Rossville senior Megan Wilson was among the 40 high school students recently named a 2021 Indiana Academic All-Star by the Indiana Association of School Principals. Fifty other students were recognized as Academic All-Star Regional Honorees. The students were selected from a field of 270 nominees from the state’s private and public accredited schools.

According to a press release sent by the IASP, 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.

Each public and private high school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education may nominate one senior for consideration as an Indiana Academic All-Star. From these nominees, a selection committee chose the Regional winners (representing five regions in Indiana) and the 40 Indiana Academic All-Stars. Selection of the school’s nominee is based upon the following considerations:

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.

Rossville Jr./Sr. High School Principal Terry Thompson says that Wilson will be honored during the school’s Top Ten Dinner and again on Awards Day. The statewide luncheon honoring Indiana Academic All Stars and their guests will not be held this year due to safety and health precautions.

Wilson said she was really excited to learn that she was selected as an Indiana Academic All-Star.

“When I was nominated, I didn’t realize I would be one of 40 if I got it,” she said. “It was a cool surprise. I didn’t know that not many Rossville students had gotten it, so I was surprised.”

Wilson is Rossville’s third Indiana Academic All-Star in the 35-year history of the program, following Nolan Anderson (2017) and Nathan Miller (2002).

“We are very proud of her,” said Joel Wilson, Megan’s father and a Science teacher at Rossville. “We knew that she was nominated and didn’t know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. Her hard work is paying off. We appreciate Mr. Thompson nominating her for us.”

“I was really, really proud of her and how hard she has worked, the dedication to her academics and how hard-working she has been,” said Megan’s mother, Carleigh Wilson.

Joel Wilson was 2017 Indianan Academic All-Star Nolan Anderson’s soccer coach at Rossville.

“He is actually one of my current assistant coaches,” Joel Wilson said. “That was exciting to see that he was one of them, and Megan is keeping it going for the Rossville students.”

Megan, currently the projected Valedictorian of the Class of 2021 at Rossville High School, is a member of the choir, Sophisticated Ladies, and a member of the cross-country and track teams. She plans to attend Cedarville University in Ohio where she will run for the cross-country team while studying Industrial Innovative Design.

“It covers product design, transportation design, and interior and exterior design,” Wilson said of her planned major. “That really interests me, building spaces. The interior design would be a main focus. I like art and have some creative talents. It is cool to combine those artistic and creative talents with science and math.”

Wilson received the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Success at Cedarville University.

When asked who her most-influential educator was, Megan singled out Brian Wenzel, a third-year teacher at Rossville.

“He is my calculus teacher this year,” Wilson said. “He always comes into class bright and happy. His classes are always fun, and he makes it easy to understand. Just how passionate he is about teaching and math inspires me.”