ROCKTON (WIFR) -- On February 23, 2014, Sam Collins was named to the 2014 Illinois High School Association’s All-State Academic Team. Sam is one of 26 students who have been selected to the 2013-14 All-State Academic Team sponsored by Caterpillar. The 13 male and 13 female honorees of the IHSA’s top academic honor were chosen from a group that included over 450 students throughout the state. Sam is the second Hononegah student in the past eight years to receive this award.
“This is a tremendous honor and I hope every student who was nominated takes a great deal of pride in all that they have accomplished,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “These students are the embodiment of what it means to take advantage of the entire high school experience. I am thankful to Caterpillar for providing the All-State Academic Team platform to honor and congratulate them.”
Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student by the February deadline. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on 4.0 scale after their 7th semester, have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years and demonstrated outstanding citizenship during his/her high school career.
Sam’s perfect score of 36 on his ACT and his current GPA of 4.917 ranks him first in his graduating class of 524 students. He is the team captain in both track and soccer, has been a member of our Scholastic Bowl since 2010, a member of the WYSE team, and part of the Math Club. He was a NIC-10 scholar athlete for the 2012-2013 season.
Sam will be honored for this accomplishment at the All-State Academic Banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington on April 21, 2014. Hononegah would like to congratulate Sam on this tremendous honor.