Seniors Liam Warner, Mark Perkowski, and Nicholas Spanier have been enrolled in many of the same honors and AP classes since freshman year and it resulted in a friendly competition that pushed the three to the top of their class. Literally.
This spring, Saint Viator administrators announced that Liam had been named valedictorian and Mark and Nick were co-salutatorians for the Class of 2016.
“We are extremely proud of these young men,” says Principal Eileen Manno. “They are all taking the most rigorous curriculum possible and have risen to become the intellectual leaders of the school.”
All three are part of the Querbes Scholars program, and their intellects were on display at both of the academic symposiums presented this semester. The forum pushed participants to think on their feet and articulate their positions on matters of public policy, before an audience of their peers, faculty and family members.
Yet, the three scholars have more going for themselves than their smarts.
Take Liam. He served as captain of the golf team last fall, as co-editor in chief of the Viator Voice newspaper and as a leader on the Scholastic Bowl team. Closer to his home in Barrington, he regularly volunteers at the FISH food pantry in Carpentersville.
This fall, he will be heading to Columbia University, an Ivy League research university located in Upper Manhattan. Liam plans to study economics, with the hopes of learning more about the “physics of people,” as he calls it and learn about major socio-economic trends in the world.
Mark follows in the footsteps of his older brother and sister, who both were salutatorians of their class—Greg in 2011 and Renee in 2014. Both went on to major in pre-med, and Greg now is enrolled at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, while Renee just completed her junior year at Loyola University.
In keeping with the family tradition—their father, Dr. Adam Perkowski is a cardiologist on staff at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village—Mark has been accepted into the University of Illinois at Chicago’s pre-med program, which guarantees him a spot in its medical school.
“I’m excited to get ahead on something I feel so passionately about,” says Mark, who has participated in the Spanish and Math clubs at Saint Viator.
Nick is a state qualifier in cross country and an Eagle Scout. Consequently, he brought that goal-oriented attitude to his studies, where he excelled in math. He will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio this fall, which he chose for its math program, which will allow him to pursue an accelerated master’s degree in statistics.
“My teachers and classmates here at Saint Viator,” Nick says, “have helped to create an environment where exploring and understanding math was encouraged.”