Whos Who Among American High School Students 1998/1999 by Paul C. Krouse
Series: Who's Who Among American High School Students
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Who's Who Among American High School Students compiled and published an annual edition in which students' names and achievements are listed. According to the website, people who accept nomination for inclusion in the book are sometimes qualified for various scholarship opportunities. While there were no required fees to be considered, there was the optional purchase of the listing publication. There was much debate over the value of the book. Although it does not cost any money to be listed, it is often categorized as a scam since it is an attempt by a private company to make money through proud parents and students who purchase the book and various memorabilia such as a "commemorative keychain" associated with the publication in attempt at recognition. There have been concerns about how students are nominated as well as whether the listing's entries are fact-checked and accurate.
Please try to provide sourceable information. I understand this is not the easiest topic to find sources for, but please make an effort. I dont think this is neutral, but I dont want to fix it, until some more people have said something about this. Well, there certainly have been rumours that it's a scam. Google "Who's Who" and "scam" and you'll get a fair amount of hits. I just looked into this organization and list a bit, since I got a letter notifying me that my son has been nominated for the list. The web site has a pretty nice FAQ which includes questions about how much weight colleges and universities put on an applicant's inclusion in the list, as well as a fairly direct question about the credibility of the organization.
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Campus nominating committees, created to nominate the upper-classmen and graduate students eligible for the program, are composed of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body. This procedure of nomination succeeds in highlighting the individual and diverse service to community and school. These are the students who enhance the positive image of the American students through their contributions to community and school. Because curricular and extracurricular programs at schools vary greatly, each college is assigned a quota of nominees. This quota is carefully calculated to ensure a well-rounded representation of the student body.
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