For 22 years the Indianapolis Star has sponsored The Academic All Stars. Every accredited high school in Indiana is invited to submit one entry based on students’ SAT/ACT scores, grade point average, academic courses, academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community service and leadership.


• This year Joseph Crouch was selected as one of 40 Academic All Stars in the State. This well-rounded young man has starred in many of Bishop Luers High School’s plays. He pitches for Luers’ undefeated baseball team, was the captain of the math Academic Super Bowl team (and led that team to 3rd in the State in 2007.) Joe is the treasurer of the National Honor Society and was an all SAC Honorable Mention player in soccer. He has been accepted at the University of Notre Dame and is wait-listed at Princeton and Harvard. Joe plans to major in math. Congratulations to him and his parents Randy and Julie Crouch.

• On the evening of April 14, senior Mandi Lazzaro played the Timpani in the Spring Concert of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony. The Symphony performed Hummel’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor, Op. 85. and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64.  With over 60 members, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony is open to all qualified instrumentalists from the greater Fort Wayne area who have not graduated from high school. Members are selected annually by audition in May. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony provides an in-depth study and experience of orchestral repertoire for talented young musicians, sectional coaching by Philharmonic musicians, an annual Concerto Competition, and Senior YSO Award Scholarships. Co-sponsored by Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and the Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony is directed by Associate Conductor Bradley Thachuk.

• Elizabeth Clinger has earned the coveted Lilly Scholarship. This award pays full tuition, required fees, and a stipend of $800 per year for required books and needs for four consecutive years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central association of Colleges and Schools. At Bishop Luers High School, Elizabeth is student body president, and president of the National Honor Society. She is the Sergeant at Arms of Key Club, a peer minister, a student ambassador, and a freshman mentor. Elizabeth has participated in every play (12 of them) that the school has presented during her tenure at Luers. Elizabeth plans to attend Purdue University and major in Event Planning or Marketing.

• Andrea Allphin and Joseph Crouch were the recipients of the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Mathematics awards.
The future looks bright with students like these leading the way! The members of ICTM and Bishop Luers High School are very proud of their efforts!

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