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Class of 2018 'Super Scholars': Orange schools celebrate seniors accepted into nation's top colleges

Class of 2018 'Super Scholars': Orange schools celebrate seniors accepted into nation's top colleges
Orange County schools honors its "super scholars" ahead of graduation ceremonies, which begin May 22. (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel)

Ninety one high school seniors set to graduate from Orange County public high schools this month will be honored tonight as "super scholars" for getting admitted into the country's top ranked colleges.

The program, begun in 2012, honors high school seniors accepted into Top 20 colleges and universities — think Ivy League schools as well as places such as Duke and Stanford universities — and the nation's military academies.The program is meant to showcase that a public education in Orange County can lead to one of the nation's elite higher education institutions.

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Tonight's "super scholars" program will be held at Winter Park High School at 5:30 p.m. and will honor students who got into Harvard University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Williams College, among others. A list of the 91 students, and the Top 20 schools they were admitted to, can be found here.

Students must be accepted into at least one school ranked in the Top 20 by U.S. News & World Report to be recognized. David Bruno, a senior at Boone High School in Orlando, earned admission to 10 of the schools, the most among this year's "super scholars" class.

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The 91 students collectively earned 161 acceptances to these schools. They represent all 19 of Orange's high schools with graduating classes.

lpostal@orlandosentinel.com 407-420-5273

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