CONGRATULATIONS to 153 Leon County high school seniors who are finalists for The Best & Brightest Awards this year. 

We also have a record number of  8th Grade Essay finalists.  There were  53 excellent essays submitted in the contest and announcements of the top winners will be made on  Wednesday, May 11th at the Awards Ceremony.

Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and announcements of all the winners at Ruby Diamond Auditorium 6:30pm on May 11th.  


Since 2006, The Best & Brightest Awards have awarded more than $450,000 to more than 1,344 students in Leon County. 

Founded in 2006, 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 emphasis on community service and civil duty. Four years ago, the Best & Brightest Awards added a new 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 local Leon County area public and private schools and World Class Schools of Leon County.

Celebrating Student Service & Academic Excellence.


Contact Laura Rogers at 850-521-3113 or at lrogers@talchamber.com.