The Illinois High School Association has announced that senior tennis and softball player Taylor Arends is among the 26 individuals who were selected to the 2014-15 IHSA All-State Academic Team.
From the announcement on the Illinois High School Association website:
Illinois High School Association Assistant Executive Director Stacey Lambert announced the 26 individuals who were selected to the 2014-15 IHSA All-State Academic Team...on February 17, 2015: "This group is the best of the best,” said 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."
Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student to be a part of the prestigious team. 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 activities during each of the last two years of high school and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.
The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, athletic directors and activities directors. 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.