Twenty-three students from three local high schools were honored Thursday during Conway Academic Signing Day 2012.

The city’s best and brightest from Conway High, St. Joseph and Conway Christian were recognized in a ceremony at the Student Life and Technology Building on the Hendrix College campus.

Teachers and parents joined business and community leaders in honoring the students.

The event recognizes student scholars in much the same way athletic signing days recognize student athletes.

"Unfortunately, we don’t think that we’ve given enough recognition to the academic all-stars," said Brad Lacy, president and chief executive officer of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. "This is their time to shine."

The chamber played host to the event.

Bret Carroll, chief financial officer at Conway Corp., said the academic all-stars represent less than 5 percent of the graduating classes in Conway

The students’ average grade point average is 4.09. That average is higher because Advanced Placement classes increase the grade point averages, Lacy pointed out.