Meet 40 Hoosier high school students who distinguished themselves in academics, service and leadership.
A custom advertising publication to The Indianapolis Star ★ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 28TH ANNUAL TUSHAR CHANDRA VICTORIA SEDWICK ANDRADA DIACONESCU LIBBY MOYER MATTHEW GREGORY MARK BODE NATHAN GRABNER MIKHAILA HAMILTON EDDIE BARKS DAVID LIANG STACY CURNOW NATALIE BOONE MIKAYLA SMALL JOSH BOTTOS ALAINA MILAZZO JACOB A. VILLIGER RENEE BRIGHAM JACOB BROWN NANCY DALTON MADELEINE PELZEL CLARK VAUGHN ANNA GRABOVAC NATHAN HAND JAMIE DURBIN NEIL REINKE MADELINE DANFORTH KELSEY OWINGS DAN FU EMILY SONG BEN COOMER JAY ERKILLA ROB CORAM SARAH CAI TAYLOR HATFIELD HALEY SORRELLS MITCHELL TURLEY SETH BENJAMIN NICK PERKINS ANDREW BENTIVOGLIO LAUREN GLASSBURN Meet the 40 students who distinguished themselves this year in academics, service and leadership 2014 S2 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Academic All-Stars program recognizes stellar students By Brian Herbert For Custom Publications For nearly three decades, the Indiana Association of School Principals has paid tribute to the best and brightest students in the state. The tradition continues this year as the organization unveils the annual list of Indiana Academic All-Stars. “We have a long history of putting the spotlight on students who excel academically,” said Kyle Harrop, IASP student programs director. “We feel these students deserve to be honored for their hard work and dedication.” The selection process is extensive and challenging. Every accredited school in Indiana can nominate one senior student for consideration. The selection committee then crunches the numbers to evaluate each nominee’s GPA and SAT or ACT test scores. In fact, eight of “We have a this year’s honorees achieved long history a perfect ACT or SAT score and a 4.0 GPA. The committee of putting also reviewed transcripts to the spotlight evaluate students’ coursework. “We want to not only see on students the GPA and test scores for who excel students, we also want to see if the students are taking academically.” advantage of advanced placement or other more stringent courses,” Harrop said. The selection process isn’t purely academic. Each school can submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the nominated student. The committee also considers each student’s leadership, community service and extracurricular activities. From all of this information, the committee selects 90 students representing five different regions. The regional boundaries are designated by the committee to ensure a broad cross section of schools. Of the 90 students honored each year, 40 are designated as Indiana Academic All-Stars. Another 50 are recognized as Regional Academic All-Stars. All of the students are recognized at an annual luncheon. Students who are nominated but not selected receive personal recognition. Several honored students will receive a scholarship from Indiana University or Purdue University. The The Indiana Roof Ballroom provides a dazzling setting for the annual Academic All-Stars luncheon. scholarships show appreciation for homegrown academic talent in Indiana while helping to keep bright students in the state for their postsecondary education. The nominated students aren’t the only ones recognized in the process. Each student also submits an essay about his or her most influential teacher. “These students we recognize work very hard, but we know great teachers helped them along the way,” Harrop said. “It is really great to share these essays with those teachers so they can see the impact they’ve had.” Franklin College will recognize two of those teachers with Influential Educator awards, and Earlham College will recognize two additional educators with Distinguished Teacher awards. Marian University will also present an educator award. The Indiana Academic All-Stars is a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals, in partnership with Earlham College, Franklin College, Indiana University, Marian University and Purdue University. This IASP program is also brought to you through our corporate partners BMO Harris Bank, Herff-Jones, InterState Studio, and The Indianapolis Star. ★ Kyle Harrop addresses the honorees. CREDITS This is an advertising product of Custom Publications, a division of Star Media. This and other publications can be found at issuu.com/indystar. Todd Bess, executive director Kyle Harrop, student programs director Diane Abel, administrative assistant INDIANA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PRINCIPALS Elaine Benken, associate manager Manda Newlin, contributing editor Beth Winchell, coordinator / designer STAR MEDIA CREATIVE PHOTOS: MARC LEBRYK AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S3 ★ All-Star Educators ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Each of this year’s Academic All-Stars was asked to write an essay describing the school employee who most influenced his or her academic performance. Read about the outstanding Indiana educators who are encouraging and inspiring bright minds. Paul Jones I always had problems paying attention in school. I frequently went ahead of the lesson because I was bored by the rate of instruction. I honestly tried to pay attention, but my eyes could never hold. Around eighth grade, I started sitting in the back of the class so teachers wouldn’t notice. Finally that year in my pre-algebra class, I had a breakthrough with my teacher, Mr. Jones. He even assisted with further comprehension of mechanisms’ functions and provided reason why they worked. Rarely do teachers understand that regulating the way students learn inhibits understanding of material. Tim Kelaghan Mr. Kelaghan exhibits a genuine excitement and amazement at the power of calculus, which he effortlessly draws out of his students as well. He constantly refers to mathematics — in particular integration — as an art, making each one of us an artist and allowing each problem to mean more than just numbers and letters. He has instilled in each one of us an admiration for the exact things that previously seemed meaningless.” — Victoria Sedwick, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School — Eddie Barks, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Doug Klumpe I took my first math class from Mr. Klumpe in seventh grade. I’ve since taken four years of math with him and participated in extracurriculars he has coached. From the first day of class, I immediately noticed Mr. Klumpe’s dedication to his teaching; he refuses to do a mediocre job and expects the same of his students. His classes are known for being challenging and demanding, but especially rewarding. Mr. Klumpe’s devotion to excellence in his teaching has influenced me to approach my work with the same attitude. Diane Karst As the head of the math department as well as my geometry and pre-calc teacher, Ms. Karst has been vital in my choice of engineering as a career. In the real world, the methods to find mathematical answers are never spoon fed. It is the same way with her classes. By junior year pre-calc, I was astounding college engineering students by showing them the homework for that class. At least twice a week, I was in her room before or after school for help. Ms. Karst has not only always been there to help me, but all of her students. — Seth Benjamin, Harrison High School — Nathan Grabner, Bishop Luers High School For more all-star educators, see Page 11 ➤ HIGHER EDUCATION AT THE HIGHEST PROVEN VALUE We believe that students deserve a highvalue education they can afford. So we’re increasing scholarships. Cutting costs. And doing everything we can to increase the long-term value of a Purdue degree. Because when we say that big ideas are at the core of higher education — we mean it. WE ARE PURDUE. WHAT WE MAKE MOVES THE WORLD FORWARD. EA/EOU purdue.edu/purduemoves S4 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ Edward Barks School: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Hometown: Indianapolis Achievements: Academic All-State (football), National Merit Semifinalist, DAR Good Citizens Award, Presidential Scholars candidate, IHSAA Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award Activities: Football, wrestling, Academic Super Bowl, Students Taking Responsibility Against Poverty College plans: Purdue University or Vanderbilt University Career plan: Chemical engineering Parents: Mary and Bill Barks Influential educator: Timothy Kelaghan, math teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Mark Bode School: Avon High School Hometown: Avon Achievements: Academic All-State (tennis), AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, Wells Scholar finalist, Rotary International speech contest district winner, state champion concert band Activities: Basketball, tennis, Spell Bowl, band, drama, class officer, Riley Dance Marathon committee chair, church board of deacons member College plans: Harvard University Career plan: Political science Parents: Stephanie and Michael Bode Influential educator: Laura Rasmussen, AP language and composition teacher Seth Benjamin School: William Henry Harrison High School Hometown: West Lafayette Achievements: AP National Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Semifinalist, Presidential Scholars candidate, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Math Counts coach, World Language Quiz Bowl, SAT tutor College plans: Harvard University or University of Chicago Career plan: Linguistics Parents: Chen and Mark Benjamin Influential educator: Doug Klumpe, math teacher Andrew Bentivoglio School: St. Theodore Guerin High School Hometown: Westfield Achievements: Academic All-State (crosscountry), National Merit Finalist, IB candidate, Golden Eagle Athletic award, DECA state finals medalist, Kelley School of Business scholarship, C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award Activities: Student council, track and field, band, student body co-president, Eagle Scout Senior Patrol Leader, Temple Knights of Holy Eucharist vice president College plans: University of Michigan or University of Notre Dame Career plan: Business finance Parents: Nora and Joseph Bentivoglio Influential educator: Joe Lustig, math teacher Natalie Boone School: Heritage Christian School Hometown: Carmel Achievements: Hoosier Girls State, Phi Beta Kappa, Mock Trial Best Attorney award, C.S. Lewis Award for Excellence in Practical Theology, ACSI Outstanding Achievement Award Activities: Soccer, band, choir, drama, orchestra, student council, class president, praise band, vacation bible school group leader, mission trips, Latin Honor Society College plans: Undecided Career plan: Business and sociology Parents: Diann and Brian Boone Influential educator: Dave Watt, AP U.S. history and government teacher Josh Bottos School: Lowell Senior High School Hometown: Lowell Achievements: Academic All-State (football), Academic AllConference (wrestling), AP Scholar, 2013 Indianapolis Colts Academic All-State team Activities: Academic Super Bowl, L-Club Leadership Council president, youth football camp instructor, group leader, peer mentor/ tutor, public library volunteer College plans: Indiana University or Wabash College Career plan: Cardiothoracic surgeon Parents: Sheryl and Thomas Bottos Influential educator: Joseph Gianotti, English teacher Renee Brigham School: Crown Point High School Hometown: Crown Point Achievements: Academic All-State (soccer), AP Scholar, Presidential Scholars candidate, National Latin Exam gold, girls’ soccer mental attitude award, Indiana Junior Classical League academic achievement Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Latin club, math club, anti-bullying program mentor, Faith Formation teacher, elementary school tutor, soccer camp coach College plans: Undecided Career plan: Biomedical engineering Parents: Indira and Gary Brigham Influential educator: Jason McGee, AP calculus teacher Jacob Brown School: Eastern Hancock High School Hometown: Greenfield Achievements: Academic All-State (crosscountry), National Merit Finalist, band drum major, National Honor Society president, Lilly Scholarship finalist Activities: Academic Super Bowl, choir, drama sound technician, online newspaper editor, HOBY seminar, yearbook editor, class president, Special Olympics lifeguard, student council College plans: University of Kentucky or Purdue University Career plan: Materials engineer Parents: Kelli and Kevin Brown Influential educator: Andrew Shores, math teacher AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S5 ★ Sarah Cai School: West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School Hometown: West Lafayette Achievements: AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist, Public Forum Debate national tournament qualifier, AllState singles tennis first team, tennis captain, valedictorian Activities: Cross-country, student council president, SADD secretary, prom board, Purdue research assistant, Environmental Consciousness Organization, West Side Service Organization secretary College plans: California Institute of Technology Career plan: Biochemistry and molecular biophysics Parents: Ping Wang and Zhiqiang Cai Influential educator: Miles Lubben, physics teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Rob Coram School: Warren Central High School Hometown: Indianapolis Achievements: National Merit Semifinalist, state speech champion, Mr. Black and Gold Activities: Tennis, newspaper, debate team, student council vice president, Model UN delegate, class historian, spirit section leader College plans: The Ohio State University Career plan: International relations and sports Parents: Kathy and Bob Coram Influential educator: Nicholas Salemi, social studies teacher Tushar Chandra School: Columbus North High School Hometown: Columbus Achievements: AP National Scholar, National Honor Society, National Merit Finalist, Wells Scholar Finalist, All-State Honor Band, Indiana Math League winner, AIME qualifier Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Brain Game, orchestra, Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, elementary Math Bowl coach, Amnesty International leader College plans: Undecided Career plan: Mathematics and biology Parents: Satish Chandra and Anuja Gupta Influential educator: Dale Nowlin, math teacher Ben Coomer School: Seymour High School Hometown: Seymour Achievements: Academic All-State (track and field, tennis), Hoosier Boys State, Indiana All-State Honor Choir, Coca-Cola Scholars program, ISSMA state gold medalist, Indiana Math League four-time top scorer Activities: Spell Bowl, Band, Choir, Renaissance Club, church brass ensemble principal trumpet, youth tennis and track camps volunteer, Latin club, Kentucky Center for the Arts volunteer College plans: University of Chicago or University of Notre Dame Career plan: Actuarial science or mathematics Parents: Becky Grelle and Tim Coomer Influential educator: Chris Rose, AP English language and composition teacher MARIAN UNIVERSITY Indianapolis Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership ® The Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership is a high-quality, innovative leadership program focused on turning around Indiana’s schools. The program was developed in partnership with world-renowned scholars, researchers, and experts on effecting change and creating school cultures that lead to improved student learning. This program provides the tools necessary to empower innovators to implement aggressive reforms that enable all children to achieve at higher level. The program is designed specifically for current educators who are interested in administrative positions— including principals—in K-12 schools. The academy is proud to be a Bush Institute Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) affiliate and a KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship (KLDF) member. All candidates who successfully complete the academy’s program are eligible for an Indiana K-12 Building Level Administrator’s license. For more information about the program, visit www.marian.edu/academy or contact Lindan B. Hill, Ph.D., director of the Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership, at email@example.com or 317.955.6089. TEACHERS: TAKE YOUR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL www.marian.edu Marian University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana. S6 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ Stacy Curnow School: Hamilton Southeastern High School Hometown: Fishers Achievements: Presidential Scholars candidate, Level 9 Eastern National gymnastics qualifier, sophomore math student of the year, class top 10 Activities: Student council, Spanish Honor Society, homecoming dance committee, Operation Christmas Child College plans: Undecided Career plan: Business Parents: Cindy and Scott Curnow Influential educator: Annette Probst, fifth-grade advanced English teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Andrada Diaconescu School: Brownsburg High School Hometown: Brownsburg Achievements: AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist, Wells Scholar Finalist, fifth-year Carson Scholar, Huggable Hero semifinalist, President’s Volunteer Service Award, Prudential Spirit of Community Award Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, Spanish club, public library teen council co-chair, hospital volunteer in Romania, Art for the Heart project founder College plans: University of Chicago Career plan: Pediatric surgeon Parents: Angelica and Cristian Diaconescu Influential educator: Elizabeth Walter, chemistry teacher Nancy Dalton School: Eastern High School Hometown: Pekin Achievements: Academic All-State (track), DAR Good Citizens Award, Hoosier Girls State, National Merit commended student, NHS Outstanding Service Award, valedictorian Activities: Basketball, cross-country, track and field, choir, class officer, Spanish club, sign language club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, church youth group, Musketeer Mentor of the Year College plans: Bellarmine University Career plan: Physician’s assistant Parents: Shari and Larry Dalton Influential educator: Tammy Clemons, elementary school teacher Madeline Danforth School: North Central High School Hometown: Indianapolis Achievements: Academic All-State (soccer), AP Scholar with Distinction, IB candidate, National Merit commended student, Panther Recognition Leadership Award, Spirit of 4H Leadership Award, Wind Ensemble Most Outstanding Member, ISSMA gold medalist Activities: Band, orchestra (principal bassoon), algebra tutor, therapeutic riding center volunteer, homeless shelter fundraising College plans: Undecided Career plan: Science Parents: Coral Mackenzie and Robert Danforth Influential educator: Rick Granlund, band teacher Jamie Durbin School: Mitchell High School Hometown: Mitchell Achievements: DAR Good Citizens Award, Hoosier Girls State (county judge), Americanism and Government test state winner, American Legion oratorical contest district winner Activities: Academic Super Bowl, band, student council, Girl Scouts, hospital volunteer, Relay for Life team captain, SADD, peer mentor leader College plans: University of Evansville Career plan: Pre-medicine Parents: Melissa and James Durbin Influential educator: Julie Hewetson, guidance counselor Jay Erkilla School: Signature School Hometown: Newburgh Achievements: AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, Tristate Science and Engineering Fair (second place), IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages Award of Excellence Activities: Cross-country, track and field, orchestra, student council, Global Volunteers president, soup kitchen volunteer, Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra College plans: University of Chicago Career plan: Undecided Parents: Julie and Jack Erkilla Influential educator: Shannon Hughes, IB coordinator and teacher Dan Fu School: Park Tudor School Hometown: Carmel Achievements: Academic All-Conference (cross-country), AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, Presidential Scholars’ candidate, Siemens national competition (second place), cum laude inductee Activities: Track and field, band, academic team, student council secretary, Artisan literary magazine editor, Model UN secretary general, Cyber Patriot contest national finalist College plans: Harvard University Career plan: Computer science Parents: Hillary Wu and Henry Fu Influential educator: Ryan Ritz, computer science teacher Lauren Glassburn School: Tipton High School Hometown: Tipton Achievements: AP Scholar, DAR Good Citizens Award, National Merit commended student, outstanding concert band student, most improved award (tennis), American Mathematics Competition Activities: Cross-country, tennis, band, science club, Agape Riding Center volunteer, hospital volunteer College plans: Purdue University or Vanderbilt University Career plan: Pharmacology Parents: Ruth and Richard Glassburn Influential educator: Rod (TOP) Fletcher, band director AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S7 ★ Nathan Grabner School: Bishop Luers High School Hometown: Fort Wayne Achievements: National Merit commended student, FBLA public speaking state champion and state runner-up (impromptu speaking), Eagle Scout Activities: Football, swimming, tennis, wrestling, Academic Super Bowl, drama, student council, Future Business Leaders of America, lacrosse, Big Brothers Big Sisters College plans: Vanderbilt University or Duke University Career plan: Mechanical engineering Parents: Nancy and Roger Grabner Influential educator: Diane Karst, math teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Mikhaila Hamilton School: Bosse High School Hometown: Evansville Achievements: Academic All-Conference (volleyball and swimming), Academic All-State (tennis), IB candidate, ISSMA state gold medalist, UE Junior Math Scholarship Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, band, orchestra, student council, church youth ministry, city swim coach, middle school volleyball coach, environmental club College plans: Hanover College or Bellarmine University Career plan: Actuarial science, Spanish Parents: Linda and Bill Hamilton Influential educator: Paula Boenigk, librarian Anna Grabovac School: Marquette Catholic High School Hometown: Ogden Dunes Achievements: Academic All-Conference (cross-country), National Merit commended scholar, summa cum laude, Ed Paine Scholar, Science Olympiad gold medalist Activities: Track and field, Spell Bowl, academic team, newspaper, yearbook, orchestra, dance, student ambassador, Reins of Life leader College plans: Undecided Career plan: Biochemistry or English Parents: Lisa and James Grabovac Influential educator: Richard Schaefer, social studies teacher Matthew Gregory School: Cathedral High School Hometown: Avon Achievements: AP Scholar, DAR Good Citizens Award, Cathedral Presidential Scholar, mental attitude and most improved awards (basketball), Indiana City/ County Boys Basketball Academic All-Star, IBCA first team Academic All-State, St. Andre Bessette Distinguished Servant Leadership Award Activities: State math contest, state Spanish contest, American Mathematics Competition, 10-year 4-H State Fair member, peer mentor, Earth Day volunteer, basketball camp coach/ counselor College plans: Undecided Career plan: Undecided Parents: Susan and Kevin Gregory Influential educator: Kevin Williams, 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We foster an unwavering spirit of curiosity, exploration, and innovation—with programs that enable graduates to effect great change and make lasting contributions in Indiana and beyond. admit.indiana.edu S8 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ Nathan Hand School: Milan High School Hometown: Milan Achievements: Academic All-State (wrestling), Eagle Scout, concert band gold medalist Activities: Golf, soccer, band, newspaper, yearbook, student council, town park cleanup coordinator, Rose-Hulman math team, food pantry renovation (Eagle Scout project), blood drive coordinator College plans: U.S. Naval Academy or Purdue University Career plan: Naval aviator Parents: Becky and Eric Hand Influential educator: Jessica SmallSummers, physics and chemistry teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Alaina Milazzo School: Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School Hometown: Lafayette Achievements: Academic All-State (soccer), valedictorian, IU Druck Scholarship, Lilly Endowment Scholarship nominee, mock trial best attorney award, Soccer Senior Excellence Award, AllStar High School Show Choir Activities: Swimming, Academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, choir, drama, class officer, debate team, student council, church choir, cantor, altar server, Zoo Run Run volunteer, prom committee College plans: Indiana University Career plan: Journalism and advertising Parents: Marla and Joe Milazzo Influential educator: Jennifer Haan, English and literature teacher Taylor Hatfield School: Triton Junior/ Senior High School Hometown: Ogden Dunes Achievements: Academic All-State (basketball), Top 100 Basketball Showcase, MAC Mental Attitude Award nominee Activities: Cross-country, track and field, yearbook, class president, student council, Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy, blood drive volunteer, science club, Spanish club, Habitat for Humanity fundraising organizer College plans: Indiana University East Career plan: Dentistry Parents: Angela and Harold Hatfield Influential educator: Dawn Slein, biology teacher David Liang School: Carmel High School Hometown: Carmel Achievements: Academic All-State (soccer), AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist, Presidential Scholars candidate, International Chemistry Olympiad gold medalist, HarvardMIT Math Tournament Activities: Academic team, orchestra, class officer, student council, Carmel Arts Council (high school division officer), IU School of Medicine pediatrics research, Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner volunteer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer College plans: Harvard University or Stanford University Career plan: Chemistry Parents: Hongmei Liang and John Lu Influential educator: Dan Perdun, math teacher Libby Moyer School: Argos Junior/ Senior High School Hometown: Argos Achievements: Hoosier Girls State, Lugar Symposium delegate, Hawkins Award nominee, Marshall County Leader Award, best soloist and actress awards Activities: Basketball, volleyball, academic team, choir, class officer, National FFA, 4-H, Business Professionals of America, Future Educators in Action, Indiana Quarter Horse Association College plans: Valparaiso University or Butler University Career plan: Political science/prelaw Parents: Holly and Gary Moyer Influential educator: Sandra Burroughs, choir director Kelsey Owings School: Oak Hill High School Hometown: Sweetser Achievements: Academic All-Conference (softball), Hoosier Girls State county councilman, Scholar Athlete Award, ISSMA gold medalist, mental attitude award (softball) Activities: Soccer, orchestra, debate team, German club, O club, FCA, Sunday school teacher College plans: Northwestern University or Butler University Career plan: Physical therapy Parents: Vicki and Ron Owings Influential educator: David McDivitt, history teacher Madeleine Pelzel School: Forest Park Junior/Senior High School Hometown: Ferdinand Achievements: UT Austin Outstanding Design and Excellence Award, local history essay contest winner, PLTW Engineering and Design regional team captain (first place), valedictorian Activities: Cross-country, track and field, academic team, orchestra, student council, dance team, BETA Club, church lector and music minister, Learning Experiences in Applied Fields president and co-founder College plans: Rice University Career plan: Architecture Parents: Pamela and Morris Pelzel Influential educator: Jeff Johnson, PLTW teacher Nicholas Perkins School: Zionsville High School Hometown: Zionsville Achievements: Academic All-State (lacrosse), AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, President’s Award (community service), American Chemical Society honorable mention, Eagle Scout Activities: Student Council, Campus Life, Mu Alpha Theta, FCA, Boone County Kiwanis Leadership, American Cancer Society volunteer College plans: Purdue University or Northwestern University Career plan: Chemical engineering research and development Parents: Jane and Mark Perkins Influential educator: Lee Banitt, chemistry teacher AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S9 ★ Neil Reinke School: Muncie Central High School Hometown: Muncie Achievements: Academic All-Conference (cross-country), AP Scholar, National Merit commended student, Doug Coers Memorial Award for Character, most dedicated swimmer, most improved runner, valedictorian Activities: Track and field, drama, newspaper, yearbook, student council, French club, Mu Alpha Theta, iPad Student Tech team, prom committee, Civic Theatre volunteer, church singer/altar server College plans: Butler University Career plan: Pharmacy Parents: Jodi and Steve Reinke Influential educator: Charity Coffman, French teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Emily Song School: Penn High School Hometown: Granger Achievements: Academic Excellence Award, Academic AllState (golf), National AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, Presidential Scholars candidate, AIME qualifier, National Chemistry Olympiad qualifier, valedictorian Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Knowledge Masters, orchestra, student council, freshman mentor, Relay for Life committee, prom committee, public library event volunteer, tutor for French, math and science College plans: Columbia University Career plan: Biomedical engineering Parents: Katherine and Yu Song Influential educator: Jim Garrett, business teacher and golf coach Victoria Sedwick School: Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School Hometown: Indianapolis Achievements: Academic All-State (volleyball), Span Scholar, YMCA Student of the Year, ISSMA gold medalist, Jefferson’s Award, Carson Scholar, All-City Scholar-Athlete Activities: Basketball, track and field, choir, church youth minister, tutor College plans: Fisk University or Purdue University Career plan: Premed and psychology Parents: Darlene and Leroy Sedwick Influential educator: Paul Jones, math teacher Mikayla Small School: Hobart High School Hometown: Hobart Achievements: AP Scholar, Hoosier Girls State, outstanding English and math awards, mental attitude awards (soccer and tennis), ISSMA concert band (gold with honorable distinction) Activities: Soccer, tennis, Academic Super Bowl, academic team, band, drama, class officer, Key Club, nursing home volunteer, Juvenile Diabetes Research events team captain, Relay for Life volunteer College plans: Purdue University or Indiana University Career plan: Pre-veterinary medicine Parents: Kimberly and Edward Webb Influential educator: Colin May, history teacher S10 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ Haley Sorrells School: Valparaiso High School Hometown: Valparaiso Achievements: AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, Presidential Scholars candidate, Lamp of Knowledge, fall cheer MVP, outstanding cheerleader Activities: Academic Super Bowl, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Spanish club, Porter County Special Olympics volunteer, Toys for Tots, elementary school tutor College plans: University of Southern California or Duke University Career plan: Biomedical engineering Parents: Carrie and Timothy Sorrells Influential educator: Jill McGonigle, math teacher ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Jacob A. Villiger School: Columbus East High School Hometown: Columbus Achievements: AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist, Eagle Scout, Ad Altare Dei religious emblem, Lance Newkirk Mathematics Award, National Spanish Exam gold medalist, valedictorian, Presidential Scholars candidate Activities: Academic Super Bowl, band, Indiana Math League, Boiler Tech challenge team, church altar server, greeter and brass choir member, youth ministry special events committee College plans: Undecided Career plan: Mechanical engineering Parents: Jennifer and Daniel Villiger Influential educator: Steve Hambling, science teacher Mitchell Turley School: Westfield High School Hometown: Westfield Achievements: Academic All-State (football), AP Scholar, Hoosier Boys State, Phi Beta Kappa, Eskew Mental Attitude Award, U.S. Army Reserve Student Athlete of the Year, Lacrosse Brine All-American Activities: Basketball, principal’s advisory council, FCA, Special Olympics volunteer, Student Impact leader, church café server, church middle school group leader, ultimate Frisbee club, mission trips College plans: MIT Career plan: Biochemical engineering Parents: Stacy and Patrick Turley Influential educator: Jacob Gilbert, government teacher and varsity football coach Clark Vaughn School: Madison Consolidated High School Hometown: Madison Achievements: Academic All-State (tennis), AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, All-State honorable mention (baseball) Activities: Basketball, Academic Super Bowl, newspaper, baseball camp counselor, Salvation Army bell ringer, youth basketball coach College plans: University of Chicago Career plan: Medicine Parents: Heather and Donnie Vaughn Influential educator: Lee Strassell, math teacher ONE GOOD IDEA CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. THE NEWS IS ALWAYS CHANGING. SO ARE WE. YOU CAN MAKE A DENT IN THE UNIVERSE. Congratulations to all of the 2014 Academic All-Stars & Regional winners. Best of luck in your college careers! DOWNLOAD, UPDATE OR VISIT US ONLINE TODAY. AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S11 ★ Dave Watt ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Laura Rasmussen Mrs. Rasmussen taught us lessons that transcended any one subject. I remember when she had us watch a TED talk about “power poses” as a way to pump ourselves up for the AP exam. When it came to the day of the exam, I remember seeing kids taking wide stances and throwing their shoulders back, just like we had been taught. Mrs. Rasmussen was a great person to talk to outside of class. She was a great listener whenever I needed to talk about college worries or anything else. Music blaring, students enter Mr. Watt’s AP U.S. history class, preparing for another infamous test. These exams are known to be the hardest in the school, yet students still take the class in order to have Mr. Watt as a teacher. Using stories from his days working at a steel mill, gas plant and welding company, he engages the class in discussion, challenging students to think critically. Beyond rote memorization, I developed a strong work ethic, a thankful attitude for the history of our nation and an ability to articulate my opinions. — Natalie Boone, Heritage Christian School — Mark Bode, Avon High School Lee Banitt I have never had a teacher who showed more enthusiasm and effort than my AP chemistry teacher, Mr. Banitt. The way he operated his classroom environment amazed and inspired me. When we had time to work on challenging problems in class, he would approach each student individually to see how he could help. Charity Coffman Mrs. Coffman was my French teacher for three years, but she advised and educated me in many more areas of life. She has led me into viewing the world through new eyes while not swaying me towards her own personal opinions and political convictions. I believe that she has done this because she honestly feels called not only to teaching, but educating students in a much broader sense. Never before have I met a person who has such a passion for bringing knowledge to young lives. Last summer, I took a trip to France and England with Mrs. Coffman and some fellow students. I learned that outside of the classroom she is the same caring, inspiring individual that I have admired for many years. — Nicholas Perkins, Zionsville Community High School Paula Boenigk In the theory of knowledge class, Ms. Boenigk presented the discussion of how the brain works. Through this class, she has taught us the importance of not simply accepting information as fact, but also analyzing multiple sources. This has been one of the most important aspects of my education, because the skills she has taught me do not simply apply to one subject. — Neil Reinke, Muncie Central High School — Mikhaila Hamilton, Benjamin Bosse High School For more all-star educators, see Page 13 ➤ Being is the best way to move the world We help students integrate classroom experiences RANKS EARLHAM fully present FORWARD. www.earlham.edu Earlham offers unusual opportunities for studentfaculty research, immersive off-campus study and collaborative learning. U.S. News & World Report 11 TH among national liberal arts colleges for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. with internships and other practical experiences, and we have invested $60 million in facilities and staff to bolster teaching and learning. congratulations BY THE 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS — to the teachers honored — S12 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ Region A Anna Bearss Rochester Community High School Influential educator: Maria Kelsay Derek Berkshire Caston Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Cari Butcher Katie Clemens Hebron High School Influential educator: Dan Pastrick Allison Cullers Bremen Senior High School Influential educator: Kathy Cullers Steven Gattman Concord High School Influential educator: Mike DuBois Isaac Godshalk LaVille Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Nathanael Sudduth Ashley Helfers Wawasee High School Influential educator: Hans Griepentrog Allyson Jenkins NorthWood High School Influential educator: Rita Harnish Ashlyn Twibell Mishawaka High School Influential educator: Caryn Ellison Thomas Yemc Jr. La Lumiere School Influential educator: Ken Andert ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Samantha McNew George Washington Community School Influential educator: Rhonda Jennings Leah Schiefer Speedway High School Influential educator: Ron Probst Casey Showalter Ben Davis University High School Influential educator: Betty Ray Regional Academic All-Star honorees Dillon Fernando Carroll High School Influential educator: Leslie Clark Adam Hanback Manchester Junior Senior High School Influential educator: Sue Gnagy Ryon Bridgewater Herin Clinton Central Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Barb Runyon Graham Ortmann Northwestern High School Influential educator: Susan Hollis Paige Schoonveld Clinton Prairie Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Shaun Wines Region E Ryan Chung South Vigo High School Influential educator: Aaron Warner Madison Foster Floyd Central High School Influential educator: Beth Fitzgerald Olivia Goebel North Posey High School Influential educator: Michael Wassmer Kyle Haas Mater Dei High School Influential educator: Shea Reneer Zachary Hughbanks Sullivan High School Influential educator: Lynn Norris Eric Klipsch Reitz Memorial High School Influential educator: Randy Hupfer Alexandria Land North Putnam High School Influential educator: Tyler Egli Mackenzie Moore New Albany High School Influential educator: Laura McGuirk Emily Rubin Cascade Senior High School Influential educator: Lori White Luke Upton Jasper High School Influential educator: Phil Tolbert Megan Williams North Knox Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Pamela Kixmiller Region C Garrett Craig Daleville Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Debby Bookout Abigail Gulde Rushville Consolidated High School Influential educator: Jeff McDaniel Abagail Jeavons Shelbyville High School Influential educator: Chris Lux Madi Kireta Franklin Community High School Influential educator: Rebecca Hart Rebekah Lawson Brownstown Central High School Influential educator: Stephanie Hackman Amanda Lin Bloomington High School South Influential educator: Kirstin Milks Alex Myers Winchester Community High School Influential educator: Shane Retter Austin Rayne Sams Centerville Senior High School Influential educator: Michelle Moore Julie Saucerman Monrovia High School Influential educator: Susan James Jack Zhang Center Grove High School Influential educator: Andrew Kominowski Region D Stephanie Asdell Roncalli High School Influential educator: Benjamin North Mikayla Burrell Lawrence Central High School Influential educator: Katie Legge Matthew Cinkoske Covenant Christian High School Influential educator: Kelly Williams John Francis Arsenal Technical High School Influential educator: Mari Garing Anna Francis Cardinal Ritter High School Influential educator: Roula Saidan Paul Jeffries International School of Indiana Influential educator: Sylvie Garner Michael Kennedy Scecina Memorial High School Influential educator: Austin Carrico Claire Lee Franklin Central High School Influential educator: Denise Kelso Region B Kristen Albrecht Crawfordsville High School Influential educator: Jenny Veatch Fred Durham Taylor High School Influential educator: Steve Dishon Emily Eckelbarger Northfield Junior/Senior High School Influential educator: Erin Sapusek AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S13 ★ Dan Perdun I got to know Mr. Perdun through my four years participating in the Carmel High School math club. Aside from becoming acquainted with his music choice and sense of humor, I have learned of his passion for math, especially with his commitment to helping others appreciate the beauty of the mathematics. He not only takes the time every week to open up his room as a haven for math club, but also hosts many students during Student Resource Time and after school to help them catch up. His dedication helped motivate me to found the DPY Math Contest, which is designed to inspire middle school students to pursue competitive mathematics. ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Sandra Burroughs Through music education, Mrs. Burroughs has transformed unmotivated kids into success stories by giving them something to believe in and work hard to achieve. We have learned to dance, sing and act in front of big crowds of our hometown fans. I love the way Mrs. Burroughs believes in all her students and pushes them to achieve greatness while teaching life lessons such as responsibility and humility. — Libby Moyer, Argos High School Kevin Williams My chemistry teacher, Mr. Williams, taught me something simple but important: to have fun while learning and to approach learning with an inquisitive, open mind. He taught me that having a positive attitude often leads to positive results. I learned not to be so focused on one career that I couldn’t consider or enjoy another. I plan on taking a passion for learning, a positive attitude and a willingness to explore a wide variety of academic subjects to college. Leave it to the chemist to give me a formula for potential academic success. — David Liang, Carmel High School Dale Nowlin With his calculus BC class, Mr. Nowlin holds “calculus parties” — before- and after-school sessions for students to do work, ask questions and get help. I once witnessed him working with students over two hours after school had ended, pressing forward until they fully understood the difficult material. Both inside and out of the classroom, Mr. Nowlin is able to explain the often treacherous subject extremely clearly and effectively, shown through the 97% passing rate for his students on the AP exam. — Matthew Gregory, Cathedral High School Jennifer Haan Mrs. Haan related well with each class and individual student, and it was clear to me how much she loved English, writing, reading and interacting with others – just as I did. I had never realized how my own familiar language had so many complexities, and every lesson she taught intrigued me. Although I was not the best fiction writer, I excelled with poems and informative essays because of her weekly conferences and constructive yet kind criticism. It is because of her passion that I wish to pursue a journalism or advertising career. For more all-star educators, see Page 15 ➤ — Tushar Chandra, Columbus North High School — Alaina Milazzo, Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School BUT THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE.” How will your education inspire your future? Ranked as one of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 top ten Best Value Schools and Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. “EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A PAIL, 36 majors, 39 minors, and 11 pre-professional programs 96% Average class size of 15 74 full-time teaching faculty, 0 teaching assistants 12:1 student to faculty ratio 100% of students complete at least two service learning experiences prior to graduation. 95% of Franklin graduates are employed or attending graduate school within 6 months of graduating. 50+ clubs and student organizations 100% of students complete at least one internship or research project before graduation www.FranklinCollege.edu S14 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ★ Milan Abraham Pike High School, Indianapolis Sarah Anderson Southwestern Middle/High School, Hanover Madi Ashman Delta High School, Muncie Emma Auterson West Vigo High School, Terre Haute Katie Bachert Morgan Township Middle/ High School, Valparaiso Brent Bales Norwell High School, Ossian Ryan Ball North White Jr./Sr. High School, Monon Hannah Banina Peru High School, Peru Kayla Barrett South Dearborn High School, Aurora Michaela Belcher Lebanon High School, Lebanon Ryan Bennett North Montgomery High School, Crawfordsville Jessica Bilskie F.J. Reitz High School, Evansville Alyssa Bluhm South Adams High School, Berne Maria Boehm Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City Mackenzie Boles Lapel Sr. High School, Lapel Connor Boone Shawe Memorial High School, Madison Lindsay Boussom Elkhart Christian Academy, Elkhart Amy Bowman Southwood Jr./Sr. High School, Wabash Julianne Boyle Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis Drew Brothers Washington High School, Washington Alex Brown Plainfield High School, Plainfield Jessica Bruder LaCrosse School, LaCrosse Joslyn Bucy Owen Valley High School, Spencer Jordan Cadle Paoli Jr./Sr. High School, Paoli Derik Caldwell Carroll Jr./Sr. High School, Flora Andre Calhoun John Marshall Community High School, Indianapolis Kimberly Carcamo South Newton High School, Kentland Rachel Carter Salem High School, Salem Cera Cissna Central High School, Evansville Kaelly Collins North Side High School, Fort Wayne Emily Cox Southmont Sr. High School, Crawfordsville Leah Crabb Twin Lakes High School, Monticello Erin Crone Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis Shelby Crum Turkey Run Jr./Sr. High School, Marshall Brett DeHart Indian Creek High School, Trafalgar Brett DeWitt Frankton Jr./Sr. High School, Frankton Megan Dixon Castle High School, Newburgh Craig Doty Monroe Jr./Sr. High School, Alexandria Sidney Dunn Fremont High School, Fremont Eamon Eccles Shakamak Jr./Sr. High School, Jasonville Hannah Elder Clarksville Senior High School, Clarksville Samantha Feistritzer Wapahani High School, Selma ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ Glory Forrest Rockville Jr./Sr. High School, Rockville Michael Forthofer Waldron Jr./Sr. High School, Waldron Lindsay French Northrop High School, Fort Wayne Darcie Jo Fritz Clay City Jr./Sr. High School, Clay City Kirsten M. Furnish Switzerland County High School, Vevay Hannah Gellman Greencastle High School, Greencastle Sara Gerstbauer Achieve Virtual Education Academy, Indianapolis Katlyn Gibson West Washington Jr./Sr. High School, Campbellsburg Grant Gish New Palestine High School, New Palestine Derek Gloudemans Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne Isaac Gluesenkamp Brown County High School, Nashville Anna Goodman McCutcheon High School, Lafayette Emma Graber Loogootee High School, Loogootee Jessica Griggs Jefferson High School, Lafayette Sam Hagen West Noble High School, Ligonier Jackie Harris Mooresville High School, Mooresville Myranda Harris Merrillville High School, Merrillville Christopher Hastings Warsaw Community High School, Warsaw Kinzer Havill Princeton Community High School, Princeton Natalie Hawken Homestead High School, Fort Wayne Indiana Academic All-Star nominees Hannah Hayden Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School, Thorntown Joowon Lee Western High School, Russiaville Kevin Lema Whiting High School, Whiting Joe Lemma Noblesville High School, Noblesville Austin Linne Perry Central Jr./Sr. High School, Leopold Cassandra Lomont Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, Woodburn Spencer Lulling Snider High School, Fort Wayne Carlos Luna Thomas A. Edison Jr./Sr. High School, Lake Station Melanie Magdun Hamilton Heights High School, Arcadia Caeli Malloy Southport High School, Indianapolis Brennan Malone Tell City Junior Senior High School, Tell City Kyle Manion Cloverdale High School, Cloverdale Marshawn Manuel Calumet New Tech High School, Gary Elyse Massey New Tech Institute, Evansville Molly McCord Blue River Valley Jr./Sr. High School, Mount Summit Katelyn McHugh South Putnam Middle/High School, Greencastle Travis McKim New Washington Middle/ High School, New Washington Katrina Messmer Northeast Dubois High School, Dubois Jake Metzman University High School, Carmel Jennifer Mobley Lakeland High School, LaGrange Trenton Moorhead South Ripley High School, Versailles Adam Hoehn Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon Claire Holenbrink Eastern Jr./Sr. High School, Greentown Zach Hootman Lutheran High School, Indianapolis Tessa Horan Indiana Academy for Science, Math and Humanities, Muncie Bryer Houston Delphi Community High School, Delphi Lauren Howser Scottsburg High School, Scottsburg Samuel Hua New Castle High School, New Castle Tiffany Hunsinger Knightstown Community High School, Knightstown Brianna Jacobi Our Lady of Providence High School, Clarksville Cole Jacobson John Glenn High School, Walkerton Davis Jeffries South Spencer High School, Rockport Jonathon Kane East Noble High School, Kendallville Kylee Karczewski Washington High School, South Bend Maggie Kitt Churubusco Jr./Sr. High School, Churubusco Jacob Knueven East Central High School, St. Leon Kent Kohart Angola High School, Angola Megan LaGrange Washington Catholic Middle/High School, Washington Mia Leatherman Lake Central High School, St. John Kristie LeBeau Tri-County Middle/Senior High School, Wolcott ★ Zane Shreve Jay County High School, Portland Steven Siade James Whitcomb Riley High School, South Bend Paje Smiley South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School, Greensburg Shakur Smith Shortridge Law and Public Policy Magnet, Indianapolis Dakota Sneed Edinburgh Community High School, Edinburgh Savanna Spice Eastern Greene High School, Bloomfield Lindsey Stamper Mount Vernon High School, Fortville Andrew Stark Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis Matthew Staton Kankakee Valley High School, Wheatfield Elane Stephenson Pendleton Heights High School, Pendleton Shane Stiner Northeastern Jr./Sr. High School, Fountain City Joshua Streveler Bluffton High School, Bluffton Katherine Sullivan Washington Township Middle/High School, Valparaiso Chelsea Suppinger Saint Joseph High School, South Bend Nathan Sutaphong Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne Hannah Swafford Union County High School, Liberty Morgan Swanson South Central Jr./Sr. High School, Union Mills Michael Taft Herron High School, Indianapolis Kristin Tague Attica Jr./Sr. High School, Attica Peter Tang Evansville Day School, Evansville Southwestern Jr./Sr. High School, Shelbyville Catherine Morgan Whiteland Community High School, Whiteland Elizabeth Nellis Perry Meridian High School, Indianapolis Elisha North Muncie Southside High School, Muncie Haley Temple Kelsey Thomas Knox Community High School, Knox Southridge High School, Huntingburg Whitko High School, South Whitley Plymouth High School, Plymouth Cody Thompson Anna Oakes Hagerstown Jr./Sr. High School, Hagerstown Adriana Olivas Frankfort Sr. High School, Frankfort Darby Overton Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School, Parker City Turner Perkins Danville Community High School, Danville Kathryn Peterson Triton Central High School, Fairland Joe Pich Beech Grove High School, Beech Grove Grant Potts North Vigo High School, Terre Haute April Quintana Goshen High School, Goshen Daniel Romary New Haven High School, New Haven Boone Rose Sheridan High School, Sheridan Andy Ross Orleans Jr./Sr. High School, Orleans Matthew Rust Greensburg Community High School, Greensburg Emily Sands Northview High School, Brazil Deepan Saravanan Batesville High School, Batesville Abbigayle Schmidt Lawrenceburg High School, Lawrenceburg Stephanie Schneck Martinsville High School, Martinsville Rebecca Seligman Munster High School, Munster Hannah Shoaf Hauser Jr./Sr. High School, Hope Michael Thompson Travis A. Tredway Adrianne Trennepohl Shenandoah High School, Middletown Decatur Central High School, Indianapolis West Central High School, Francesville Fairfield Junior Senior High School, Goshen Elwood Community High School, Elwood Jac-Cen-Del Jr./Sr. High School, Osgood White River Valley Jr./Sr. High School, Switz City North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School, Greensburg Boonville High School, Boonville Morton Senior High School, Hammond North Newton Jr./Sr. High School, Morocco Michaela Trent Courtney Troxel Megan Ulrich Dakin Updegraff Austin Wagner Jenny Wagner Anna Wallpe Sonya Walters Zachary Ward Taylor Watkins Maggie White Austin High School, Austin Jonah Woods Jennings County High School, North Vernon Fountain Central Jr./Sr. High School, Veedersburg Tri-Central Middle/Sr. High School, Sharpsville Cassandra Yager Courtney Zickmund AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 • S15 ★ Steve Hambling ★ 2014 ACADEMIC ALL-STARS ★ ★ Miles Lubben Always eager to help students, Mr. Lubben was easily my most enthusiastic teacher and, as I would find later, my most influential one. His passion for physics showed in every lecture he gave, and in his class I finally learned what it meant to understand. In the beginning of the semester, I had a hard time. Looking back, I realize that my problems came from my etched-in mindset of memorizing formulas rather than taking the time to learn why the formulas worked. This mentality would get me nowhere in the scientific field. Mr. Lubben taught differently; rather than simply giving us equations to regurgitate on exams, he meticulously covered the concepts. The class was hard, but in the best way. Mr. Lubben really challenged his students to think beyond numbers and equations, and he taught us how to think like true scientists. Mr. Hambling always did a great job explaining the various topics we learned about, and whenever I wanted to better understand the nuances of some complex concept, he was always willing to have a discussion with me after class so we could clear up any confusion. He and his wife had so many impressive demonstrations during their lectures that really made our lessons seem interesting. I learned a lot from Mr. Hambling, and with his laid-back but helpful attitude, his class was really enjoyable. Now, because of my great experience in Mr. Hambling’s physics class, I am taking an advanced physics course this year, which has been a blast. I’ll never forget Mr. Hambling’s impeccable job teaching physics, which first made me love the subject. — Jacob Villiger, Columbus East High School — Sarah Cai, West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School Tammy Clemons Years after my experience in Mrs. Clemons’ fourth-grade classroom, I can still recall the encouraging words she continually spoke to me. Even at the young age of 9, I learned the precious value of hard work. She continually challenged me to do more, learn more, say more and believe more about myself as an individual. I can specifically remember days when Mrs. Clemons would give me my new Accelerated Reader goal, a program my school used to encourage reading. Week after week, my AR goals became increasingly difficult, and week after week Mrs. Clemons taught me that I could go one step further. Mrs. Clemons left a great legacy in my heart—a constant dissatisfaction with mediocrity and a deep desire for true success. Dave McDivitt Mr. McDivitt was my AP world history teacher my sophomore year. He not only taught me many school-related skills, but he also gave me many life lessons. At the start of the year, Mr. McDivitt outlined many of the daunting tasks that would be accomplished by the end of the year. To allay our fears, he would start off most Mondays with a pep talk concerning the necessity of perseverance. Besides encouraging growth in my learning, the depth of his historical knowledge is remarkable. Mr. McDivitt made history come alive with his words. His class pushed me to become a better student and a better person. — Nancy Dalton, Eastern High School — Kelsey Owings, Oak Hill High School S16 • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR STS.B. KBAY.STS.B. KBAY. Congratulations to the 2014 Indiana Academic All-Stars! These individuals are shining examples of the outstanding students involved in the Indiana Association of School Principals Department of Student Programs. We salute your accomplishments! For over 38,000 Indiana students each year, learning extends beyond the school day and the walls of the classroom, thanks to IASP’s student programs. Whether participating in an IASP sponsored student legislative activity, cheerleading competition, essay contest, or academic competition, K-12 students are beneﬁting from programs designed to enhance learning. For more information, visit www.iasp.org and look for the Student Programs links