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Grosse Pointe Students Among WXYZ's Brightest and Best

WXYZ-TV's 33-year tradition of honoring Metro Detroit's top high school students continues with several from Grosse Pointe schools.

Channel 7, WXYZ recently honored the 256 recipients of this year's "Brightest and Best" award with a special luncheon at the station in Southfield. Among the winners for 2012, the 33rd year of program, were three from Grosse Pointe schools.

The station teamed up with Gardner-White Furniture this year to present the Brightest and Best Essay Contest. One lucky student that submits a 500-word essay on how to move Michigan forward by retaining college graduates to work and live in Michigan will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Here are the students from Grosse Pointe schools:


Kathryn VanEgmond


Elizabeth Fry


Patrick Thomas

Brian Hunt May 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Thanks to the patch for the "story" on these bright kids. At least you acknowledge their accomplishments. However, if they had signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at some third rate college it would have been front page news. We have our priorities wrong. These kids should be held up as role models and our children should aspire to be like them. Grosse Pointe Schools don't even recognize them as valedictorians. This is a shame. We need to promote the academics more. We need to promote and honor these bright kids more. At this young age the concept of delayed gratification may be hard to comprehend especially when you see the 2.5 GPA athlete being showcased in the papers and at school. Thanks to Channel 7 for their brightest and best,but we need to do more.
Rosanne Triano June 01, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Brian, I agree!
susie Gavagan June 16, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Thank you Brian!!
deb travis July 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Couldn't have said it better, although I voice this opinion often. As a parent of one of those "Best and Brightest" with 2 more under him (and on their way to the same academic accomplishments), I'm shocked at how much more sports are applauded over academics.

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