NRMPS Career and Technical Education Academy Awards Program
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools held its 6th Annual Academy Awards Program on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in the Business and Industry Center at Nash Community College. The event recognizes excellence in students enrolled in the school systems' five academy programs. The academy concept was introduced in 2004 as a school reform effort for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The academy concept is a national model and is comprised of three key components-small learning community, college-preparatory curriculum with a career theme, and partnerships with employers, community, and higher education.
The capacity-crowd event recognized 298 students from Nash Central, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount, and Southern Nash high schools. Students were honored for academic achievement, community service, professional development, and leadership. While several students were recognized for academic achievement in their academy classes, four students captured honors for achieving the highest grade point average (GPA) in their grade level. Receiving honors for highest GPA were: 9th grade, Holly McKoy of Southern Nash; 10th grade, Alaya Reynolds of Nash Central; 11th grade, Hannah Davis of Nash Central; and 12th grade, Savana Edwards of Nash Central. Savana Edwards also received the highest overall grade point average for all academy students.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 25 volunteer hours each year; however, many students consistently go "above and beyond" what is required. Forty students were recognized for completing over 100 hours of volunteer service during the school year. Pritesh Patel from Southern Nash received "Volunteer of the Year" for completing 634 hours of community service. Academy students collectively volunteered 18,026 hours during the 2011-12 academy school year.
Other honors included recognition for the 73 graduating seniors. Pritesh Patel of Southern Nash received the "Extra Effort Award" for his exceptional commitment to the academy program through academic achievement and participation in academy activities. Patel also received the prestigious "Academy Award," presented to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to and participation in the academy program throughout the 2-year, 3-year, or 4-year program of his/her particular academy.
For more information on the CTE Academy Program, contact Debra Allen, Academy Coordinator, at 252-451-8509.