Business First School Rankings: Academic Team 2014

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM EDT

By G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor- Business First


Business First School Rankings: Academic Team 2014

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM EDT

These are clearly the best and brightest members of the Class of 2014. Their report cards are virtually flawless, their test scores are astronomically high, and their resumés are studded with awards and leadership positions.

They're the 100 members of Business First's 2014 All-Western New York Academic Team.

Click here for a quick rundown of this year's honorees.

High schools throughout the eight-county region were asked to nominate their most successful seniors for consideration. The response was impressive: 419 submissions from 122 schools. The latter figure is a new record for the seven-year-old program. (Nominations were limited to four per school.)

An eight-member committee of editors and college admissions directors chose the 100 honorees.


• List of this year's 100 Academic Team members.

• Slideshow of this year's honorees.

• Profiles of this year's 25 First Teamers.

The First Team consists of the 25 students judged to have the strongest records of academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement. The 25 runners-up are on the Second Team, and the subsequent 50 have been placed on the Special Mention list.

The talent of this year's Academic Team shines through a quick roundup of accomplishments:

Class rank: Forty-seven of the 100 honorees are valedictorians. The other 53 finished in the top 5 percent of their graduating classes.

College admissions tests: Seventy-five posted SAT scores of 2,100 or better, putting them in the top 3 percent nationwide. Sixty-one earned ACT scores of 31 or higher, again making the top 3 percent. (Many of the winners took both tests.)

Regents exams: This year's 100 members completed 856 Regents tests during their high school careers. They scored 95 or better on 80 percent of those exams, 684 in all.

Leadership: Included among this year's honorees are 13 editors of school newspapers or yearbooks, 18 class presidents, 34 members of all-county or all-state bands or choruses, 47 heads of student clubs or organizations, and 49 captains of sports teams.

The 100 members of the 2014 Academic Team come from 63 high schools. Eight schools are represented by three students apiece: Amherst, Canisius, City Honors, Clarence, East Aurora, Nardin, Orchard Park and Springville-Griffith Institute. Twenty-one schools have two winners each, and 34 have a single honoree.

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