A Fredonia High School senior has been named to Business First's 2012 All-Western New York Academic Team.
Noah Rankin (First Team) has qualified for this year's list of the 100 most outstanding high school seniors in the eight-county region.
Winners were chosen for their records of academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement. The top 25 were named to the First Team, 25 runners-up to the Second Team, and another 50 to the Special Mention list.
Noah Rankin (left) and Fredonia High School Principal Todd Crandall.
"This is an extremely difficult honor to win," said Jack Connors, president and publisher of Business First. ''The Academic Team is extraordinarily exclusive. There are roughly 20,000 seniors in Western New York's high schools, and we've selected only 100 for this year's Academic Team. That's the top one-half of one percent, the best and brightest students anywhere in our region."
Schools throughout the eight-county area were asked to nominate their smartest and most accomplished students for consideration by a nine-member committee, which included seven admissions directors at area colleges and two Business First editors. A total of 117 schools responded with 415 nominees. (Each school was limited to four candidates.)
The complete list of 100 honorees, along with their photos and profiles, will be published in Business First's 2012-2013 Guide to Western New York Schools, which will hit newsstands on June 15.
A story about the Academic Team program, including a database of the past four years' winners, can be accessed at: tinyurl.com/20llateam.