Forty high school seniors from throughout Indiana have been named 2020 Indiana Academic All-Stars, a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). In addition, 50 other students were recognized as Academic All-Star Regional Honorees, including Evansville Day School’s Neha Bhasin. The students were selected from a field of 280 outstanding 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 DePauw University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University, along with corporate partner Herff Jones.
The IASP Indiana Academic All-Stars program salutes academic excellence in the same manner that student athletes traditionally are honored. By providing a showcase for academically talented seniors, the sponsoring organizations hope to accomplish the following objectives:
- Give academic achievement the prestige it deserves;
- Motivate students to recognize the value of academic excellence;
- Provide students with an incentive for academic achievement, and
- Promote a positive image of Indiana’s young people.
Selection of the school’s nominee is based upon the following considerations:
A mathematical formula that combines the SAT or ACT composite score and the seven-semester grade-point average; and Academic achievements and honors, academic courses and academic extracurricular activities. Other extracurricular activities, community service and leadership qualities.
Evansville Day School’s College Counselor, Corrie Sarol, nominated Neha Bhasin for this honor based on her excellence both in and outside the classroom. “Neha understands that a strong education is interdisciplinary and has sought challenges in all subjects at our school, proving herself as a sharp mind and someone unafraid of reaching out of her comfort zone. I think this fearlessness is one quality her classmates admire about her so much.” Sarol continues, “I feel certain that this is one reason why her peers just elected her to be our student body president this year and why she is such an asset to National Honor Society, Global Language National Honor Society, and Key Club, all organizations for which she has heavily volunteered to help the school and community.”
Evansville Day School is extremely proud of Neha and all that she has accomplished and contributed to the betterment of the school during her time at EDS. We know she has a bright future ahead, and being recognized as a 2020 Indiana Regional Academic All-Star only further acknowledges her limitless potential.