Excellence in Academics

IASP Crowns Thomas Academic All-Star

Thomas, who will graduate with 71 dual credits, is third consecutive Blazer to earn prestigious honor

No one can accuse Alyse Thomas of experiencing senioritis.


In January, Thomas learned she was a recipient of the Chick Evans Scholarship, a full tuition-plus-housing award to the college of her choice. Marquette Catholic High School revealed in February that she will serve as the Class of 2024’s valedictorian after emerging with the highest cumulative grade-point average through seven semesters.


Yesterday, Thomas was one of 40 students from a field of 281 nominees across the state to be elected an Academic All-Star by the Indiana Association of School Principals. She was recognized during a luncheon program in Indianapolis alongside principal Katie Collignon and dual-credit business instructor and DECA sponsor, Colleen Meyer.

“It was a great experience to be able to attend the Indiana All-Star ceremony along with Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Collignon. I’m very grateful to have been nominated for this position and even more honored to have been awarded this prestigious achievement,” said Thomas.

The IASP Indiana Academic All-Stars program salutes academic excellence while motivating and promoting Indiana’s young people. The criteria to be an Academic All-Star include academic achievements and honors, academic courses and extracurricular activities, community service, leadership qualities, and successful completion of Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Advanced College Placement courses.

She accrued a 4.58 cumulative GPA by the conclusion of the 2023 fall semester. Thomas’s ambitious academic prowess projects to net the senior 71 dual credits by the end of her high school career. 

Thomas is the third consecutive Blazer to earn the IASP distinction, following Ava ’22 and Jacob Zientarski ’23. 

“Alyse has strived for excellence in everything while at Marquette. She embraced the challenge of excelling in multiple dual-credit courses each semester while carrying full extracurricular and Evans Scholarship responsibilities. Alyse is most deserving of the Academic All-Star title,” principal Katie Collignon remarked.

Thomas plans to attend Purdue University West Lafayette in the fall.