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List of Top, Prestigious Awards

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  • bdli44bdli44 12 replies0 threads New Member
    edited February 2017
    @kjake2000 By 38, are you referring to the sum of the 5 honors that are listed on the Common App? If so, a sum of 38 would be very good as it implies something like 3 8's and 2 7's. However, as mentioned above, admission is definitely not solely based on your achievements, and you should not worry too much about your "score."
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  • admiral12admiral12 111 replies6 threads Junior Member
    edited February 2017
    lol i would definitely put eagle scout at at least a four
    do you know how much effort goes into achieving that and what it says about a person? def a much bigger deal to a college than state scioly medals and much much better than being a scioly captain or some local science fair

    there's a reason only 4% of scouts ever achieve their eagle

    also i would say eagle palms should also go on here- roughly .5% of scouts will go on to earn a palm and it requires continued participation in leadership and earning additional merit badges etc

    though it is a fair assessment to state that there are a lot of 'paper eagles' - kids who earn their eagle at the age of 13 or 14 (i got mine at 13 but simply through intensive involvement in the scouting program)

    so i guess if you're saying the eagle itself is nice but what really matters to make it a significant accomplishment is to have a career of service and involvement in the scouting program at many levels then you've probably made an accurate assessment
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  • Multiverse7Multiverse7 515 replies36 threads Member
    There is no score. What we classify here as a "5" might be more highly regarded than an "8" if the applicant who got the 5 does not have the resources that were available to most others.

    This is simply an exercise in trying to categorize certain activities. Nothing more. I know RSI kids who were turned down at some top schools and kids who achieved no more than a three who got into HYPSM type schools. It all depends on circumstances and of course grades, essays and what others say about you. You can have a 9 on this chart and be denied everywhere because you are a viewed as a jerk or AOs think that you accomplished what you did only through privilege or parental help (i.e. your research project meshed with your parents occupations).
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  • ic3kreemic3kreem 17 replies3 threads Junior Member
    An AMC perfect score should be ~5, Siemens semifinalist is ~6/7, USACO silver should probably be bumped down to a 4, USABO + USAPhO (semifinalist, F=ma) are both about equal to AIME, and there is no USNCO semifinalist.
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  • jg18jg18 75 replies21 threads Junior Member
    edited February 2017
    Does a "business" have to be a business? For example, if you hosted your school/county's first hackathon (open to kids across the state/region, theme = hacking for social good) and it was a great success, would that be equally impressive?

    Also, where would you rank Columbia's SHP?
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  • MuscleMan001MuscleMan001 32 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Does anyone know where Le Grand Concours (National French Contest) and UIL State Awards would be ranked? The National French Contest is a national test taken by french students that is the highest in its field and UIL is the University Interscholastic League, a bunch of competitions ranging from debate to science to accounting. UIL is only in Texas. Thanks!
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  • studentathlete18studentathlete18 216 replies21 threads Junior Member
    State Boys/ girls State should be about a five, a major elected position at a boys/ girls state for a big state a 7, little state a 6. Boys/ girls nationals should be 8 or nine.
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  • APS2000APS2000 73 replies5 threads Junior Member
    What about the presidential scholarship (candidate, semifinalist, and scholar)? Where would that be?
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  • admiral12admiral12 111 replies6 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    @studentathlete18 if you're adding in boy's/girl's state, it's gonna be at the same level/lower than Eagle Scout, they are relatively equivalent in terms of college admissions
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  • bdli44bdli44 12 replies0 threads New Member
    Updates
    - Moved AMC 10 perfect score to a 6
    - Moved USACO silver to a 4
    - Moved USNCO semis to a 5 (equivalent to AIME, easier to achieve than USAPhO)

    10: Congrats

    D1 athlete
    IMO/IPHO/ICHO/IBO medals
    Intel STS Top 10; Siemens Finalist; ISEF Top 3 Grand Prize; Google Science Fair age group winner
    History Day National Winner
    Single/First Author in High Impact Factor Journal

    9: Almost a ticket to a prestigious school

    Siemens Westinghouse finalists; Google Science Fair Finalist; MOP; Intel STS Finalist; ISEF Best of Category
    FL Nationals winner
    RSI (Research Science Institute)
    Published in a relatively prestigious journal

    8: Amazing accomplishment; Large boost

    TASP, USPhO/USChO/USABO/USACO National Finalist
    Google Science Fair Semifinalist; Siemens Semi-finalists; Intel ISEF 1st-4th place category; Intel STS semifinalist,
    Running your own *successful* business
    USAMO qualification
    AMC 12 Perfect Score, Presidential Scholar, Davidson Fellow
    Writing Portfolio Gold Award, Presidential Scholar of the Arts, Scholastic Art
    FIRST Dean's List winner, top 5 at FIRST World Championships,
    Google Code Jam Round 2, 3 Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    Facebook Hacker Cup Round 2, 3 Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    MIT PRIMES Participant

    7:

    SSP, Simons, Clark Summer Program, NIH Research, and MITES and other selective programs
    Science Olympiad national medals, EUCYS prizes
    State governors schools with acceptance rate <15% (PGSS, NJGSS, most other science governor's schools)
    USACO Platinum Division
    ARML Tiebreaker Round / Top Team, YES Competition (Young Epidemiology Scholarship), USAMTS Gold Medal
    Intel ISEF Finalist, History Day National Level
    Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal. NFL Nationals (speech and debate) "breakers" (elimination rounds), Tournament of Champions (debate) "breakers," Congressional Award Gold Medalist,

    6:

    USAPhO/USABO semifinals, Science Olympiad Nationals qualification
    USACO Gold Division
    AMC 10 Perfect Score
    Less competitive governor's schools (Acceptance rate between 15% and 25%), any other scholarship summer programs not aforementioned
    Congressional Award Silver Medalist, NFL Nationals/Tournament of Champions Qualifier, FBLA Nationals
    Science Bowl/Ocean Science Bowl/NAQT winners, Technology Student Association Nationals
    FIRST Dean's List finalist
    Top 5 FIRST Super Regionals (FTC)
    Scholastic Art & Writing National Silver Medal
    (6.5) Google Code Jam Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    (6.5) Facebook Hacker Cup Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)

    5: Pretty good; will complement an already-strong record

    USAAAO
    USNCO semifinals
    AIME
    National Latin Convention 1st Places Academic Contests,
    All-Eastern/all-regional music, State History Day top 3 place
    Top 5 FIRST State Championship (or Regionals for FRC), JETS TEAMS National Finalist, Skills USA Nationals
    State Science Fair Winner/Top Award

    4:

    USACO Silver Division
    Science Fair Regional winner
    Science Olympiad state medals (depending on what state you're from)
    Science Bowl national qualification
    Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Latin Exam
    State awards (all-state music, etc)
    MUN Gavel
    AMC 10/12 school winner (depends on your school)
    Art and Writing Regional Gold award
    top 5 FIRST Regional (FTC)

    3: Some effort involved, but not uncommon

    Winning at local/regional science fairs
    All-County music,
    Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist
    Head of a competitive club that you did not found (ex: Mock Trial, Model UN, Science Olympiad)

    2: Your average go-getter

    Bank of America Awards
    Local awards/trophies
    Essay Contests
    Regional History Day

    1 : Common activities

    National Honor Society
    Beta Club
    School Departmental Awards
    School Honor Roll
    Key Club, CSF, Interact Club
    National Merit Commended
    Member of a club with no distinctions earned

    0: A dime in a dozen; meaningless

    Who's Who, National Honor Roll, National Society of High School Scholars
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  • MuscleMan001MuscleMan001 32 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Does anyone know where Le Grand Concours (National French Contest) and UIL State Awards would be ranked? The National French Contest is a national test taken by french students that is the highest in its field and UIL is the University Interscholastic League, a bunch of competitions ranging from debate to science to accounting. UIL is only in Texas. Thanks!
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  • ritikulousritikulous 114 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Hey y'all! So, a lot of people tell me that the congressional gold medal award is pretty much useless. However, it is ranked #7 on this list. Can someone tell me why? Thank you!
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  • ritikulousritikulous 114 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Oh and also do y'all happen to know how national HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Competition Medals rank on this list? Thank you once again!
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  • csastrocsastro 8 replies0 threads New Member
    Should Science Olympiad Nationals qualification be on the list? I feel like that's more dependent on what school you go to rather than a personal achievement.

    Additionally, as someone who has participated in both, I feel like USACO Gold and AIME should be on the same tier, both because of difficulty and their functions in their respective olympiads, although I feel like they would be around a 5.5, so a bit of a toss-up I guess.
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  • WigginsKennyWigginsKenny 13 replies3 threads New Member
    AIME qualification, I'd say, is at least on par with FBLA nationals, etc. Keep in mind that only the top 2.5% or 5% of participants are chosen, with the problems being very difficult.
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  • CarwoodCarwood 22 replies16 threads Junior Member
    Where would the Congressional Award rank?
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  • bdli44bdli44 12 replies0 threads New Member
    I believe USACO Gold qualification is harder than making AIME. I personally know several multi-time AIME qualifiers (and even two USA(J)MO qualifiers) who have yet to get past the silver division.
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  • ritikulousritikulous 114 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Eh those people might study more for USAMO and AIME than USACO. I think it's just relative to your strengths and interests @bdli44
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  • ganan1ganan1 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Where does HMMT - Harvard MIT Math Tournament top 10 get placed in the ranking of achievements?
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  • korunickorunic 6 replies2 threads New Member
    I believe United States Academic Decathlon should be added to this list but discriminated by state and division. A friend of mine recently was accepted to Princeton and Stanford for class of 2020 (planning on picking Princeton) did nothing other than AcDec and AMC/AIME. He earned a total of about 14 golds at AZ state and was top 3 in state for four consecutive years as Honors (the highest division). Texas/AZ/Massachusetts/Wisconsin state top 3 is probably a 5, California is probably a 6. I do USACO and am in Silver along with some state sci fair stuff, and AcDec is much, much more effort. However, variation by state is MASSIVE. A D1 school that didn't QUALIFY for Cali state could win New York or Connecticut. Individual golds probably a 5 in Cali state, 4 in TX/AZ/MA/WI. Nationals are honestly easier than Cali state or LAUSD Regionals, so all nationals are equal to TX/AZ/MA/WI.

    TL;DR: added academic decathlon, but only states in which it matters.

    10: Congrats

    D1 athlete
    IMO/IPHO/ICHO/IBO medals
    Intel STS Top 10; Siemens Finalist; ISEF Top 3 Grand Prize; Google Science Fair age group winner
    History Day National Winner
    Single/First Author in High Impact Factor Journal

    9: Almost a ticket to a prestigious school

    Siemens Westinghouse finalists; Google Science Fair Finalist; MOP; Intel STS Finalist; ISEF Best of Category
    FL Nationals winner
    RSI (Research Science Institute)
    Published in a relatively prestigious journal

    8: Amazing accomplishment; Large boost

    TASP, USPhO/USChO/USABO/USACO National Finalist
    Google Science Fair Semifinalist; Siemens Semi-finalists; Intel ISEF 1st-4th place category; Intel STS semifinalist,
    Running your own *successful* business
    USAMO qualification
    AMC 12 Perfect Score, Presidential Scholar, Davidson Fellow
    Writing Portfolio Gold Award, Presidential Scholar of the Arts, Scholastic Art
    FIRST Dean's List winner, top 5 at FIRST World Championships,
    Google Code Jam Round 2, 3 Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    Facebook Hacker Cup Round 2, 3 Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    MIT PRIMES Participant

    7:

    SSP, Simons, Clark Summer Program, NIH Research, and MITES and other selective programs
    Science Olympiad national medals, EUCYS prizes
    State governors schools with acceptance rate <15% (PGSS, NJGSS, most other science governor's schools)
    USACO Platinum Division
    ARML Tiebreaker Round / Top Team, YES Competition (Young Epidemiology Scholarship), USAMTS Gold Medal
    Intel ISEF Finalist, History Day National Level
    Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal. NFL Nationals (speech and debate) "breakers" (elimination rounds), Tournament of Champions (debate) "breakers," Congressional Award Gold Medalist,

    6:

    USAPhO/USABO semifinals, Science Olympiad Nationals qualification
    USACO Gold Division
    AMC 10 Perfect Score
    Less competitive governor's schools (Acceptance rate between 15% and 25%), any other scholarship summer programs not aforementioned
    Congressional Award Silver Medalist, NFL Nationals/Tournament of Champions Qualifier, FBLA Nationals
    Science Bowl/Ocean Science Bowl/NAQT winners, Technology Student Association Nationals
    FIRST Dean's List finalist
    Top 5 FIRST Super Regionals (FTC)
    Scholastic Art & Writing National Silver Medal
    Academic Decathlon State (CA) Honors Top 3
    (6.5) Google Code Jam Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    (6.5) Facebook Hacker Cup Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)

    5: Pretty good; will complement an already-strong record

    USAAAO
    USNCO semifinals
    AIME
    National Latin Convention 1st Places Academic Contests,
    All-Eastern/all-regional music, State History Day top 3 place
    Top 5 FIRST State Championship (or Regionals for FRC), JETS TEAMS National Finalist, Skills USA Nationals
    State Science Fair Winner/Top Award
    Academic Decathlon State (AZ/TX/MA/WI), Nationals Top 3 Honors & California Event Golds


    4:

    USACO Silver Division
    Science Fair Regional winner
    Science Olympiad state medals (depending on what state you're from)
    Science Bowl national qualification
    Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Latin Exam
    State awards (all-state music, etc)
    Academic Decathlon State (AZ/TX/MA/WI) Event Golds
    MUN Gavel
    AMC 10/12 school winner (depends on your school)
    Art and Writing Regional Gold award
    Top 5 FIRST Regional (FTC)

    3: Some effort involved, but not uncommon

    Winning at local/regional science fairs
    All-County music,
    Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist
    Head of a competitive club that you did not found (ex: Mock Trial, Model UN, Science Olympiad)

    2: Your average go-getter

    Bank of America Awards
    Local awards/trophies
    Essay Contests
    Regional History Day

    1 : Common activities

    National Honor Society
    Beta Club
    School Departmental Awards
    School Honor Roll
    Key Club, CSF, Interact Club
    National Merit Commended
    Member of a club with no distinctions earned

    0: A dime in a dozen; meaningless

    Who's Who, National Honor Roll, National Society of High School Scholars
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