The Fresno Bee and fresnobee.com are launching the 19th annual Academic All-Stars competition to honor outstanding students in the central San Joaquin Valley.
The competition's goal is to shine a spotlight on children's accomplishments. Students are evaluated on academic achievement, community involvement and leadership within and outside of school.
If you know a student who should be considered this year, please complete the Academic All-Stars form. The nomination form is available online only. You can see last year's All-Stars and find a link to the nomination form here.
Students in grades 1 through 12 are eligible for nomination. A winner and runners-up will be recognized in each grade. Again this year, grade winners will receive a family four-pack for a visit to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, courtesy of the zoo.
Each first-place winner will be profiled in a short story published in The Bee in June, and the names of all nominees will appear on fresnobee.com.
Previous winners are not eligible for All-Star status, but their names may be published as nominees. Nominations must be received no later than 6 p.m. April 11.
Note: Carefully follow the nomination form instructions and fill out all of the fields as requested. In particular, be careful choosing the student's grade level -- this is the only way that students are separated for judging.