Best & Brightest 2022: Highlighting Central New York’s High School Seniors

Thank you for your interest in submitting an application for the 2022 Best & Brightest Awards.

Please complete all fields below to the best of your ability. Applications will be accepted now through October 5th.

All winners will be asked to attend awards presentation on Wednesday, October 26th in Syracuse.

Thank you and good luck!


Best & Brightest 2022

Application to be considered for 2022 Best & Brightest Award.

  • General Information

  • mm/dd/yyyy
  • (xxx) xxx-xxxxx
  • You must enter a valid email address during the application process.
  • Please specify if parent or guardian
  • Must be a Section 3 District (see below for rules and regulations for list of eligible districts)
  • (xxx) xxx-xxxx
  • School & Community Involvement

  • ActivityGrade When Participated (9, 10, 11, 12)Time Spent (Hours / week, Weeks / year, etc.)Your Role (positions held, honors presented or letters earned) 
    Please list your extracurricular, community, volunteer and family activities and interest in order of their importance to you. Include specific events and/or major accomplishments.
  • Academic Achievements

  • Super scores also accepted
  • Work Experience

  • Specific Nature of WorkEmployerDates of EmploymentNumber of Hours / Week 
  • Other Honors, Awards and Acknowledgements

  • Personal Narrative

  • Future Plans

  • Recommendations

    Two recommendations are required for this application. We would like all recommendations in by October 11th (note: in order for your application to be eligible, we must receive your recommendations by October 15th). Recommendations can be uploaded using the below form OR emailed directly to Jen Queri at with the subject "Best & Brightest Recommendation" The letter of recommendation should be: 1) One recommendation should be from a teacher, coach, counselor or principal at your school. 2) The second recommendation should be someone outside of school (not a relative or a peer). 3) Each recommendation should be 300 words or fewer TIP: Select a recommendation writer that knows you well and can provide meaningful insights about you, your activities and your character. TO THOSE WRITING RECOMMENDATIONS In your letter state how long you have known the applicant and in what context. Discuss the Student’s contribution to his/her school and community, intellectual promise, ability to overcome obstacles, leadership potential, special talents and enthusiasm. List your title, address, email address and phone numbers on the letter. Excerpts from recommendations may be published.
  • First and Last Name
  • (xxx) xxx - xxxx
  • Max. file size: 30 MB.
    Please upload your letter of recommendation
  • First and Last Name
  • (xxx) xxx - xxxx
  • Max. file size: 30 MB.
    Please upload your letter of recommendation
  • Required Signatures

    I verify that all the information I have provided is accurate, and I CONSENT TO THE PUBLICATION OF ANY INFORMATION IN THIS APPLICATION. I agree to have my photo taken by a The Post-Standard | photographer and published by The Post-Standard | news.