Calling All Star Students

Winchester Patch is seeking nominations for Star Student and Athlete of the Week.

Winchester Patch wants to recognize your kids, whether they are whizzes in the classroom or pros on the field.

Each week, we seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and athletes that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about the amazing youth in our community to spotlight as the Patch Whiz Kid and Athlete of the Week.

Submit your nomination in our comment box below or email the information to winchester@patch.com.

Be sure to include all of the following information:

  • Nominator's Name
  • Nominator's Email
  • Whiz Kid's/Athlete of the Week Name
  • Whiz Kid's/Athlete of the Week Age
  • Whiz Kid's/Athlete of the Week School
  • Whiz Kid's/Athlete of the Week Accomplishment
  • Whiz Kid's/Athlete of the Week Key to Awesomeness (what made him/her successful?)
  • A current photo of the nominee

For questions, email winchester@patch.com.

Congratulations to for being the latest Star Student!

Enoughalready August 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I'm all for celebrating kids and congratuating them on a job well done. But am I the only one that feels having parents nominate their kids as "whiz kids" or "star athletes" is totally unneccessary? It may drive some increased traffic to Patch, but doesn't every parent think their kid is "special" or a "whiz"? I know I do. Do we really need a parent nominated, website publication that every parent thinks their kids are special?
Lindsey Davidson (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Enoughalready, I completely disagree with you. These nominations aren't just from parents, but teachers, coaches and anyone who feels as if they want to spotlight a child. The kids in school who are always praised, specifically publicly, are the same ones who are the MVPs, star in the play, the front runner children. This column gives other students who may not make the feature in the paper or been praised at school or on the field a chance to be recognized for their achievements. Students who are bilingual, an athlete who made a local team, a student participating in an art festival, a child volunteering for the community. This is not only an opportunity for those nominated, but also for family, friends, classmates and teachers to see what wonderful children live and participate in Winchester. With all the negative that is reported in media, I don't see anything wrong with highlighting kids who are excelling in this community.
Enoughalready August 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thanks for you comments LIndsey. As I said, maybe I'm the only one who feels this way. I just think we have a tendency to overhype achievement and it lessens real achievement. I think being bilingual is a great thing, but does it qualify you as a "whiz kid"? Certainly every child (and every person) has unique abilities that make them special. I think overpraising its just as bad as undepraising kids. So maybe its the "whiz kid" title that I don't like. Maybe parents/teachers/coaches should just submit school/sports/other news articles and call it that.
Suburbanmama August 24, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Enough already, I agree with you! It seems to me that kids are already praised enough for every achievement. The kids that should be highlighted are the ones who do chores for others without complaining or those who do good deeds without expecting praise, not the ones who are being carted around to enrichment activities to round out their college resumes. It's a nice idea to have a column that highlights kids, but the whiz kid idea and title is horrible.


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