Ayala
Dawna Bagherian
Amishi Bajaj
Jennifer Bennett
Shelly Bhanot
Mamatha Challa
Abigail Chao
Anna Chen
Kevin Chen
Catherine Crawford
Andrew Ericson
Nichole Evans
Bernice Fokum
Katherine Funderburg
Lauraleigh Heffner
Gabriella Heller
Jennifer Hu
Meena Iyer
Janel Jin
Ankita Khandai
Sushma Kola
Akash Kumar
Anusha Kumar
Jasmine Kwasa
Bob Lee
Kristin Lee
Sheng-Ting Lin
Jimmy Liu
Jonathan Loucks
Maria Martinez
Matthew McDermott
Harika Nalluri
Liana Nicklaus
Ranait O’Connor
Martina Pillay
Anne Pipathsouk
Hannah Reiser
Sidanth Sapru
Shailee Shah
Joan Steffen
Kathryn Stromdahl
Adam Sun
Yiru Tao
Shilpa Topudurti
Katherine Tu
Karthik Vantakala
Shivam Vedak
Alisha Vimawala

Faculty/Staff Council

Mrs. Peg Cain
Mr. Patrick Furlong
Mr. Jim Gerry
Mr. Jose Palos
Dr. Aracelys Rios
Dr. Max McGee, Advisor