Marion High School senior Leah Hoeksema has been named a 2021 Indiana Academic All-Star, an honor earned by only 40 high school seniors in the state.
The Academic All-Stars were chosen from a field of 270 outstanding nominees from public and private schools around the state. The 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. Awards will be presented in May.
The Academic All-Star awards, now in their 35th year, aim to give academic achievement the prestige it deserves and to promote a positive image of Indiana’s young people. The awards also serve to motivate students and promote the value of academic excellence.
Congratulations to Leah Hoeksema on this outstanding and well-deserved honor!
Every public and private high school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education was able to nominate one senior for consideration. Schools were asked to take the following into consideration when choosing their nominee:
Student transcript, with a focus on Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced College Placement classes taken/grades received.
Academic achievements and honors, academic courses and academic extracurricular activities.
Other extracurricular activities, community service and leadership qualities.
From the 270 nominees received, a selection committee chose the 40 Indiana Academic All-Stars, along with an additional 50 regional honorees.
The program is produced by the Indiana Association of School Principals, with support provided by DePauw University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University, along with corporate partner Herff Jones.
IASP leads in the advocacy and support of all principals in their commitment to every child. The Department of Student Programs hosts academic competitions for students in grades 4-12, as well as a Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, a Student Day at the Legislature, the Academic All-Stars Program, and the Indiana Cheer Championship. Annually, over 40,000 students are involved in Department of Student Programs sponsored events. To learn more about the Indiana Association of School Principals and the Department of Student Programs, visit www.iasp.org.