Portuguese translation: lista dos melhores graus/notas
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They want a word of encouragement, not to become teacher's pet. Why is it hard to see that you can have one without the other? I believe it's because of the "top honors" and "dean's list" syndrome that has been such a potent, and justifiable, part of the conditioning we received during our educational experience. It's hard to break out of well-established paradigms.
dean's list = lista do reitor?