Forty high school seniors from throughout Indiana have been named 2014 Indiana Academic All-Stars, a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP), and were honored at a recent luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.
In addition, 36 other students were recognized as Academic All-Star Regional Honorees.
The students were selected from a field of 253 nominees from the state’s private and public accredited schools.
Academic All-Star distinction recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom first and foremost, but who also are actively involved in their schools and communities, and take on leadership roles in those activities. The program is produced by the Indiana Association of School Principals, with support provided by Earlham College, Franklin College, Marian University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University, along with corporate partners BMO Harris Bank, Herff Jones, IndyStar.com, and Inter-State Studios.
Each nominated student submits an essay recognizing their most influential educator. For the past several years, Franklin College has sponsored two Influential Educator Awards and this year honored Carroll High School (Fort Wayne) history teacher Leslie Clark, who was recognized by Regional Academic All-Star Dillon Fernando, and Heritage Christian High School U.S. history and government teacher Dave Watt, nominated by Indiana Academic All-Star Natalie Boone. Each teacher received $1,000.
Similarly, Earlham College annually honors two teachers — one in social sciences and one in mathematics. Each also received $1,000 at this year’s luncheon. Shannon Hughes of Signature School in Evansville, received the Distinguished Teacher in Mathematics award and was recognized by Indiana Academic All-Star Jay Erkilla. The Social Sciences Distinguished Teacher award went to Colin May, a Hobart High School teacher who was honored by Indiana Academic All-Star Mikayla Small.
This year, an additional $1,000 teacher award was presented by Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning to Madison Consolidated High School teacher Lee Strassell. Strassell was honored by Indiana Academic All-Star Clark Vaughn.