Best & Brightest


Founded in 2006 by Ron Sachs of Sachs Media, the Best & Brightest Awards is designed to recognize and honor Leon County’s excelling high school seniors. Unlike most scholarship programs, awards are not based solely on GPA. The varying categories of the Best & Brightest Awards allow students who excel in a particular field to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication. There is also an emphasis on community service and civic duty. Thirteen years ago, the Best & Brightest Awards added an additional element, the 8th Grade Essay Contest. This contest is integral in catching the attention of younger students in Leon County and instilling the importance of community service before they begin their high school careers. The scholarship program is a partnership between the local Leon County area public and private schools and World Class Schools of Leon County.

CONGRATULATIONS to 134 Leon County high school seniors who are finalists for The Best & Brightest Awards this year.  The judges have your applications and are preparing for the interviews scheduled for Saturday March 2nd. 
The 8th Grade Essay contest is underway with the essays due to your Language Arts teacher by the school deadline, with all school-selected finalists’ essays due to World  Class Schools by Thursday, February 29th by 5:00 PM.

8th Graders can learn more about the Essay Contest below.

Essay Contest Information

Essay Contest Details

2024 Essay Contest Application

2024 Essay Contest Rubric