Ka’Onna’s AMAZING Summer!

Ka'Onna's Summer

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!

Jenna's Summer

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!

Katelyn's Summer

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!

Rosajunely's Amazing Summer
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.

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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.

Win NTHS Swag with the Amazing Summer Essay Contest!

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

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Department of Education

 

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.