Academic All-State Application and Guidelines
Please read these guidelines before proceeding to the online nomination portal. The link to the portal is available at the bottom of this page.
Use the Google Chrome web browser for best results.
Nominees must initiate the process by creating an account using a valid email address and a password. Nominees may save and come back to a nomination at any time up to the deadline; it does not need to be completed in one sitting.
Nominees will designate individuals to submit official transcripts and recommendation letters. Verification of eligibility from either the school principal or district superintendent is also required.
Nominees can monitor progress of requests to provide information and will receive a system-generated email when each third-party request is completed.
Third parties will receive a system-generated email requesting specific information. They will click on the link provided in the email and will not be required to create an account or to log in.*
Official transcripts (and ACT/SAT score reports if scores are not documented on transcripts) must be uploaded in .pdf format.** All other information must be input via text box. If cutting and pasting from an existing document, save as plain text first for best results.
Electronic signatures are required from all nominees, transcript providers and writers of recommendation letters.
Nominees will receive a system-generated email when their nomination is successfully submitted.
Nominees are responsible for ensuring that all information, including that requested from third parties (e.g. official transcripts, verification of eligibility and directed recommendations), is submitted by the stated deadline.
Incomplete nominations, including those missing any information requested from a third party, will not be forwarded to the selection committee and will not be considered.
*Schools having trouble receiving emails should have their IT departments whitelist system-generated email by following this article: https://help.getopenwater.com/getting-started/advanced-program-settings-and-options/emails-from-openwater-are-going-to-spam-or-junk-folder
** We recognize that students may have online access to their latest standardized test scores before their schools do. To document a more recent score, an official score report from ACT or SAT must be uploaded in .pdf format along with the student’s official transcript.