February 2021 News

Indiana Academy Spring Break Update

Friday, February 26, 2021

Dear Indiana Academy Students and Families:

Ball State University is not having a spring break this year, but both the Indiana Academy and Burris will have a spring break. Academy students living on campus will move out of the residence hall on Friday, March 5, and return to the residence hall on Sunday, March 14. Additional information on moving out is forthcoming from Paul Douglas, Director of Residential and Student Affairs.

The following requirements must be met before students can return to the residence hall on March 14.

  1. All students returning to campus, including non-residential students, must complete a COVID-19 self-certification form. This form will be similar to the one students completed before moving into the residence hall in August. Instructions for this will be sent next week.
  2. Students who travel outside of Indiana during spring break must submit a COVID-19 test before returning to the residence hall. Instructions on submitting a COVID-19 test will be sent next week.

Additional quarantine restrictions are in place for students who travel out of the country during spring break. If you are traveling outside of the U.S., please contact me (see contact information in signature) ASAP to discuss these restrictions.

Students who remain in Indiana may get a COVID-19 test before returning to the Academy, but this is not a requirement.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to communicate with our community any further pandemic issues or decisions that have implications for our students, faculty/staff, and families as they become available. For more information about COVID-19, please visit our website.

Dain Kavars
He/Him/His (What is This?)
Interim Executive Director
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-8126


Academy Swimmer Headed to State Finals

Monday, February 22, 2021

See more pictures and a complete story at the Star Press.

Academy junior Justin Xia has qualified for his second straight state final in swimming, after breaking the Burris school record in the 100-yard butterfly, set by former Olympian Larry Schulhof in 1961. Justin spoke with Mr. Schulhof before Saturday’s Jay County sectional, and Mr. Schulhof told Justin that he wanted him to break his record of 54.7 seconds.

Justin swam the 100 in a new Burris-record time of 54.55 seconds, finishing third in the event. He then won the sectional championship in the 100 breaststroke, with a new sectional, school and pool record time of 58.60 seconds.

The State Final preliminary rounds will be Friday, February 26, at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, and the championships will be Saturday, February 27.


2021 Presidential Scholars

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Congratulations to Zahra Nasir and Shivali Singireddy, who have been named candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars.


2021 National Merit Finalists

Thursday, February 11, 2021

All seven of the seniors who were named Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship competition in September have advanced to Finalist standing.

Congratulations to Keeran Abraham, Bryce Berger, Etoile Boots, Duncan Hollandbeck, Zahra Nasir, Robert Sammelson, and Shivali Singireddy!


Congratulations to Indiana Academy Swim and Dive Athletes!

Monday, January 11, 2021

A big congratulations to the Burris Owls boys and girls swim and dive teams for sweeping the Pioneer Conference Championships this past weekend. The Indiana Academy played a big role in this success with 15 Academy athletes participating on the teams.

Academy junior Justin Xia set the boys conference record in the 50-yd freestyle and the 100-yd butterfly. The girls 200-yd freestyle relay team set a conference record, assisted by Academy junior Karena Wang and Academy senior Edie Ferguson. The girls 400-yd freestyle relay team was beat out by just 0.14 seconds but topped the previous conference record. This team was assisted by Academy juniors Karena Wang, Sophia Lotzow, and Jasmine Cai.

Overall, the Burris Owls won 10 of 24 events. The following Academy students won their events:

Karena Wang – 100-yd freestyle
Jocelyn Mercier – 1 meter diving
Girls Team – 200 Medley Relay
Girls Team – 200 Freestyle Relay

Justin Xia – 50-yd freestyle
Justin Xia – 100-yd butterfly
Boys Team – 200 Medley Relay
Boys Team – 200 Freestyle Relay

A fantastic job by all Burris and Academy swim and dive athletes this weekend!


Indiana Academy Return to School Date Change

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Dear Indiana Academy Community:

We are excited to see students return to classes virtually this week after the winter break. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to accelerate its pace in Indiana and across the nation, requiring us to continue to make decisions that keep the safety and welfare of our community at the forefront. Much of Indiana currently has a Weekly 2-Metric Score of “Red”, the highest COVID-19 advisory level. This means the number of positive COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate are both very high.

The first extended weekend of the semester is two weeks after students are set to return to the residence hall. Given the high COVID-19 numbers and the necessity for all students to move out of the residence hall on an extended weekend, we have decided to extend virtual learning for two additional weeks. The extended weekend will remain on the calendar with no virtual classes scheduled on Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2. Students will return to the residence hall on Tuesday, February 2.

The requirement to submit a COVID-19 test dated no more than 7 days before returning to campus remains in place. Reminders and instructions on submitting a COVID-19 test will be sent out the week of January 18-22. Move-in procedures will be sent out a week before February 2.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to evaluate the data and make decisions. We all want Academy students back and learning in-person, but the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. We will continue to communicate with our community any further pandemic issues or decisions that have implications for our students, faculty/staff, and families as they become available. For more information about COVID-19, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about academics, please contact Dr. Jeff Smith, Director of Academic Affairs at 765-285-4136 ().

If you have any questions about the residence hall, please contact Mr. Paul Douglas, Director of Residential and Student Affairs at 765-285-8127 ().

For all other questions, please contact Dr. Dain Kavars, Interim Executive Director at 765-285-8126 ().

Sincerely,

Dain Kavars
He/Him/His (What is This?)
Interim Executive Director
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-8126