La Lumiere Senior Shubhra Murarka Named Indiana Academic All-Star

May 30, 2012


La Lumiere School is thrilled to announce Shubhra Murarka, a Senior, is among the forty high school seniors from throughout Indiana named 2012 Indianapolis Star Indiana Academic All-Stars. The students were honored at a luncheon Wednesday, April 11, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. The students were selected from a field of 224 outstanding nominees from the state’s accredited schools.
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 Indianapolis Star and the Indiana Association of School Principals.
Each nominated student submits an essay recognizing his or her most influential educator. Murarka identified Mr. Ken Andert, her Physics and Calculus teacher, as the greatest influence on her high school career.
The Indianapolis Star 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.

Each accredited public and private high school may nominate one senior for consideration as an Indianapolis Star Indiana Academic All-Star. From these nominees, a selection committee chose the Regional Winners (representing five regions in Indiana) and the 40 All-Stars.
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.

The same formula and considerations are then used to select the 40 All-Stars.


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