Education: Top of the Heap

Some may soon run the country—and some may soon fade away. Whatever their future, a few extraordinary graduates from U.S. campuses, this year as every year, have already achieved that rare blend of ability and ambition that ignores all obstacles and stretches all talents. Last week TIME correspondents picked a dozen of the top graduates from top schools:

Bandel Bezzerides, 20, a straight-A physics major at the University of California at Berkeley and the No. 1 student in a class of 2,352, says he "didn't work too hard for those grades, really." Son of...

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