Tallahassee, FL - Leon County’s 156 most dynamic seniors from public and private high schools were recognized at the sixth annual Best & Brightest Awards Ceremony. The top 45 award-winning students have exemplary records in academics and community service.
The 2011 Best & Brightest Awards feature school-based winners selected by their guidance counselors and teachers. Students are recognized because of their outstanding leadership and devotion to public service, while maintaining academic excellence.
“Throughout the past six years, the Best and Brightest program has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to 755 students,” said Ron Sachs, president of Ron Sachs Communications. “It is our pleasure to help honor these students and encourage community service among young people across the county.”
On March 5, three-judge panels interviewed the school-based winners in the 15 categories to further learn about each student’s character and volunteer experience. The winner, runner-up and honorable mention in each category were awarded with scholarships at last night’s ceremony.
“We are so pleased with the turnout for our sixth annual Best & Brightest Awards,” said Laura Rogers of World Class Schools. “Students from each high school in Leon County are represented.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Awards’ major sponsors, scholarship amounts awarded are $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. All of the school-based winners will receive at least a $100 scholarship for their outstanding achievements, in addition to a Best & Brightest Awards medallion. It is also the inaugural year for the Best & Brightest eighth-grade scholarship essay contest, aimed to encourage Leon County’s rising high school students.
“Envision Credit Union is proud to sponsor the Best & Brightest Awards for the sixth consecutive year,” said Darryl Worrell, president and CEO of Envision Credit Union. “The students are truly an inspiration and it is rewarding for us to reward such superior and dedicated high school seniors.”
The Best & Brightest Awards is grateful for major underwriting from Envision Credit Union in a partnership among Leon County Schools, World Class Schools of Leon County, the Tallahassee Democrat, Comcast, WFSU, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Target Copy, 4Kidz Foundation, Florida League of Cities, Core Message, Awards4U, Nopetro and Tallahassee Community College. Credit Union 24 and Ron Sachs Communications are also major sponsors of the program.
The Best & Brightest Awards were created in 2005 to recognize seniors from Leon County’s public and private high schools who have excelled in one of 15 academic proficiencies and have demonstrated a long-term commitment to service in school and/or community.