Recommendation letters are one part of the application that the applicant plays very little role in during the application cycle. It is vital that the applicant has maintained a solid reputation within the school community as a scholar and a respectable individual. The recommendation provides the admissions officer with a perspective that is not filtered by the student to the same degree as other parts of the application. The letter will hopefully talk about you as a person and the role you play in the social aspect of the classroom. The best recommendation letters will take a while to write and will do more than regurgitate an applicant’s resume.
These are some programs that are popular among high school students. This is by no means an exhaustive list of nationally recognized programs. Boy’s/Girls States