STATEHOUSE - Our young Hoosier athletes have plenty of awards for their successes. Our academic all-stars deserve the same.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Hoosier High School Math and Science Awards. The awards were created last year to honor Indiana's top science and math students.
"I love athletics, but I also realize Indiana must nurture an attitude of academic excellence that's just as strong as the desire for a conference or tournament championship," said Rep. Matt Lehman (D-Berne). "Math and science skills are tickets to a bright future, and these awards offer an incentive to succeed and recognition for that success."
All Indiana high school students are eligible to receive the award, and nominations may come from teachers, principals and other school staff as well as from the students.
. SAT, ACT and advanced placement scores.
. Math- and science-related awards and prizes.
. Grades received in math and science courses.
Applications are available online at https://secure.in.gov/apps/mathscienceawards. The deadline to apply is March 8, and winners will be announced before the end of the school year.
Winners will be selected by a committee of high school math and science teachers, curriculum experts from the Indiana Department of Education, and representatives of the governor's office. Each winner also will receive a $2,000 academic scholarship from McGraw-Hill Education.
"Math and science skills are skills for success and keys for the future," said Rep. Lehman. "District 79 no doubt has plenty of bright young people who would be worthy candidates for the title of Mr. or Miss Science or Math."