Congratulations to the 2020 Indiana Academic All-Stars and Regional All-Stars
The Indiana Association of School Principals’ Indiana Academic All-Stars program, now in its 34th year, is open to all high schools accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. This program celebrates the achievements of the outstanding seniors from across the state and the teachers who inspire them. Each high school may nominate one senior for consideration as an Academic All-Star.
Schools are directed to select nominees based on the following criteria:
• A mathematical formula that combines the SAT/ACT composite score and grade-point average for seven semesters.
• Extracurricular activities related to academics.
• Nonacademic extracurricular activities.
• Leadership, Community service and involvement.
For the selection process, the state was divided into five regions. Within each region, nominees were divided into two enrollment classes: Class 1 consisted of schools with enrollments of more than 611 students; Class 2 was schools with enrollments up to and including 611. A committee of educators and civic leaders, representing all regions, first select Regional award winners. A total of 90 Regional Honorees were selected from among the 270 nominees across the five regions. The Selection Committee used the same criteria that guided the schools’ nominations. The students with the highest scores were elevated to the top of the selection process, then the committee took other factors into consideration. Fifteen of the students nominated this year had perfect academic scores: a perfect ACT and/or SAT composite and a 4.0 (or higher) GPA.
From the Regional Honorees, the committee chose 40 students for statewide honors in a three step process which ensured representation from each region and enrollment class, as well as students selected regardless of their location or school size.
We recognize all 90 students in this program, with the 40 Academic All-Stars receiving plaques in honor of their achievements. DePauw University, Indiana University, and Purdue University will also be presenting student scholarships, along with the Indiana Association of School Principals awarding scholarships: one to a student based on their community leadership and involvement and another based on involvement and achievements in IASP sponsored academic competitions.
As a part of the application process, nominees wrote essays about an educator who has been a significant influence in their lives. The educators nominated by the 40 Academic All-Stars will also receive plaques highlighting their influence on the lives of these students.
Please join us in congratulating all of these remarkable young people. With students like these we know that our future will be in good hands. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick. recorded a special message for our honorees which is posted on our web page along with videos celebrating both the 2020 Indiana Academic All-Stars and Regional All-Stars.