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2012 All-Western New York Academic Team Honors Buffalo Seminary Senior
Posted 03/08/2012 11:18PM

Congratulations to Sarah Shafik ’12, who has been named to this year’s list of the 100 most outstanding high-school seniors in the eight-county region. She received Special Mention in the highly competitive program.

"This is an extremely difficult honor to win," said Jack Connors, president and publisher of Business First. "The Academic Team is extraordinarily exclusive. There are roughly 20,000 seniors in Western New York's high schools, and we've selected only 100 for this year's Academic Team. That's the top one-half of one percent, the best and brightest students anywhere in our region."

A resident of Williamsville, N.Y., Sarah is active in a variety of academic and extracurricular pursuits. She serves as the 2011-2012 co-president of Sem’s Social Service Board, and is a member of the Science Club. Sarah is also an athlete on Sem's varsity squash and tennis teams.

Schools throughout the eight-county area were asked to nominate their most accomplished students for consideration by a nine-member committee, which included seven admissions directors at area colleges and two Business First editors. A total of 117 schools responded with 415 nominees. Academic Team honorees were selected for their records of academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement. The top 25 were named to the First Team, 25 runners-up to the Second Team, and another 50 to the Special Mention list.

More information about the Academic Team program, including a database of students recognized over the past four years, can be accessed here.

The complete list of this year's 100 honorees – along with their photos and profiles – will be published in Business First’s 2012-2013 Guide to Western New York Schools, available June 15, 2012.

We congratulate Sarah on this well-deserved honor! Thank you for making Sem proud.

Buffalo Seminary, or Sem, is located at 205 Bidwell Parkway in the historic Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y. Founded in 1851, Sem is Western New York’s only independent high school for girls, and the only all-girls school in the area with a residential program. We offer an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory curriculum and are a member of The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). Sem is also a charter affiliate member of The Online School for Girls (OSG). To learn more, visit

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