This year Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) qualified for a charter membership in the 2010-11 National Honor Society. Colorado Virtual Academy is the only Colorado Online School that has a National Honor Society Chapter (Revision: COVA is not the only CO online school with an NHS Chapter). Eight students from COVA were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held via virtual conference in August. Members were selected by the chapter’s Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The newly formed COVA NHS kicked off the school year with a service event at the Denver Zoo in conjunction with COVA’s Fall Zoo Kick-Off. The NHS conducted free guided tours of various zoo animal exhibits, for the entertainment and education of COVA families. COVA’s NHS continued meeting bi-monthly via Elluminate, live sessions to conduct routine business. In April the NHS hosted a Student Day where students interacted with teachers and peers in a live, classroom setting.
The COVA NHS Induction Ceremony was held yesterday to induct the newest members to the organization. It was a memorable day with warm welcomes from COVA’s High School Principal, Teri Cady, and COVA’s NHS President, Abreana Bardossas. Charity Smith, COVA teacher introduced the current NHS members followed by the Candle Lighting Ceremony and introductions of the NHS Candidates by Shandra Pankoski, COVA teacher. The NHS members recited the NHS Pledge followed by the presentation of emblems and membership cards, and Principal’s Awards and Recognitions.
The National Honor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 15,000 high schools and, since 1921, millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
This nationally-recognized organization has four main purposes: “To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.” (from the NHS Constitution) The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 and is one of the oldest student recognition organizations in the U.S.
Teri Cady welcomes COVA families
Charity introduces current members, Abreana
Shandra introduces the candidates
To the right of our NHS members is Heidi Heineke Magri, COVA’s Incredible Head of School
and to the left is COVA’s HS English teacher, Mrs. Cynthia Sheely and National Honor Society Advisor. COVA’s National Honor Society was made possible by Cynthia Sheely’s leadership and determination. Thank you Mrs. Sheely for making COVA’s NHS Chapter a reality and for a very wonderful ceremony.