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Math and science lead valedictorian to engineering studies

2014-05-14T00:00:00Z 2014-05-15T20:43:14Z Math and science lead valedictorian to engineering studiesKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
May 14, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Before heading to college this fall, Andrew Clark has been recognized as an outstanding high school student by the Lansing Rotary Club, which named him a Student of the Month for March.

Clark, a Hammond resident, is a senior at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing. He maintains a 4.4 grade point average  on a scale of 4.4 due to weighted grades and was recently named the school's valedictorian.

“It is definitely a goal that I have worked for, and I am happy to have achieved it,” he said of his No. 1 academic rankling..

A member of the Pep and Jazz bands at Illiana, the teen was also named “Mr. Illiana,” akin to homecoming king. He excels in mathematics and science classes, and will participate in state level competition in May with the school’s math team.

The son of James and Lori Clark, Clark plans to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette or Calvin College to study engineering.

“I’m looking into either civil or mechanical engineering," he said. "I would love to find a job where I can spend every day designing and building new and exciting things, whether it’s bridges, buildings, or cars,” he said.

“God has gifted me in math and science, so plenty of people believe that engineering is a great fit for me.”

Clark is a member of Faith Church in Highland and enjoys volunteering with the youth group on out of state trips. He is employed as a sales clerk at Walgreens and enjoys biking, golfing and reading.

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