I scrutinized Allen Cheng's successful Harvard Application many times and I read examples of others who got admitted into top universities and I noticed that they all had one thing in common. All of them took rigorous classes in high school pertaining to their subject of study but they weren't in honors classes like I am. They took classes which were more rigorous than honors classes. They were in senior or junior honors classes as freshmen, and Allen Cheng seemed to have done the same.
These examples have led me to ask the question, how rigorous should the classes I take in high school be? Do top universities expect me to take higher level honors classes or will they be fine with me taking honors classes at my level and showing extraordinary competence in my field of study?