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Academic All-State Guidelines

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The student (Nominee) initiates the process by creating an account using his or her email address and a password.

The Nominee designates individuals to submit transcripts and recommendation letters. Verification of eligibility from either the school principal or district superintendent is also required. The Nominee can monitor progress of requests to provide information and will receive a system-generated email when each third-party request has been completed.

All third parties will receive a system-generated email requesting specific information. They will click on the link provided in the email and will not be required to create an account or to log in.*

Student transcripts (and ACT/SAT score reports if scores are not documented on transcripts) must be uploaded in PDF format.** Other information (student essays, recommendation letters, honors & awards, etc.) must be input via text box. If cutting and pasting from an existing document, save as plain text first for best results.

All nominees, transcript providers and writers of recommendation letters must provide an electronic signature.

The Nominee will receive a system-generated email when a nomination has been successfully submitted.

The Nominee is responsible for ensuring that all information, including that requested from third parties (e.g. student transcripts, verification of eligibility and directed recommendations), is submitted by the stated deadline. Incomplete nominations, including those missing any information requested from a third party, will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee and will not be considered.

*Schools having trouble receiving emails should have their IT departments white list system-generated email by following this article: https://help.getopenwater.com/getting-started/advanced-program-settings-and-options/emails-from-openwater-are-going-to-spam-or-junk-folder

** We recognize that students may have online access to their latest standardized test scores before their schools do. To document a more recent score, the score report from the ACT or SAT website must be uploaded in PDF format along with the student’s transcript.