National Merit Scholar Duligur Ibeling is Heading to Harvard

We picked the brain of the Maple Grove native and Wayzata High School graduate in a Q & A.

Scholar: Duligur Ibeling

Hometown: Maple Grove

High School: Wayzata High School

High School GPA: 4.0 (un-weighted)

College: Harvard

Probable Area of Study in College: Science

Past Extracurricular Activities: Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl, Math Team, Science Olympiad, Latin Club, volunteer at North Memorial Hospital, science research, coach for Wayzata Central Middle School’s Quiz Bowl/Science Bowl team.

Academic Honors: 2012 US Presidential Scholar, Siemens AP Award, Siemens Competition semifinalist, Intel STS semifinalist, National AP Scholar, Silver Medal and 1st place team in International Linguistics Olympiad, Honors in US National Chemistry Olympiad, American Invitational Math Exam qualifier, 1st place individual and state champion team in MN Academic Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, Perfect Score in Level VI of National Latin Exam, Highest Honor in National Greek Exam, First Place in National French Exam, Yale Science & Engineering Association Award, Presidential Service Award, Top 10 Senior in Wayzata HS


Q: What are your plans after high school graduation?

A: I will be attending Harvard University.  I chose Harvard because of its rigorous academic programs.


Q: What area of study do you want to pursue in college? Why?

A: I want to study science because it's exciting and it can help us solve many problems in the world.


Q: Any extracurricular activities you plan to participate in while in college?

A: I haven't decided yet. I plan to try new things in college.


Q: What was your favorite class in high school?

A: I liked AP Chemistry and AP Art History since I learned a lot in them.


Q: What do you look forward to most about college?

A: I look forward to meeting new people to expand my worldview.


Q: What will you miss most about high school?

A: I will miss my teachers most, since they were wonderful and caring.


Q: A lot of factors went into deciding the National Merit Scholarships (academic record, difficulty of classes, standardized test scores, leadership in school and activities, and an essay, etc.). If you had to pick a strongpoint in your accomplishments, what do you think played a major role in you earning a national merit scholarship?

A: I think my academic excellence was the major factor.