The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com publishes its Star Students special section each spring to recognize high school seniors in Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage, Wayne and southern Cuyahoga counties.



New this year, the top three Star Students each are receiving $1,000 scholarships from the Beacon Journalís Newspapers in Education program.



Guidance counselors selected the students based on scholarship and participation, along with leadership in school and community activities. This year, each high school could nominate two seniors. A panel of three judges selected the Top 25 Star Students from a field that had been narrowed to 50 semifinalists by Lynne Sherwin, features editor for the Beacon Journal; Joe Thomas, deputy metro editor for the Beacon Journal; and Tara Kerscher, Newspaper in Education coordinator for the Beacon Journal.



The three judges who selected the Top 25 Star Students were: Yuvonne Bruce, deputy metro editor for the Beacon Journal; Rich Stallsmith, deputy sports editor for the Beacon Journal, and David Jennings, director of Akron-Summit County Public Library.



Each student was asked to complete a questionnaire as part of the nomination process. Judges used the answers to learn a little more about each nominee in making their selections, and those responses appear with photos of the Top 25 students in this section.



The Star Students section is produced by the Beacon Journalís newsroom. Leading the effort was Cheryl Powell, metro editor.



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Star Student finalist: Ishani Tripathy (Jackson High School)



Star Student finalist: Abigail Volk (St. Vincent-St. Mary High School)



Star Student finalist: Alyssa Suto (Ravenna High School)



Star Student finalist: Lucy Zhang (Revere High School)



Star Student finalist: Georgia Van Fossen (Highland High School)



Star Student finalist: Ethan Pelagalli (North Royalton High School)



Star Student finalist: Carolanne Zelis (Our Lady of the Elms High School)



Star Student finalist: Shivani Yerigeri (Our Lady of the Elms High School)



Star Student finalist: Rachel Wood (Wooster High School)



Star Student finalist: Logan Dusseau (National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM)



Star Student finalist: Mitchell Adamczyk (St. Vincent-St. Mary High School)



Star Student finalist: Raman Bhambra (Twinsburg High School)



Star Student finalist: Mary Baker (Northwestern High School)



Star Student finalist: Isaiah Hunter (McKinley Senior High School)



Star Student finalist: Kevin Du (Copley High School)



Star Student finalist: Colin Fricker (Archbishop Hoban High School)



Star Student finalist: Mackenzie Deighen (Archbishop Hoban High School)



Star Student finalist: Amber Howell (Kenmore High School)



Star Student finalist: DaQuan Jones (Kenmore High School)



Star Student finalist: Faith Ferrell (National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM)



Star Student: Kate Holland (Copley High School)



Star Student: Andrea Chambers (Walsh Jesuit High School)