Tuesday: 11:59 P.M. The Longest Day

Being an overachiever means little time for sleep

More than 19 hours after it began, senior Anne Zager's school day is still going strong. She has been on the move since a 4:45 a.m. cross-country practice. She only just got home from a 2 1/2-hour drama rehearsal at school. Now she's crouched over the kitchen table, learning about cell mitochondria for a fast-approaching test. "I don't think it's physically possible for me to go to bed before midnight," she says.

Every day is a physical--and mental--marathon for students like Anne. With a 4.325 GPA, a lead role in the fall musical, a load of honors courses and spots on...

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