I hear you. The change I announced Friday allowing only Sophomores/10th Graders and Juniors/11th Graders to apply for the FIRST Dean’s List Award excluded Seniors/12th Graders whose teams rightly expected they would be able to be nominated in the 2014 season. It was not my intention to suddenly exclude this segment of planned nominees. This was my mistake, and I apologize.
So, for the 2014 season, Seniors/12th Graders may continue to be nominated for the FIRST Dean’s List Award. The restriction to Sophomores/10th Graders and Juniors/11th Graders will be implemented in the 2015 season.
Regarding different countries having different application deadlines for colleges, I don’t think it would be fair to attempt to compensate for this by allowing Seniors/12th Graders from one country to compete against Juniors/11th Graders from another. Something else to consider – while students in Canada, as an example, are applying to colleges while they are in the 12th grade, keep in mind we don’t start making the FIRST Dean’s List Award selections until the last week in February, and this continues through the FIRST Championship in late April. In some cases, even in Canada, depending on the college and program being applied to, this is still too late for a 12th grader to include in her or his application. This may not be too late for scholarship applications, but setting the FIRST Dean’s List Award selection not later than the 11th grade as a standard makes this recognition available broadly to all for college and scholarship purposes.
I’ll blog again soon.