√ National Merit Commended or Semifinalist
√ AP Scholar
√ Selected participant, talent search such as John's Hopkins CTY or Stanford's EPGY
√ Selected Member of an honor society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, French or Latin Honors Society)
√ Cum Laude
√ National Honor Society
√ California Scholarship Federation
√ MVP or awardee, Mock Trial, debate or speech competition
√ Selected participant in a special summer academic program, such as the Marie Wash Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar
√ Award winner in a local, state, regional, or national arts or music competition or fair
√ Award winner, school departmental academic award (if several departments or years, identify as one honor but list all departments and years)
√ Award winner in a local, state, regional, or national science or math or other academic competition, fair, Olympiad
√ Academic Honor Roll
Avoid slipping into clichés or generalities. Take this opportunity to really examine an experience that taught you something you didn't previously know about yourself, got you out of your comfort zone, or forced you to grow. Sometimes it's better to write about something that was hard for you because you learned something than it is to write about something that was easy for you because you think it sounds admirable. As with all essay questions, the most important thing is to tell a great story: how you discovered this activity, what drew you to it, and what it's shown you about yourself.
Good questions. Supplementals are aimed at making sure you really like their school and are familiar with it. Start with the big things that you like about the school, rather than things like “I live just a mile away.” What is the FEEL of the school? What do they value? What makes them your favorite? Prove to them that you are itching to go there. In order to do this, you will need to do your research on what is different about that school. They don’t expect you to know everything about it, but you darn well better know some things that separate them from other schools.