2018 Rising Stars search

It’s that time of year in which high school seniors are finalizing college decisions.

Younger students are likely proud of the strides they have made in the classroom from September to now.

Others may have faced personal hardships that presented unexpected challenges in and out of the classroom.

No matter what the story is, each of these students is very deserving of recognition. Teachers, counselors and administrators, do you have a Rising Star in your classroom? If yes, it’s time to share the stories of these first graders through high school seniors you feel are worthy of Rising Star consideration. The South Philly Review and Grays Ferry-based Young Chances Foundation are once again teaming up to recognize your standout candidates. The only requirement is the student must reside in South Philly or attend a South Philly school in the 19145, 19146, 19147 or 19148 Zip Codes. Parents and guardians, we know you believe your child is well deserving of being included on this list, but nominations need to come from the school.

Being a straight-A student or valedictorian are both strong points, but not the only criteria being taken into consideration. We also want to hear about the talented individuals who excel in the classroom as well as numerous extracurricular activities. It can be anything from athletics to school clubs to volunteer work. If you have a Rising Star who fits the bill, send us a nomination letter, 250 to 350 words, describing what makes your candidate stand out from the pack.

What is the reason(s) for nominating this student?

What academic achievements has this student achieved during the 2017–18 school year?

What does this student hope to be when he/she grows up?

These are just a few questions meant to help get the conversation started.

All of the nominations will be reviewed by the selection committee, with the winners appearing in the special June 6 Rising Stars edition. Please submit nominations by Tuesday, April 30.

Nominations can be submitted via email, news@southphillyreview.com.