They’ve come a long way. In 1996, the year most of them were born, President Bill Clinton was re-elected, the Seattle Supersonics lost to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA finals, Google was created as a research project, and “The Macarena” topped the radio charts.
The Twin Towers were five years from falling, and The News Tribune was two years from starting its All-Star graduate program.
Every spring we ask a panel of community judges to select a dozen standout high school seniors. This year, a total of 101 nominees were submitted by 37 public and private schools in Pierce and South King counties.
The nominees were as remarkable as ever, and the judges had their work cut out for them.
We view the All-Stars not so much as the best of the best, but rather as a representative sample of excellence. In the selection process, academic achievement counts for a lot, but so does volunteerism, leadership, special talents and overcoming obstacles. These 12 students rose above challenges such as disease, disability, family member deaths and separations, poverty and cultural barriers.
We hope you’ll be as impressed by them as we are.