The Detroit News is seeking the top high school seniors in the state.
The newspaper is teaming up with CATCH, former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson's charity for children, to honor the selected students this spring as a part of the 24th annual Detroit News Outstanding High School Graduate program.
Scholarships are expected to be awarded.
"The Detroit News is honored to recognize the best and brightest Michigan high school seniors," said Editor and Publisher Jonathan Wolman. "The rigorous criteria for being named an outstanding graduate assure that this group of students will be among their generation's leaders and highest achievers."
Teachers and school officials can nominate qualifying students by getting an application from http://detnews.com/schools/catch.
Applications must be submitted by March 13. Schools are limited to submitting 11 entries and one student per category.
The criteria for the honors were developed with academic specialists at the Michigan Department of Education. Judges will weigh grades, test scores, honors and community involvement.
But the most important criteria will be students' demonstrated ability in the award categories: athletics, health, journalism, language arts, performing arts, mathematics, science, visual arts, and vocational-technical and world studies. There is also the "against all odds" category, which spotlights students who have overcome challenges and adversity.
Honorees have included blind students as well as a student who overcame substance abuse problems and struggled with cancer.
The top two students in each category will be profiled in The News this spring and honored at an awards dinner. Four students in each category will be selected as runners-up and have their names published in The News. All nominees are expected to receive certificates.