USA TODAY honors outstanding students with the All-USA Academic Teams. The top 20 students selected for each of the All-USA First Teams will receive a $2,500 cash award, trophy, and will receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY and usatoday.com. Second and third teams are named and each receive certificates of achievement.

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