Brittany’s AMAZING Summer!

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Brittany has had a pretty amazing summer… How about you?

She writes,

“How I spent my summer… delivering a commencement speech to my 2016 graduating class. I overcame my fear of being a “nobody” to become a credited graduate with honors.

I came to Pinellas Technical College to validate what I knew from experience, and prove that I can be someone 3-1important. Fear is what I had, but it was also the fear that made me reach my dream.

‘FEAR – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.’ is one of the things I said to the graduating class. This is what made me keep going to achieve my goal.

When I was told by my employer (that I had dedicated five years to), that I was not qualified for a higher position, due to “not being educated enough,”  I figured they were right. The experience I gained from this job and my high school diploma was not enough to get the position I desired. I went back to school to prove to myself, my children, and to any future employer that I was good enough.

Just when I felt that I had my FEARS under control and was moving forward, I hit one of many speed bumps.  When I had to request my transcripts, I found out that I had received a certificate of completion instead of my diploma.  What should have been a day of celebration quickly became a day of gloom and pain, for this day was also when I received my invite to be a member of the National Technical Honor Society. I went to my instructor and informed her that due to the negative comments that had been directed at me, I felt that I was not worthy of being an NTHS member… that I was too dumb to be in school, and that Pinellas Technical College was wasting its time with me.

SpeakerThey let me know that was the past, and what I was doing now made me a worthy candidate for both the college and the National Technical Honor Society. Needless to say, not only did I get inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, but I also became the President of the Clearwater campus. Through everything I have had to overcome, I knew that my school, the National Technical Honor Society, and my family were the reasons why I did not give up. I knew I had to finish, show myself that I am worthy of the career I desired, and show my two children to never stop reaching for the stars.

By delivering my speech to the graduating class, I became a mentor for people who had quit or wanted to quit, teaching them to face their fears and finish their goals. And not only did I finish, but I also proudly wore my NTHS sash and pin. I currently still communicate with students and NTHS members who are in the process of graduating.

The National Technical Honor Society has a special place in my heart, and I hope that other students get to experience what it has given me to grow and feel acknowledged for my hard work and accomplishments.  That’s what I did this summer… Thank you NTHS!

Brittany Tremblay
Pinellas Technical College – Clearwater Campus
Clearwater, FL

More chances to win are coming!

Brittany shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. Although this contest is over, please stayed tuned for more chances to be published, and win free NTHS swag! And be sure to check out all the NTHS products in our online catalog!

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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

Rebecca’s AMAZING Summer!

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Rebecca has had a pretty amazing summer… How about you?

She writes,

The large nose of the rocket ship suddenly became visible. As my car accelerated closer and closer to my destination, more of the spacecraft was revealed. I smiled iUntitled-1n anticipation of what was to come. No, I am not an alien who was returning to my home planet across the galaxy. I had arrived at Huntsville, Alabama, and was ready and excited to begin my week at Space Camp.

Among all of the exciting things I participated in, one of my favorites was definitely the long duration mission. During the LDM, the team worked together to successfully send an Orion spacecraft to Mars and conduct experiments on plants, solar activity, and electricity. The astronauts on Orion and on the International Space Station had to communicate with Mission Control for instructions and guidance on the mission. However, there were crew trainers, or “space ghosts” who would assign different anomalies. Some of these were small and could be fixed by working together with the people beside you, but for medical issues, the doctor on the space station had to give instructions, and things like weather updates could only be received from Mission Control- who had problems of their own, like tornadoes and hordes of reporters! Most of our time ended up being spent on solving problems rather than testing the pH of martian soil, but we all learned how valuable good communication is.

Another activity I participated in was climbing a rock wall. Initially, I was more thanUntitled-2 a little bit hesitant. I am notoriously afraid of heights, and a few ropes holding me 40 feet in the air didn’t sound too appealing. As the line of campers waiting their turn began to dwindle, I tried to give myself a pep talk. Then it was my turn, and I was hoisted up by my teammates. I climbed slowly, but people shouted encouragement and guided me where to put my hands and feet to pull myself up. And up, and up. Before long, I reached the top of the rock wall and began my descent. I was overjoyed that I had exceeded the goal I set for myself and thankful for my new friends for the encouragement and renewed self confidence.

One of the more difficult tasks we were assigned was the design and construction of a model rocket, with an egg as a payload. My engineering group worked to plan and calculate to make sure we were within our budget and created the safest way we could possibly keep our egg intact while still making the rocket sleek and aerodynamic. Things don’t always work out as planned, however, because on the day before our rockets would be launched, our crew trainer delivered some unfortunate news- we made a major design flaw. Our payload bay was in the wrong place, and we had but a day to salvage what we could while re-designing and constructing what was left of the rocket. It was definitely a struggle, and as we trudged along the trail to the launch pads the next day, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, as soon as the countdown hit zero and the rocket shot into the sky, we all had smiles on our faces. Our rocket hit the highest altitude out of all the groups, and although our “egg-stronaut” didn’t escape unscathed, there were only minimal cracks. I have remembered back to this experience many times since- when I hit a bump in the road of life, I just need to remember that bumps aren’t stop signs.

All in all, I learned a lot this summer at space camp, and it was an out-of-this-world experience I wouldn’t trade for the anything (pun intended).”

Rebecca Campbell
Independence High School
Thompson Station, TN

So what’s YOUR story?

Rebecca shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. And today is the last day we’re taking submissions!

If you’d like to win Free NTHS Swagand possibly have your story published in one of our weekly blog articles as well, write us a few short paragraphs telling us about your summer, and why it’s been so amazing. And 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.

Ka’Onna’s AMAZING Summer!

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Ka’Onna has had a pretty amazing summer… How about you?

She writes,

“When putting the words ‘teenager’ and ‘summer’ into the same sentence, any cultivated person would automatically think non-stop crazy fun, with pools, parties, and everything else that involves amusement with friends. But my summer was spent with the most important things, in my point of view, which is my family. The love I have for my family is not comparable to any other. We enjoyed quality time together in Orlando Florida; we went to Universal Studios, and had an amazing time together.

Summertime is always my favorite time of year, because it means sleeping, and anyone who knows me can describe me as loving to sleep. It also gives me time to spend with my little brother, and he makes the summer most special for me because he’s a light that never goes dim. He keeps my life bright with different adventures every day. This summer was a very important one to me. This being the last summer in my high school years made me get butterflies in my belly with that realization.

During the summer, I realized that time is flying by. I celebrated my 17th birthday. When I was younger, I always wanted to be one of the teenagers. Now that I look back, I wouldn’t mind being young again.  In my younger days, there was less stress and responsibilities. But as time progresses, I thank God for making me into a strong, young adult. One major key in growing up and hanging around your peers in the summer is to always stay true to yourself. Summertime gives you the best memories and moments that you will remember for the rest of your life, and that is really what made my summer special.”

Ka’Onna Dukes
Crestwood High School and
Sumter Co. Career and Tech Center for Early Childhood Education
Sumter, SC

So what’s YOUR story?

Ka’Onna shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. And we’re still taking submissions!

If you’d like to win Free NTHS Swagand possibly have your story published in one of our weekly blog articles as well, write us a few short paragraphs telling us about your summer, and why it’s been so amazing. And 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.

Jenna’s AMAZING Summer!

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Jenna has had a pretty amazing summer… How about you?

She writes,

I trudged my way out of the woods, picking various twigs and branches from my clothes, with mud smeared on the back of my jeans from an embarrassing fall near the creek. I’d been helping my neighbor look for her lost dog in the small patch of woods behind our house, but with no success (don’t worry, she found the dog later). I was tired, drenched in sweat, and covered in dirt. I made my way to my backyard, cutting through our neighbor’s. When I reached the bottom of our yard, I was surprised to find my mom there. She had been calling for our neighbor’s dog at the edge of the woods, but instead of a dog, she had found a cat.

About a week earlier, we had seen the same cat sitting outside on our retaining wall. She was a gorgeous tuxedo cat and had looked fairly healthy. She also looked pretty young- she couldn’t be more than a year and a half at most. She wasn’t a feral either, she was well fed and was just grooming without a care in the world in the warm sun. We immediately went online and searched for any posts about her or any similar missing cats, but couldn’t find any. When we attempted to approach her, she ran into the woods at the bottom of our hill and we thought that that was the last we’d see of her.gh

We had had no clue that this cat had stayed in the same patch of woods we saw her run into, and we saw that she was in pretty bad shape when we managed to coax her out with a can of salmon. When we called for her, we could hear her crying pitifully as she approached. Her fur was bug-ridden and greasy, and she could barely walk on shaky, bone-thin limbs. I noticed that she was declawed and must not have been able to catch anything to eat in the past week, judging by her state. She was understandably skittish, her green eyes were bright with fear and she’d run to the shelter of the woods if we moved too much, but was very sweet. We attempted to catch her, but since we had had no time to plan, it was a bust and she refused to come out the rest of the evening.

It was obvious that she had been dumped, and I was determined to help her. We decided on a game plan: I’d feed her in the mornings and evenings and spend time forming a bond with her, and if it worked we’d try to catch her again after a few days. We also decided to call her Cali, since she had responded to the ‘e’ sound at the end of my neighbor’s dog’s name. The next few days went incredibly well, Cali would come out excited and hungry when I’d come down with her food, and afterwards fall asleep on the blanket I’d brought down with me. She began to trust me, gain more energy, and her coat was getting softer and healthier. But about a week later, the urgency to catch her spiked.

In our neighborhood, we have a grumpy grey feral cat we affectionately call Mr. Grey, and he finally found Cali after about a week or so when I was spending time with her. He began lurking around the edge of the woods, waiting for when she was alone. I immediately called my mom, and we both agreed that we had to get her then or else Mr. Grey would attack and severely hurt her. A few days earlier, we had introduced her to a cardboard carrier, and she’d been getting used to it, so when we put food in as bait she gladly jumped in. We quickly closed it on her, brought it up the hill and xctook her straight to PetsMart to scan her for a microchip. We were thrilled to find that she had none, and decided to adopt her. We later took her to get her shots and make her officially a new member of our family, and decided to keep her in the basement separated from the other cats for a while, and she quickly adapted and became lively and happy.

She currently is staying in my room while we renovate the kitchen, but she has become much more confident around people and wandering through the house. The boys (our other two cats) are still getting used to her, but it’s been going very well. She’s the biggest sweetheart you’ll ever see, and loves to play. I usually don’t believe in ‘fate’ or anything like that, but there were so many pure coincidences that led to us getting Cali that I honestly believe that we were fated to find her, and I’m so happy that we did.

Jenna Mueller
South Technical High School
St. Louis, MO

So what’s YOUR story?

Jenna shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. And we’re still taking submissions!

If you’d like to win Free NTHS Swagand possibly have your story published in one of our weekly blog articles as well, write us a few short paragraphs telling us about your summer, and why it’s been so amazing. And 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.

New Strategies for Old School Vocational Training

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New Strategies for Old School Vocational Training

Vocational training is making a big comeback in American high schools.  And it’s not just wood shop and auto repairs anymore.

“The term “vocational education” has a reputation problem, triggering memories of shop classes and cosmetology courses that led to menial, low-paying jobs. But voc-ed has been re-branded. It’s now “career and technical education,” and supporters say it’s the ideal alternative to crippling college debt and worthless bachelor’s degrees. This is skills-based training for high-quality jobs, from audio engineering to welding to commercial diving. This hour On Point: the case for vocational training, sometimes instead of a college degree.” —Sacha Pfeiffer

Check out this fantastic discussion we ran across today  from On Point Radio…

Katelyn’s AMAZING Summer!

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Katelyn has had a pretty amazing summer… How about you?

She writes,

“I spent my summer playing travel softball all along the east coast. At a tournament in Fort Lauderdale, I was seen by Palm Beach State College and was invited to a camp at their school. After attending the camp, I was offered a full scholarship by the head coach, Martha McCall.”

Katelyn Allan
Middleton High School
Tampa, FL

So what’s YOUR story?

Katelyn shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. And we’re still taking submissions!

If you’d like to win Free NTHS Swagand possibly have your story published in one of our weekly blog articles as well, write us a few short paragraphs telling us about your summer, and why it’s been so amazing. And 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.

Rosajunely’s AMAZING Summer!

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Rosajunely has had a pretty amazing summer… How about you?

She writes,

“This summer I had the opportunity of representing SkillsUSA Florida at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. I was also able to represent NTHS by stopping by the booth and receiving my NTHS member badge! I got to meet Mike Rowe, the CEO of MikeRoweWorks and the host of the show “Dirty Jobs.” I was able to speak to different members about the volunteer activity my school’s NTHS chapter. (We created a food pantry for students at our school!)  After that incredibly interesting week, I was able to go to SkillsUSA State Officer Training in July, where I learned valuable leadership and communication skills. All in all, it was an amazing summer!”

Rosajunely's Summer

Rosajunely Cartagena
Liberty High School
Kissimmee, Florida

So what’s YOUR story?

Rosajunely shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. And we’re still taking submissions!

If you’d like to win Free NTHS Swagand possibly have your story published in one of our weekly blog articles as well, write us a few short paragraphs telling us about your summer, and why it’s been so amazing. And 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.

NTHS shield logo

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.

Win NTHS Swag with the Amazing Summer Essay Contest!

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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.