Geneseo's Emily Ford and Alleman's Connor Whan were named to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic team on Monday. The list consists of 13 female and 13 male honorees selected from a pool of more than 450 students throughout the state.|
Each school is invited to nominate one male and one female student. Nominees must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, participate in at least two IHSA-sponsored sports or activities during the last two years and demonstrate outstanding citizenship.
Ford participates in track, basketball and cross country. She is a three-time Class 2A track state medalist and has qualified for the Class 2A state cross country meet. As a freshman, she helped the Maple Leafs to a fourth-place finish at the state cross country meet.
Whan has helped the Pioneers advance to state championship games in both baseball and football. He started at shortstop and batted leadoff in the Class 2A baseball state championship game last June and started on offense, defense and special teams in the Class 4A football state championship game in November.
Making the list as a honorable mention were Rockridge's Sydney Kilcoin and Mercer County's Logan Snyder.
The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals and representatives of both the Illinois Activities Directors Association and the Illinois Athletic Directors Association. One male winner and one female winner from each of the seven IHSA divisions were selected initially, and the final 12 spots on the team were then rounded out with at-large candidates from any division in the state.