Elite Top 100

Gillian Gaynor

Riverview Junior/Senior High School, 12

Thomas Gaynor
Kimberly Gaynor

Academic Achievement

The Rensselaer Medal, Award Recipient – 1 Year
The Challenge Program STEM Award, Award Recipient – 1 Year
American Legion Award Medal/ AP Scholar Award, Award Recipient – 1 Year
10 AP Classes in 2 years: AP Chemistry, AP Language and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Statistics, AP World History, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus, Student – 2 Years
High Honor Roll/4.73 GPA/Anticipated Valedictorian, Student – 4 Years

Extracurricular Activities

Brown Pre-College Program: Genome Hijackers-Studied the immunology of viral infections and genetic engineering; Completed a research project on programmable bacteria inducing cancer regression, Accepted Student – 1 Year
National Honor Society-Led officer and club meetings; Organized fundraisers, volunteering events and induction ceremony; Helped raise over $19,000 for the Salvation Army, Vice President – 2 Years
Orchestra-Performed in 4+ concerts a year; Played Christmas songs at schools, nursing homes and malls; Attended band trips in Nashville, Toronto, and Chicago, First Violin – 4 Years
Hometown High Q- Competed on a local television quiz show that tests students’ knowledge in various academic categories, placing 2nd overall; Organized team practices/ Cross Country- State qualifier and section champion; Varsity all 4 years; Led and organized workouts; Ran 35+ miles and competed in 3 meets and invitationals a week/ Track- Section champion; Led and organized workouts for the distance team; Competed in the 4 x 800m relay, 800m and 1 mile at meets and invitationals/ Club Soccer- Competed in a 2-week tournament in Southampton, England, placing 3rd; Played in games and tournaments throughout the northeast; Practices year round, Captain – 4 Years
French Club- Led club meetings and voting procedures; Organized field trips, club events and fundraisers; Collected member dues and monitored club funds/ History Club- 1st Place Senior Group Exhibit Regional History Day and 5th Place Senior Group Exhibit State History Day/ Biology and Consumer Science Laboratory Aide, President – 4 Years

Community Involvement

Presbyterian Senior Care in the Physical Therapy Department, Volunteer – 8 Years
Pittsburgh Marathon/Oakmont 5k Race, Volunteer – 3 Years
Salvation Army, Volunteer – 4 Years
Merante’s Gifts, Assistant Baker – 4 Years
The Lot at Edgewater, Host – 2 Years


After graduation, I plan on pursuing my passion for science and medicine by majoring in biochemistry, attending medical school and becoming a doctor, specializing in oncology or anesthesiology, so I can focus my energy on easing the suffering of society’s most vulnerable.