Question: Over the summer, I received an application for my daughter to be in Whoâ€™s Who Among American High School Students. She said it was no big deal and that all students get them. I recently found out that not all students do get that offer, but I have already thrown away the application. How can I go about getting another one?
Visit the Web site below to contact the Whoâ€™s Who folks, if you want another application.
Your daughter, however, is right. Whoâ€™s Who is primarily a money-making outfit that takes advantage of high school students (and, especially, their doting parents) by listing names and achievements in their â€œselectiveâ€ book and then selling this book to families for a ridiculously steep price.
Itâ€™s true that not all students are invited to apply or selected for inclusion. Thatâ€™s part of the racket. If every kid in your daughterâ€™s class had been singled out, then youâ€™d sniff the scam right away. The idea is to make you think that only the cream of the crop pass muster.
While Whoâ€™s Who indeed lists many outstanding young people, it is not an honor to be tapped for it, and college admission officials arenâ€™t the least impressed when they see it on an application. In fact, at the more elite colleges it can almost have the opposite effectâ€"that is, its inclusion on a roster of honors and awards suggests that the candidate is provincial or naÃ¯ve.
So, our advice is to save your money. Perhaps you can use it to take your daughter out to celebrate her accomplishments (and yours as a parent!) in a more meaningful way.