GREEN BAY - Cap and gown? Check.
Camera time? Yes.
Excellent grades? Absolutely.
These graduating seniors have perfected the formula for success.
"Definitely surrounding myself with friends that support me and push me. And my parents have also had a great influence on my studies," said Michelle Kim, Oshkosh North High School.
"You may have to put in a bit of hard work earlier, but to realize that in the end it's going to pay off. And everything that's worth accomplishing is going to take a lot of hard work," said Brett Marshall, De Pere High School.
"Staying organized and not being afraid to go and ask your teachers for help, and just putting the effort in. If you want it, you can do it. You just have to work hard at it," Brianna Messner, Seymour High School.
These faces are part of this year's thirteenth annual "Best of the Class." Students from 110 area schools came to this event, which honors their academic achievements.
They will soon be making a difference in our world, so I asked what's made a difference in theirs.
"I got to job shadow with a social worker in my community at the nursing home, and I want to go to school for social worker, and that has made a big difference to show me that I really want to do this, I really want to achieve that goal," said Liza Steffeck, Suring High School.
Almost 300 of Northeast Wisconsin's best and brightest are at Lambeau Field Atrium Wednesday morning, they also have some advice for future grads.
"I just try to do what is most important at the time, and go from there," said Messner.
"I think having too much on your plate can really hurt you. So take a break," said Jesse Chang, Kiel High School.
"Extra-curricular activities are a good way to take some of the focus off the academics all the time," said Marshall.
"Stay involved, do sports. Go out for clubs. Do musicals. I did that and it really helped me stay focused and enjoy high school," said Kim.
As they get ready to take on their next challenges, they are proving they are wise beyond their years.
"Even if you're not best of class, that doesn't mean you can't make something of yourself, so just whatever you do make sure that you're passionate about it, and I think everything will turn out fine," said Meghna Kurup, Southwest High School.
The "Best of the Class" event was sponsored by FOX 11.
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