May 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

The Best & Brightest, class of 2013: Saluting outstanding students

For more than a quarter century, The Detroit News has been recognizing Michigan's best and brightest high school students through the Outstanding Graduates program. It's a task that never gets old.

With our partner, CATCH — Sparky Anderson's Charity for Children— we are proud totell the stories of these remarkable young people. And we are also encouraged that our future is in such good hands.

The top seniors were chosen from a field of outstanding nominees. Public and private high schools in Michigan were invited to nominate students in each of 11 categories. Students were selected on the basis of grades, test scores, honors, community involvement and a demonstrated ability in one of the academic areas. In a special category called "Against All Odds" students were recognized for succeeding despite a physical hardship or special, personal or family challenges.

Final selections were made by panels of judges that included teachers, counselors and other academic specialists. The judges told us of their admiration for the many nominees and the difficulty in narrowing their choices.

Our thanks go to all of the principals, counselors and teachers who took time to nominate these students. Thanks also go to the judges who spent many hours selecting the finalists.

This is the 28th class of outstanding high school graduates honored by The News. Many of our early nominees are now well established in successful careers and raising children that may well be honored themselves someday soon. We salute their special achievements and extend congratulations to all of Michigan's graduating seniors in the class of 2013.

Find our special section here profiling this year's top graduates.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Wolman

Editor and Publisher