Best & Brightest 2021: Highlighting Central New York’s High School Seniors

Thank you for your interest in submitting an application for the 2021 Best & Brightest Awards. 

Please complete all fields below to the best of your ability.  Applications will be accepted now through September 12th.

We will notify all winners by October 1st.  All winners will be expected to attend a virtual and/or awards presentation on October 15th in Syracuse.

Thank you and good luck!

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Best & Brightest 2021

Application to be considered for 2021 Best & Brightest Award.
  • General Information

  • mm/dd/yyyy
  • (xxx) xxx-xxxxx
  • 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
  • Honors, Awards and Acknowledgements

  • 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

  • Your Mentor

  • Work Experience

  • Specific Nature of WorkEmployerDates of EmploymentNumber of Hours / Week 
  • Personal Essay

  • Future Plans

  • Recommendations

    Please include two email address of two people to write a letter of recommendation. Please be sure to notify these people to let them know they will receive a link where we will ask them to upload a letter of recommendation of 300 words or fewer – one from a teacher, coach, counselor or principal at your school. The other from someone outside of school (not a relative or a peer). To those writing references: 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.
  • Name of Reference, Email
  • Name of Reference, Email
  • 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.