Many suburban high schools no longer assign class rankings to their graduating seniors, but the students at the top are easy to spot -- not only do they perform well academically, they see a world beyond grades and personal achievement.
Today's Daily Herald Academic Team celebrates these teens for their extraordinary achievements in high school and for the promise of extraordinary lives ahead. They each charge themselves with making the world a better place, through hard work, passion and vision.
The annual Daily Herald Academic Team highlights the best of the best. Each high school, public and private, can nominate only two students for this honor. They have to make their case -- each nominee's grades and coursework for 7 semesters are examined, their extracurricular activities and awards and honors are scrutinized.
As well, each student writes a one-page essay describing what their academic achievement means to them, what they've learned along the way and what they want to do with their lives. Their sponsors write a letter of recommendation explaining, from an adult point of view, what they see in these students that makes them stand out.
At the end of this rigorous process, judges in the education field make their selections.
In today's Neighbor you'll see the teens named to the team and the honorable mentions. To read about the teens named to all four regional teams and the honorable mentions, visit www.dailyherald.com.
Anyone who worries about the future of our planet is guaranteed to feel a little bit better.