Back to School Savings

We’ve been working hard to add even more value to your NTHS membership, and we’re proud to unveil our new partnership with the national office supply chains, Office Depot and Office Max!

Now, all our members, advisors, and friends of NTHS can enjoy up to 80% off preferred products, free next-day delivery with online orders (over $50), discounted printing prices and much, much more! And we’re so pleased to be announcing this program just in time for Back to School!

 

And here’s the best part: For every dollar you spend through this program, a portion of it will go towards our NTHS scholarship fund!

For more information on how to start saving on school and office supplies, and get your personalized store purchasing card, visit our page today!

The Annual NTHS Board of Directors Meeting

Every year in July, we set aside a weekend to host our annual Board of Directors meeting. Our board members from all across the country converge here at our headquarters in Flat Rock, NC. 

It’s an event that we all look forward to, and the highlight of the weekend is on Saturday after all the business has been taken care of and complete. The NTHS staff, board members, and their families gather on our office back patio for dinner. It’s a great evening of food and fun, and such a lovely way to end the weekend, that we thought you might enjoy some of the pictures from this year’s gathering!

A Mother’s Last Wish

We were so touched to hear the story of NTHS member Samantha Parrotte from Saranac, NY a few weeks ago, and we wanted to share it with you as well!

Samantha’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a rare autoimmune disease, and her only wish was to see her daughter graduate from Champlain Valley Technical Center (CVTC) before she passed away.  So, CVTC and Saranac schools worked together to bring a special ceremony to her mom’s hospital in Vermont.

Our deepest condolences go out to Samantha and her family, but we’re so very proud that she stuck it through, finished her classes, and was able to make her mother so very proud!

To hear more of Samantha’s beautiful story, watch the video below or click here.

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Silver Star of Excellence: Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology

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. We encourage our members to get  involved outside their classroom, and every once in a while, we notice a chapter that really goes above and beyond that call.  That’s why we have the Silver Star of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Award.

The focus of this national award is to recognize NTHS chapters that maintain an active chapter based upon our seven core attributes; skill, scholarship, honesty, service, responsibility, citizenship and leadership… With that being said, we’d like to introduce you to the chapter at Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT).

This year, the NTHS chapter at CAVIT participated in the “Run, Hide, Fight Community Service Project.”

CAVIT’s local newspapers The Florence Reminder and the Blade Tribune report:

“The NTHS chapter partnered with our Medical Assistant program, instructed by Jeffrey Wooley and West Elementary School to provide ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ education,” Martinez said. “These eight visits to Diane Self-Thompson’s fourth grade class focused on lessons in childhood obesity, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, cleanliness, healthcare prevention, and bullying.”

The lessons were aligned to Self-Thompson’s fourth grade curriculum, making the partnership a win-win situation for all.

 “CAVIT students traveled to West Elementary weekly to present the lessons, along with activities such as making a fun, healthy snack, playing a soccer game, and more,” Martinez said. “The partnership ended with Ms. Self-Thompson’s class visiting CAVIT to take a ‘final test’ and to tour the campus.”

Martinez explained it is “truly an honor to earn the Silver Star of Excellence award, since CAVIT does strive to provide quality community service through our clinics and other activities.”

CAVIT staff saw partnering with Self-Thompson’s class as a natural fit – a sentiment Wooley echoed.

“The location is close, but even more so these fourth graders get to learn valuable health information from a high school role model,” Wooley said.

Thank you for making such an amazing difference in your community!

Silver Star of Excellence: St. Clair County Technical Education Center

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. We encourage our members to get  involved outside their classroom, and every once in a while, we notice a chapter that really goes above and beyond that call.  That’s why we have the Silver Star of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Award.

The focus of this national award is to recognize NTHS chapters that maintain an active chapter based upon our seven core attributes; skill, scholarship, honesty, service, responsibility, citizenship and leadership… With that being said, we’d like to introduce you to the chapter at St. Clair County Technical Education Center.

Apparently St. Clair TEC is pretty well known in their community, not only for their workforce skills, but also their commitment to helping others in their community. Throughout the year, they’ve held numerous fund raisers and food and clothing drives, including a “Polar Bear Plunge,” where they raised over $4,500 for children in need by taking a dip into the 40 degree waters of Lake Huron this past December. We are so very proud of their creativity and compassion! Take a look at their story:

 

Silver Star of Excellence: South Georgia Technical College

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. We encourage our members to get  involved outside their classroom, and every once in a while, we notice a chapter that really goes above and beyond that call.  That’s why we have the Silver Star of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Award.

The focus of this national award is to recognize NTHS chapters that maintain an active chapter based upon our seven core attributes; skill, scholarship, honesty, service, responsibility, citizenship and leadership… With that being said, we’d like to introduce you to the chapter at South Georgia Technical College.

These guys have been involved pretty much all year long to better their community and the world around them, and we could honestly not be any prouder of them! Take a look at their story:

We are so thrilled and honored to share your story with the rest of the world! You guys really are what makes NTHS such an amazing, world-changing organization!

So you graduated… But what now???

You worked hard. You spent countless late nights, writing papers, and guzzling incalculable of cups of coffee. You pulled so many all-nighters, fighting sleep and cramming for those exams… You literally put everything you had into it – blood, sweat, tears – and you made the grade. You’re finally walking across that stage and receiving that hard-earned diploma… But NOW WHAT?

The truth is, there’s SO MUCH advice we could give you on where to go next, and what to do there… But we LOVE the collaboration of thoughts and advice that Business Insider released this week, so we thought we’d share…

They write:

“A great commencement or class-day speech sticks with you forever. You remember it when you accept for your first job, and when you quit it.

Too many, unfortunately, offer the same warmed-over clichés, like “dream big,” “work hard,” or “follow your passion.” 

But there are some lessons that are truly worth remembering, or so well-said that they stick in the memory longer than just about anything else. 

We’ve collected some of the greatest speeches and pieces of advice, worth reading and listening to for any grad, or anyone looking for guidance.”

To read more, click here.

The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars

We are absolutely ecstatic that two of our own NTHS family have received the honor of being accepted into the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program! Our heartfelt congratulations go out to  Helen J. Smith from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, GA, and Evan C. Welsh from Grand Forks Central High School in Grand Forks, ND!

Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students, and we’re so very proud that NTHS is being so well represented in the class of 2017!

From the U.S. Department of Education’s website:

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

“I congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars for their devotion to academic excellence and their parents and teachers who have guided them along the way,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.  “Today’s Presidential Scholars are tomorrow’s leaders, and I am confident they will continue to be shining examples as they enter the next phase of their academic careers.”

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Of the 3.5 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,100 candidates qualified for the 2017 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts™competition.

The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during an annual ceremony in Washington. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

The 2017 ceremony will be held June 18, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

A complete list of 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars follows and is also available at http://www.ed.gov/psp.

Getting Ready for Red Nose Day!

What is it?

Red Nose Day was established in 1985 by a British organization called Comic Relief with the goal of creating a world free from poverty.

Millions of people participated that first year, and since then, it has grown into a massive global awareness and fundraising campaign that is making an effort to make sure every child is healthy, safe, educated and empowered for the future. Since 2015 alone, Red Nose Day has raised over $60 million to help kids that are most in need, and these funds are funneled into children’s programs in all 50 states, as well as some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

We want to see your red noses!

Red Nose Day is being celebrated in the U.S. on May 25th, and that’s still about 3 weeks away! But the staff here at NTHS national headquarters has already donned our red noses, and we’re taking up collections for a staff donation! Now we want to see how YOU’RE helping with this project!

We’re challenging all our NTHS chapters across the country to get involved! Start a fundraising campaign at your
school! Send us your red nose pictures! Tell us your story of how you’re getting involved this year! Make us laugh while making a difference!

All entries can be emailed to tblack@nths.org, and who knows? There just may be a special prize for the chapter or school that we think is making the biggest impact!

Spring Break NTHS Style!

We invited our members to tell us why their Spring Breaks were so memorable this year, and we had a fantastic response! Each one of the students below will be receiving a prize packet, including one of our new NTHS brand t-shirts! We wish we could have published all the entries we received, but here are a few of our favorites…

“Over my spring break I went to Chicago,
Illinois with the Wadsworth High School Marching Band. We attended the performances of ‘Mama Mia’ as well as ‘The Blue Man Group.’ We spent a morning at the bean in Millennium Park, an afternoon at the Navy Pier, and the evening in the John Hancock Center. We had the opportunity to go to the Shedd Aquarium, as well as the Driehaus Museum. It was an educational and exciting experience that I was ecstatic to share with my friends.”

Sarah Keller
Four Cities Educational Compact
Wadsworth, OH

“My spring break was an awesome adventure. I decided to take a road trip
across Mississippi by myself. I wanted to spend that time getting to know myself more because since school had started, I haven’t been treating myself like I should. I ended up traveling 283 miles away from my home and in ended up in Olive Branch, MS. I walked for hours that night taking pictures of all the local sites like a blues festival and a children’s circus act. In the end, all I could think of that night was what a wonderful time it is to be alive. I worked on strengthening my faith and letting myself relax more. But most importantly, I got to rediscover myself and make sure I was okay and healthy in general. When I got back to school, I knew that I was going to be okay until summer break.”

Demyia Graham
Port Gibson, MS
Claiborne County Vocational & Technical Complex

“My mom had originally planned to go to the mountains for spring break, but that fell through and we decided on Orlando. We didn’t have a plan or specific place to go, but ended up going to Legoland for my little brothers. it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped, but I still got some good memories out of it.”

Mitchell Bond
Semmes, AL
T. L. Faulkner Career Technical Center

“For spring break my family and I went to Jamaica to explore the countryside
 and take a break from regular city life! We went to Dunn’s River Falls, Bob Marley’s old home in Nine Mile, Jamaica, zip lining and tubing in the Jamaican rain forest, and ATV riding through the farms and off the coast! It was an amazing experience and I would definitely go back!”

Lauren Myers
Alexandria, VA
Edison Academy

“My 10 day spring break consisted of a lot of driving back and forth from Ohio to Virginia to visit family and take senior pictures (FINALLY!) and spending the week with my grandma in Virginia. She is sadly selling her beautiful 3 story home full of memories and moving on to smaller houses, but better places! I helped her with a FIVE page to-do-list and I’m happy to say we got most of the items crossed of the list!”

Grace Smith
Hinton, WV
Greenbrier East High School

Make sure to stay tuned to our eNews, as well as our social media sites and this blog for more chances to win!