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Summer

Tell us about your summer, and win free NTHS merchandise!

Did you do or see something amazing this summer? Did the heavens open up, and transport you to a magical land? Have you been changed forever by your experience?

NTHS wants to hear all about it. Write us a few short paragraphs telling us your story and why it’s so amazing. The NTHS members with the best stories will win Free NTHS Swagand have their stories published in one of our weekly blog articles. Be sure to check out all the NTHS products in our online catalog!

 

All submissions should be sent to tblack@nths.org.
Deadline for submissions is Sept. 1, 2016.

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Awards 2016

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Meet this Year’s U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recipients.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

 

U.S. Secretary of Education John King recently announced the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

“This year’s class of Presidential Scholars continues a more than 50-year trend of honoring students who’ve shown excellence in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits,” King said. “Thirty years ago, the program was expanded to include students in the arts, which is critical to providing students with a well-rounded education. Now, they’ve added 20 more slots to honor our highest achieving students in career and technical education, reflecting the Department’s belief that a quality education must be a well-rounded education that prepares students for college, careers and any other civic service.”

Here is the complete list of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recipients.

Article Provided By: U.S. Department of Education

 

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

 

Freedom in America

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Freedom?

The concept of freedom means different things to different people, depending on the level of freedom that you have in your life.

For most people, when they think of freedom, they think of Liberty, which includes free speech. Liberty is having the ability to act according to your own will, as long as it doesn’t affect the ability of someone else to act according to their own will. Most rational people would agree that this is the way that a society should function.

Fathers of Freedom

The American founding fathers felt that concept of freedom/liberty was of utmost importance when they were deciding what the United States Of America would be, and how it would work for the benefit of the people. So much so that they wrote this line into the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence,We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The importance of this paragraph is the basis for our system of government. But we often hear many differing opinions today of what it is to be free or have liberty and what the founding fathers intended for this country. It is important to remember that the founding fathers were just men and as men, they were not perfect. As such, they could not foresee the many political, economic, and troubling issues of today’s global society. But they did understand that freedom is worth fighting or even dying for and that once freedom takes root, it grows and changes with the needs of the people.  Respect for the beliefs and views of others should always be at the forefront of humanity’s quest for freedom. Without that, there can be no liberty for all.

Article By: Lance Roberts

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

Independence Day

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Independence Day is a federal holiday in the US. In the United States, Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with barbecues, picnics, concerts, carnivals, parades, fireworks,family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies.

There are also many other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors as it is summer in the US. Families will often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue with family members, and they take advantage of the day off and when Independence Day falls on a Monday or Friday they take advantage of a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends.

Independence DayDecorations including balloons, streamers and clothing are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American Flag.

Parades are normally held in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, near beaches and in town squares.

Independence Day in the United States – the Biggest Birthday Celebration in the World

Independence Day in the United States is by far the most important national holiday of the year.

While the fanfare is dwarfed by mega holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Independence Day is one of those days that the country and its people need, especially in complicated times such as the 21st century.

Commonly known as the Fourth of July or July 4th, Independence Day brings American people together in a way that not many other holidays can.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty symbolizes America’s independence and the freedom the country offers to all that enter. It was given to the United States in 1886 by France (shipped in 214 crates and assembled on what is now know as Liberty Island in the New York Harbor.)

National Importance

The United States is a fairly young country, and the original birthday of the US was actually not that long ago. In 1776, the original thirteen states came together and separated from England with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. During this time, the brave Founding Fathers knew that the future ahead would be full of danger and risk to themselves and their families, but the importance of the country was greater than any one person.

Thus, in 1776, the United States of America was born. After years of extremely difficult fighting and war, the country came out on top and began its existence as a peaceful country. This was the defining moment for the country, and that is why Independence Day is of such great importance for American people even today. Without July 4th, there would be no America.

Independence Day – Placement on the Calendar

Due to the fact that the holiday is in the middle of summer time, there are countless festivals and parties all dedicated to celebrating this important day in the history and modern day USA. Also, because of its placement in the middle of summer, most traditional American summertime activities are in full swing by this time. These include water activities, beach trips, and cookouts and barbecues.

Activities for Independence Day

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There are numerous activities that have been associated with July 4th, with most of them being in a celebratory fashion. Some of the most traditional aspects of July 4th are as follows:

Fireworks. If you look at any piece of promotional literature for a July 4th party, you will definitely see photos of fireworks exploding in a brilliant fashion. Fireworks, while not originally American, have become the primary symbol of the holiday. Besides the Red, White, and Blue, fireworks are an exact symbol of the USA and Independence Day.

Barbecues and Cook-outs. One of the most traditional ways for Americans to celebrate all summer holidays including Independence Day is to host or attend a cookout or barbecue. Most churches will have one of these events for its congregation on the 4th of July, and many will use it as an outreach to the community surrounding the church. Typically foods at these events include hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, kebabs, steaks, and vegetables. This is a good way for friends and family to get together during the holidays off from work.

Concerts. There are always a number of concerts which take place around the country on Independence Day. Some of the songs which will be played include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “America, the Beautiful.”

Travel. For those Americans who love to travel, the Independence Day weekend is a perfect time to do it. With having a long weekend, more time can be enjoyed at the destination than on the road. Typically, some of the most popular destinations include water parks, state and national parks, beaches, and the mountains. City locations are usually not as popular during the Fourth of July weekend. The United States is a naturally diverse country, with impressive landscapes in almost every state. The national park system is one of the great contributions that the US gave to the rest of the world, and these original national parks can be visited during the Fourth of July weekend.

Take the Day Off

Since 1938, July 4th has been an official paid holiday for government officials. This gives Independence Day a special place on the calendar of the United States, as there are only a limited number of paid holidays on the calendar. It is likely that this day will never disappear from the American calendar.

While those who enjoy this day may not fully realize this, there is a long history of celebrations for Independence Day. Starting even during the Revolutionary War with England, Americans were setting up unique celebrations for this day. After the war, this day became a very special day used to unite the country in the midst of its quest to grow and prosper.

Unique Celebrations in the United States

There are a number of special events which are unique to specific places in the USA. The longest running July 4th event started in 1785 and continues to this day in Bristol, Rhode Island. This New England state holds a very notable parade. On Coney Island, New York, there is an annual hot dog eating contest sponsored by Nathan’s hot dogs. Started over sixty years ago, there is a joint celebration between Canada and the United States which climaxes with a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.

One of the longest running televised concerts is the performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra during a fireworks show in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to this, the annual event on the front lawn of the Capitol building is also a long-running favorite among urban Americans.

Independence Day, the Biggest Birthday Party in the World

As a celebration of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776, Independence Day is recognized as a large birthday celebration for one of the world’s most influential countries.

Overall, this is a day of patriotism and pride for the United States. It is a large birthday celebration which all Americans can enjoy. Positioned conveniently in the middle of summer vacation, the Fourth of July is very fun because of the fact that almost everyone has time to take off from work and reflect on the United States and its history. While much of the original events of the first July 4th have been lost over the years, the overreaching concept is still intact.

For Americans, this vitally important day is truly a day of celebration.

Let the fireworks begin!

Article Provided By: USA Federal Holidays Calendar

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

Silver Star of Excellence

NTHS is committed to the recognition of excellence in every arena of career and technical education – student achievement, community service, outstanding chapters, and contributions from business, industry, and educational professionals. NTHS encourages involvement by its members and their chapters outside the classroom. Below are just a few of this year’s Silver Star of Excellence Winners.


 

Silver Star – South Texas Academy for Medical Professions

For the National Technical Honor Society Silver Star of Excellence Community Service Award for the school year 2015-2016, the South Texas Academy for Medical Professions NTHS chapter focused on a special needs population in our community.

Silver Star of ExcellenceBefore starting this community service project we needed to identify a community in need. Brownsville, Texas is one of the poorest communities in the United States. We wanted to be able to serve the people in this community in a unique way. Every year, with the help of Cinemark and the Brownsville Jaycees, Brownsville ISD takes all of their Special Education students on a field trip to the movies at the same time. With a population of over 2500 Special Ed students with a variety of needs ranging from severely disabled to mildly challenged, we knew we could be of service with this huge undertaking.

Plan of Action. Step 1: An Email and An Invitation. The first step of our action plan was to contact Mr. John Blackburn, Chairman of the Brownsville Jaycees. They were the ones in charge of the volunteers for this event. I sent him an email explaining who we were and that we would like to help in any way with this event. He was very happy to have our help since all of us are trained medical professionals and certified in CPR and First Aid. He saw the value in having us help with this particular population of students. While Brownsville EMS would be on site in case of any emergency, he knew we would be able to recognize a potentially harmful situation and take action. While we all hoped that none of us would be used in this way, we were happy to offer our services. Read More…


 

Silver Star – St. Clair County Tec

Here at St. Clair Tec, we are not only known for our workforce skills, but also our compassion to help others.  During the 2015-2016 school year, we raised money and clothing donations to help the less fortunate families in our neighborhood.  Everything we collected went to Kids In Distress Services (K.I.D.S.) in St. Clair.  This was our third year doing this, and we set a record high of $5,543.57.  All 615 students and all 34 staff members took part in the project with our full 125 NTHS members coordinating the project in all classrooms.  We plan on continuing this amazing fundraiser to continue to help our community with future classes of NTHS.

Each class was a separate team who was competing each week for the “traveling trophies.”  These trophies moved from class to class each week, so we could tell who was in the lead.  Because of this fun twist, we were able to stay competitive and motivated as a school to raise more money/clothes than every other class. Read More…/Video


 

Silver Star – Northland Career Center

Reflecting on our year we have really helped our community by supplying blood, through the Community Blood Bank, for any needed transfusions, gave clothing to Red Racks to help others, and both donated food for young learners, as well as helped at Harvesters, our local food bank for the Kansas City area.
At our school, we recognized our counselor and teachers for their commitment to us, while we also provided academic websites and encouraged NCC students to finish the year strong.
While doing these community service and recognition projects we have learned a lot about being a leader, had fun helping our community, and saw the need for continued service. We also brought in two community leaders to educate us about honesty and integrity in the workplace and the leadership skills that have helped them get to where they are.
All in all, it has been a wonderful year of service and learning. Here’s to celebrating our commitment to others while improving leadership in ourselves!

Silver Star – South Georgia Technical College

The South Georgia Technical College has a long history dating back to before Word War I.  The school’s history with aviation has inspired its motto: Soaring to New Heights With Higher Education.  As in previous years, the chapter had a strong emphasis on environmental awareness in its activities this year.

Silver StarDomestic Violence Awareness Walk

NTHS hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness walk in October to bring awareness to the issue. A video was shown to the students about the impact that domestic violence has on those around us. NTHS members then led a walk outside to bring attention to this global crisis. Read More…

 


 

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

 

 

Summer Vacation for Students

Vacation Ideas for NTHS Members

You’ve worked hard all year long.  Time to vacation! Read what popular and affordable locations are trending to visit this summer.  Click the links below to find out more about travel stateside or abroad.  Summer and fun are calling you.  NOW!

Dallas-Fort Worth

Vacations

Since cowboy boots are always in style, students can feel good rocking the local footwear at theFort Worth Stockyards or at Billy Bob’s honky-tonk. For those who don’t have a pair, never fear. With airfare to Dallas-Fort Worth airport from other major U.S. airports averaging $277 round-trip (down 5 percent from summer 2011), affording some new shoes should be easy, even on the stingiest student budget.

  • Average Hotel Rate: $65 per night
  • When to Go This Summer: July

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San Juan

Vacation

Puerto Rico is always touted as an affordable getaway, and students can find even more exceptional savings during the summer. Booking a room in Old San Juan should be an easy feat, and the location will put students within easy access of the beach and the city’s historical sites. And according to Hotwire.com, round-trip flights from major U.S. airports will cost an average of $334, which is 14 percent lower than they were at this time last year.

  • Average Hotel Rate: $109 per night
  • When to Go This Summer: July

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Denver

Vacations

Sure, the Mile High City has been known to act as a convenient stopover to Rockies explorers, but students looking for an exciting, budget-friendly summer vacation should give Denver its dues. From riding roller coasters at the Lakeside Amusement Park to catching a baseball game at Coors Field, this city boasts plenty of ways to satisfy younger travelers. And with round-trip domestic flights from many major U.S. cities averaging $270, Denver is just as pleasing to the wallet.

  • Average Hotel Rate: $52 per night
  • When to Go This Summer: June

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Phoenix

Phoenix

Summer is the best time to nab deals in Phoenix because triple-digit temperatures drive away the city’s usual high-end clientele. Hotwire prices round-trip domestic airfare at $274, on average, and the area’s ritziest resorts offer impressive discounts. Plus, there are numerous ways to beat the heat: Finding a hotel with a pool isn’t too difficult, and every Phoenix museum, restaurant, and bar keeps the air-conditioning on full blast.

  • Average Hotel Rate: $67 per night
  • When to Go This Summer: June

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Dublin

This trip is a bit more pricey than the others but it should be on your bucket list of places to visit someday.

Dublin

Airfare to Dublin from the United States isn’t cheap; Hotwire places the average round-trip price at $865. But since all eyes will be on London this summer, deals on hotels and attractions are sure to run wild. With their savings, students can kick back and relax with a Guinness in one of Dublin’s many pubs on a warm summer evening. And what student wouldn’t want to see how this hearty brew is made at the Guinness Storehouse?

  • Average Hotel Rate: $70 per night
  • When to Go This Summer: July

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

NTHS Chapter News June 2016

Check out the NTHS Chapter News and photos from all over the country!

Linda Corbell, the NTHS advisor at Del Rio High School in Del Rio, TX, sent this news and photo:

121 Career and Technical Students were recognized and inducted into the local chapter of the National Technical Honor Society.  Career and Technical students went through an application process and selections were based on their academic excellence and participation in Career and Technical Student Organizations like FCCLA, FBLA, and Skills USA.  Members were presented certificates and took an oath in front of over 350 parents, friends, teachers, and administrators.

Events like the Induction Ceremony are an important part of high school.  We have great kids and being able to recognize them for all they do is a privilege for me.  I am very proud of the NTHS Officer Team and senior members who helped to put this whole event together.  It was beautiful!”

Linda…we agree!!!  Thanks for all you and your student members are doing.

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Del Rio High School Induction

In North Carolina, Cabarrus County Schools celebrated 83 juniors and 44 seniors being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. 125 seniors also received honor cords at the ceremony held on April 26.  NTHS COO Kate Allen was the guest speaker and reported that the applause was “deafening” when she announced that over 1.2 million dollars have been awarded since the inception of the Jon H. Poteat and NTHS/CTSO scholarships.

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Cabarrus County Schools NTHS Induction April 2016

Melissa A. Johnson, the NTHS Advisor at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, SC, shares that their chapter inducted 28 new members during a ceremony on April 20th. To qualify, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 while enrolled in career and occupational programs.

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Northeastern Technical College induction April 2016

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The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

 

 

Memorial Day 2016

How Did Memorial Day Start

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Memorial Day History

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.

Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.

 

Traditions

Some of the most common Memorial Day traditions that are still practiced in the United States today include:

  • Every Memorial Day, the U.S. flag is quickly raised to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then raised again to full height at noon. The time at half-mast is meant to honor the million-plus fallen U.S. soldiers who have died for their country over the years. Re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation’s heroes will not have died in vain.
  • It is very common to visit cemeteries, particularly military cemeteries, at this time of year to decorate the graves. Small American flags, flowers, and wreaths are commonly placed by the tombstones.
  • On the U.S. Capitol Building’s West Lawn, a Memorial Day concert is held annually. The musical performances are broadcast live around the country on PBS t.v. and NPR radio. Attendance is free, but most watch or listen from home.
  • There are literally thousands of Memorial Day parades all across the country in cities small and large. Typically, you will see marching bands, National Guardsmen, other Armed Forces members, and military vehicles from past U.S. wars.
  • Many will wear or put on display red poppies on this day as a symbol of fallen soldiers. This tradition grew out of the famous poem by Canadian John McCrae who was known as In Flander’s Fields, which he was inspired to write upon seeing red poppies growing over the graves of World War I soldiers. You may well hear this poem’s opening lines quoted on Memorial Day:

    “In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row”

     

Events

Many families go on vacation on Memorial Day weekend, and many others who are off work or out of school stay home and enjoy family picnics and get-togethers. Most people open their swimming pools for the first time of the year as Memorial Day also ushers in those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. If you do get out for the holiday, five events you may wish to attend are listed below. However, you can also view many of these events on the television if you remain at home.

  • Numerous Memorial Day events are held at Arlington National Cemetery every year. If you visit, you can see a quarter-million miniature flags decorating the graves in the cemetery, witness the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, attend the official Memorial Day service in the amphitheater, and much more.
  • You may wish to visit Washington D.C.’s National Mall, which is a two-mile stretch of land along the Potomac River that lies between the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capital Building. In it, you will find the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the National Museum of American History, and numerous other important places of historic interest.
  • The oldest Memorial Day parade in the nation still takes place annually in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and tens of thousands attend. Nearby, you can also visit the Gettysburg Soldiers National Monument and Cemetery, and tour the battlefield.
  • The National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue has been the nation’s largest since 2005, with over a quarter-million typically attending. There are whole military units that march by as well as floats and bands, and it is an unforgettable experience.
  • If you want some sports entertainment around Memorial Day, the Indianapolis 500 auto race has been held on the Sunday just before Memorial Day since 1911. The NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Memorial Tournament golfing event are also held at this time of year.

There is much patriotic significance attached to Memorial Day, and there are many events, both public and private, going on. If you travel for the weekend, be sure to plan ahead, book early, and drive safely on roads and airports will be very busy at this time of year.

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NTHS shield logoThe National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

Thomas A. Edison High School’s NTHS Induction

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NTHS Induction

This post features one of our most dedicated chapters: Thomas A. Edison High School, in Jamaica, NY, which recently held their National Technical Honor Society induction.  Here are photos from that proud day in May.  You can’t help but feel the excitement as Mr. Alexander Bell, the NTHS Advisor, and his administration have dedicated their tireless efforts to acknowledge their outstanding career and technology students.  Mr. Bell stated, “It was an evening of wonderful honors, speeches, and heartfelt celebrations.”

Two former NTHS members were present and spoke of what NTHS meant to them.  Mr. Bell explained, “…how their leadership roles prepared them for their current roles to become career and technical education teachers in the NYC public schools.”

20160511-207Mr. LeRoy Barr, the CTE Teacher and Convention Delegate with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), was inducted as an NTHS Honorary Member.  Mr. Bell proudly commented, “Mr. Barr has been an unwavering supporter of CTE and to the Thomas A. Edison NTHS Chapter.  It was important to acknowledge and honor him for his advocacy this year.”

After the induction ceremony, Mr. Bell stated, “The Thomas A. Edison NTHS Chapter will continue to work tirelessly to honor our most elite technology students for our best-skilled leaders of tomorrow!”

We could not agree more!  Thank you again, Mr. Bell and everyone at your school for being dedicated advocates for excellence in education and for supporting our most valuable natural resource…the young people of today who will lead us tomorrow.

 

NTHS shield logoThe National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS also provides Scholarships to Student and Alumni Members and will be awarding $235,000 this year. Discover us at nths.org and bring recognition to your top technical students.

MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

 

insignia-flags-ts200Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers – past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.

 

May was selected because it has most days set aside for celebrating and commemorating our military’s achievements. These days include Loyalty Day, which was established in 1921, Victory in Europe (VE) Day commemorating the end of WWII in Europe on May 8, 1945, Armed Forces Day created in 1949, Military Spouse Appreciation Day established in 1984, and of course the best known of the May holidays, Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, is the only federal holiday in May and is celebrated on the last Monday of the month. The day, dating from the Civil War era, traditionally has marked recognition of those who have died in service to the nation. Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military’s fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation’s service members and veterans.

National Military Appreciation Month: What’s It All About?

National Military Appreciation Month started as a simple idea; to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served and those now serving and to know the history behind it all. Subsequent formal legislation informs our servicemembers that their country has set aside an entire month to honor, remember and appreciate them.

In 1999, legislation passed in the U.S. Senate designating May as National Military Appreciation Month, with the support and sponsorship of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) of San Diego and over 50 veteran service organizations. In April 2004 more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress, H. Con. Res. 328, that May is National Military Appreciation Month and urges the President to issue an annual proclamation calling on the American people to recognize this special month of May through appropriate ceremonies and events.

Message from Mrs. Deborah Mullen, a Navy mom and wife of Admiral Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

I can personally attest to the inner strength military families develop through deployments, frequent moves and new cultural experiences. There is, of course, much to love about a military life and a lot to value about the richness and diversity it brings to our children’s perspectives.

But as I meet with military families across the country, it is clear to me that a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has challenged them, stretched them, and tested their resilience and strength in unprecedented ways.

That reality isn’t always readily seen or understood by the rest of America.

My husband Michael speaks frequently on this topic. He notes that today, less than 1 percent of our nation’s population serves in uniform.

We are concerned that people who used to have day-to-day connections with military men and women and their families may not know much about them anymore, so they are simply unaware of the stress and challenges these families face ‘ a situation compounded by the fact that most military families bear their burdens quietly.

It is evident to me that people care and want to help. Often, they just don’t know what to do to support our military families in the ways they need it most, particularly as they transition back to their communities and to civilian life.

That’s why April’s Month of the Military Child and May’s Military Appreciation Month are important efforts that help us get moving in the right direction. They keep us talking. They offer avenues for appreciation and action. These things can only strengthen the connections between communities and our military. I also believe they can only strengthen our country.

There are many ways, big and small, to get involved. However, people choose to support, the concept is straightforward. Our military men and women and their families do so much and sacrifice so much to take care of America. This is about doing everything we can to ‘ together ‘ take care of them ‘ not just in April or May but year round.

Article Provided By: Military.com

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