How Are Students Elected for the "Who's Who Among American High School Students"?


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"Who's Who Among American High School Students" was a yearly publication from Educational Communications in which any high school student could be listed as long as they were nominated by a person other than themselves. The company declared bankruptcy in 2007 and discontinued all publications, including "Who's Who Among American High School Students." As of 2015, this publication remains out of print.

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"Who's Who Among American High School Students" was criticized by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Yvonne Zanos in 2005 for its lack of selectivity, including one instance when a teenager who had not attended high school received a nomination letter. Additionally, while there was no fee for students' names to appear in each yearly volume, students who wanted a copy of the book were charged $45.

Educational Communications was also responsible for publishing "Who's Who Among American Teachers" and "The National Dean's List" prior to its bankruptcy.

A separate list for college students, "Who's Who Among Students," is currently published by the company Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. However, this company is not affiliated with Educational Communications. "Who's Who Among Students" also has different requirements for inclusion, including community involvement, leadership positions, academic performance and a nomination from a current faculty member of the student's university.

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