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Students named to All-WNY Academic Team

Matthew Fabian
HAMBURG — Two Saint Francis High School seniors have been named to Business First’s 2014 All-Western New York Academic Team.

Matthew Fabian (first team) and Alex Negrón (special mention) have qualified for this year’s list of the 100 most outstanding high school seniors in the eight-county region.

Alex Negrón
Winners were chosen for their records of academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement, organizers said. The top 25 were named to the first team, 25 runners-up were placed on the second team and another 50 were named to the special mention list.

“This is a highly competitive award,” said Jack Connors, president and publisher of Business First. “Think of it this way: We have about 20,000 high school seniors in Western New York this year, and we’ve picked only 100 for the academic team. That puts them in the upper one-half of 1 percent. They’re the best and brightest students anywhere in this region.”

Schools were asked to nominate students for consideration by an eight-member committee, which included six admissions directors at area colleges and two Business First editors. A total of 122 schools responded, with 419 nominees. Each school was limited to four candidates.

The complete list of 100 honorees – along with their photos and profiles – will be published in Business First’s “2014 – 2015 Guide to Western New York Schools,” which will hit newsstands on June 13.
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