|"This group is the best of the best," said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert. "They embody the IHSA's mission, excelling in the classroom, in addition to the multiple sports and activities that they participate in. It really is an accomplishment just to be nominated for this award, and I hope the schools and communities that had winners are as proud of this accomplishment as we are to have these young people represent the IHSA."|
|Christopher Hartrich has been in honors classes for 4 years, Spanish for 4 years, AP Government his junior year and AP Comp during his senior year. Chris was a key member of Marquette's state championship soccer team and is a key member of the #5 state-ranked boys basketball team that is now 24-3. Most importantly, he has a current GPA of 4.4 and earned a 25 on his ACT. Chris lettered all 4 years in soccer and basketball while serving as captain of each team during his senior year. He will be entering the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana next fall with 24.5 college credit hours and plans to major in Financial Planning.|
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced the 26 students who have been selected to the 2018-19 All-State Academic Team sponsored by Caterpillar. This award was established to honor high school students exemplify teamwork in competition as well as excel in the classroom. The 13 male and 13 female honorees of the IHSA’s top academic honor were chosen from hundreds of students throughout the state.
Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student. 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.
The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, representatives of the Illinois Activities Directors Association and representatives of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association. One male winner and one female winner from each of the seven IHSA Board of Directors Divisions were selected initially, while the final 12 spots on the team were then rounded out with at-large candidates from anywhere in the state.-IHSA.org