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An Annual Awards Program Recognizing High School Seniors


The Post-Standard & will be awarding high school seniors in the Central New York Region the prestigious Best & Brightest Award.

Are you a star athlete?  Theater lead?  Community activist determined to make a difference?

Do you excel at academics or have made your mark in our community in another way?

The Best & Brightest awards gives a platform for the community to celebrate deserving seniors and all your achievements.  While you may be off to college soon, you left your mark on our community and Central New York is undoubtedly better because of you!


August 15 – October 5: Application Submission Period

October 26: Best & Brightest Awards ceremony at 220 S Warren St., Syracuse, NY


Students nominate themselves with an application, essay, letters of recommendation and details about their academic successes, extracurricular activity and service to their school and community.

Eligible students included seniors with at least a B or 3.0 grade point average attending school in the Section 3 (see below for eligible counties). Students are asked to write a personal narrative about their experiences.

Applications will be reviewed and winners selected by a panel including community members and l The Post-Standard staff members.

Winners will be awarded during either an in-person or virtual award ceremony (depending on COVID conditions).  Winners will also be featured in The Post-Standard and on

*Section 3 includes the following counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oswego, Oneida, Otsego

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