"Who’s Who Among American High School Student’s"

I just received a letter from this organization saying my son was recommended, less than 5% of HS student’s qualify, etc, etc.  They aren’t asking for any money, but my question to you – is this a legit organization?  Anyone have any experience with them?

Sure, I’ve heard of them, but I don’t know anything more about them then what they are telling me.

Thanks for any feedback,




  1. Should be be. with most Marymount alumni. Shoud be working on TV>

  2. anonymous says:

    Who’s Who is a great way to have our kids honored and respected. I think everything in this world is just made to take OUR money and our time.

  3. well, my ex did this when he was in high school and nobody fucking cares. He was actually valedictorian. I think members of the national honor society are targeted with this marketing. Just another way to get a proud parent’s money.

  4. Well, if a LOT of people had it in their resumé, then that alone would have been a give-away that it was something fishy.
    I bet those who had it in their resumé, probably also mentioned their zodiac sign (“not only am I gullible, I’m superstitious too”)

    As for being busy .. well.. what can I say: Wife out of town.. so it’s either cleaning out the garage, or writing Rob’s blog for him while he’s out with friends getting roaring drunk .. wasn’t a tough decision…

  5. Wow – you’ve been busy – thanks! I kinda thought it was a scam, but when I Google’d it (I only had a few minutes) I found the damn thing on a bunch of resumes – not that *I* of all people really think resumes matter much!

    Thanks again!


  6. Paul Claessen says:

    Oh wait .. that was ‘American Women’ .. not the High School one… they may have less tougher rules (yeah, right!).. As I said: there are TONS of ‘organizations’ like that. There’s a “who is who” for almost anything!
    (Not unlikely all done by the same company!)

    HEY Rob.. I’m currently compiling a book about people who ever worked for Choice Micro Systems, but only the most colorful people will be mentioned. Someone brought up your name. Can I mention your name? It’s FREE!!!
    And it’s going to be a MARVELOUS coffee table book, with PICTURES and incredible pub stories… If you’re in it, I can offer it to you at a STEEP discount!! WOW! WHAT a DEAL! Hang on, let me get you my paypal information….

  7. Paul Claessen says:

    From that article I gave the link to (last paragraph):

    “By the way, I was in “Who’s Who of American Women” in 1983. My friend sent my name in and said don’t buy the book. It just looks good on your resume”

    A FRIEND nominated her? So, at least their claim that they ONLY accept nominations from school officials on official school letterhead, and not from parents or friends, is an outright lie.

    As for looking good on a resumé … hmm.. I’d never heard of the ‘book’, but from now on, if I see that on a resumé, I’ll think “sucker!” Well.. maybe not: but one of the informal questions during the interview WOULD be, “did you buy ‘the book’?” THEN I maybe thinking ‘sucker’ .. 😉

  8. Paul Claessen says:

    Okay, some simple google research:

    Appears to acknowledge my hunch!
    “Vanity Press Publication”

    Maybe not an outright scam, but not something that has ANY benefit whatsoever. It’s just a fancier form of “I sell you a basebal cap with your name on it”

    As for the exclusiveness: This is about a kid getting the letter while never even having attended high school!

    See: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05340/617803.stm

    They just want to sell you a very expensive book. That’s all.
    They’re a BUNCH of those companies!

  9. Here’s a first impression: No research done!

    The argument:

    1. How do these people make money? (It’s not a volunteer organization. They’re in it for the money.
    2. They make money by selling books.
    3. What’s in the book? Names of good kids.
    4. Who buys such books? A book with names of good kids?
    5. NOBODY, but the parents of these good kids. There is no other USE for the book than to show family and friends and say HEY, this is a ‘names of good kids’ book and my kid is in it.
    6. So… offer to publish the kid’s name for FREE.
    7. Then offer the book to the parents (and the kids) for sale. (Don’t expect it to be cheap! After all these are the names of GOOD kids!).

    From their website:

    1. “For Who’s Who items that require payment, a refund policy will be clearly stated”

    2. “We give honored students the opportunity to purchase the book and other award memorabilia upon acceptance of their nomination”

    Question/Recommendation I have:

    1. WHO nominated them? WHich teacher? Go talk to him.
    2. Send an email to
    Dr. Bruce Walker
    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Admissions
    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX

    and ask him WHAT good getting your names in this book would do (He’s on their ethics committee).

    Or call him: Dr. Bruce Walker, Office of Admissions, 512-475-7326 (http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/03newsreleases/nr_200301/nr_admissions030114.html)

    In the end, I think this is just basically about money. Yours!