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List of Top, Prestigious Awards

smder99smder99 681 replies121 threads Member
edited June 2013 in High School Life
Let's compile a list of the more prestigious awards for high schoolers and assign a "prestige" rating to each award which is based on selectivity, honor, credibility, and overall impact on college admissions.

10
9 - TASP, RSI
8 - ISEF
7 - National Merit Semifinalist
6
5
4
3 - AP Scholar
2
1
0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll


I just added a few onto the scale as "reference" markers, but you can move those around as well based on what you think. Please add other awards as well!!!
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  • AnniushkaAnniushka 723 replies16 threads Member
    What are TASP, RSI and ISEF?
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  • apathyapathy 555 replies35 threads Member
    well a lot of these aren't exactly awards, they're more like prestigious things to put on your application...

    but put Siemens-Westinghouse with ISEF. starting your own business is always good; i'd say it's a cut above National Merit Semifinalist. i'd put ISEF/S-W over TASP/RSI, unless you mean to simply enter it rather than actually win.

    Division I athletic ability should get the 10, I think.

    Here's my list, based on yours:
    10 - D1 athlete
    9 - ISEF/S-W
    8 - TASP/RSI
    7 - other selective summer programs or competitions, such as YES, SSP, the Clark U one
    6 - National Merit Finalist
    5
    4
    3 - AP National Scholar, or whatever the highest one is
    2
    1
    0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll

    although frankly, i don't think Who's Who/National Honor Roll should even be ranked, b/c it's not really anything
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  • emylaemyla 139 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Where would the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards rank on here, in anyone's opinion? I'm pretty sure they're one of the most prestigious for the arts, but most of the stuff up here is science based...
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  • zel17zel17 365 replies16 threads Member
    don't forget presidential scholar! top 20 m/f from each state are invited to apply (based on SAT/ACT scores)...and a total of 120 are sent to D.C. to be "officially commended"...pretty big honor...it's a national thing.
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  • apathyapathy 555 replies35 threads Member
    Where would the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards rank on here, in anyone's opinion? I'm pretty sure they're one of the most prestigious for the arts, but most of the stuff up here is science based...

    hmm i'd put it at 6 or 7; i did try for it once, but was rejected quite soundly. i'm not actually sure where it would rank, maybe if you found some people who have gotten it and are in college now? i can ask around too.
    don't forget presidential scholar! top 20 m/f from each state are invited to apply (based on SAT/ACT scores)...and a total of 120 are sent to D.C. to be "officially commended"...pretty big honor...it's a national thing.

    where would you put it?
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  • Jman2306Jman2306 2439 replies50 threads Senior Member
    I would make 10 - "Presidential Scholar". It's a really hard award to get. :D
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  • MallomarCookieMallomarCookie 3159 replies22 threads Senior Member
    Overall impact on college admissions is one of the criteria. Therefore, Presidential Scholar should be very low on the list...
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  • fizixfizix 1743 replies70 threads Senior Member
    I'll add to yours: (what's a D1 athlete? is that like competing in the NBA or something?)

    10 - D1 athlete, IMO (etc.) gold medals
    9 - ISEF/S-W, USAMO
    8 - TASP/RSI, USPhO, USChO, USABO, MITES
    7 - other selective summer programs or competitions, such as YES, SSP, the Clark U one
    6 - National Merit Finalist
    5
    4
    3 - AP National Scholar, or whatever the highest one is
    2
    1
    0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll
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  • ManUtd20OleManUtd20Ole 1191 replies55 threads Senior Member
    D1 means Division I.

    It is the highest level of collegiate athletics.
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  • fizixfizix 1743 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Haha, now we should start ranking our applications by the sum of our awards.

    Like if you're a D1 athlete, a National Merit Finalist, and a National AP Scholar your application is a 10 + 6 + 3 = 19.

    One more to add:
    10 - D1 athlete, IMO (etc.) gold medals
    9 - ISEF/S-W, USAMO, published research (+20 if in Nature or Science)
    8 - TASP/RSI, USPhO, USChO, USABO, MITES
    7 - other selective summer programs or competitions, such as YES, SSP, the Clark U one
    6 - National Merit Finalist
    5
    4
    3 - AP National Scholar, or whatever the highest one is
    2
    1
    0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll
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  • Anon_Person_1Anon_Person_1 2377 replies76 threads Senior Member
    10 - D1 athlete, IMO (etc.) gold medals
    9 - ISEF/S-W, USAMO
    8 - TASP/RSI, USPhO, USChO, USABO, MITES
    7 - other selective summer programs or competitions, such as YES, SSP, the Clark U one
    6 - National Merit Finalist
    5
    4- Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Latin Exam, or other language
    3 - AP National Scholar, or whatever the highest one is
    2
    1
    0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll
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  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent 5303 replies63 threads Senior Member
    2/3-Bank of America Awards. Because I got one.
    4/5-Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards
    These may be school-specific.
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  • smder99smder99 681 replies121 threads Member
    I think National AP Scholar should be higher ranked...you have to pass 8 AP Exams with an average score of 4.0...thats a lot of exams IMO
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  • apathyapathy 555 replies35 threads Member
    updated list:
    10 - D1 athlete, IMO (etc.) gold medals
    9 - ISEF/S-W, USAMO
    8 - TASP/RSI, USPhO, USChO, USABO, MITES
    7 - other selective summer programs or competitions, such as YES, SSP, Clark Scholarships, Scholastic Art and Writing
    6 - National Merit Finalist
    5
    4- Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Latin Exam, or other language, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, National AP Scholar
    3 -
    2 - Bank of America Awards
    1 -
    0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll

    people should give their opinions on the rankings too.
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  • -Lurker--Lurker- 1356 replies64 threads Senior Member
    TASP and RSI should be 9's IMO
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  • bernie_gabriellebernie_gabrielle 95 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Where would something like New York All-State Choir be? You need at least a 99 or 100 on NYSSMA level 6 (highest level) to even be considered.
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  • fizixfizix 1743 replies70 threads Senior Member
    updated list:
    10 - D1 athlete, IMO (etc.) gold medals, placing at Intel
    9 - ISEF/S-W, USAMO
    8 - TASP/RSI, USPhO, USChO, USABO, MITES
    7 - other selective summer programs or competitions, such as YES, SSP, Clark Scholarships, Scholastic Art and Writing
    6 - National Merit Finalist
    5
    4- Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Latin Exam, or other language, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, National AP Scholar
    3 -
    2 - Bank of America Awards, most local awards/trophies
    1 - National Honor Society, Beta Club, etc.
    0 - Who's Who, National Honor Roll
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