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Graduate of Merit:  May 15, 2014 Highlights


Forms | Background | Applications | Awards/Scholarships | Sponsorships | Banquet | Flyer

 

Background
Pittsylvania County Schools is proud to announce the 2015 Graduate of Merit Program.  This is the 16th year of this outstanding program which helps recognize and acknowledge the accomplishments of graduates who exemplify attributes of achievement, proficiency, character and social development demonstrated through commitment to excellence in education.  The recognition event will be held on May 14, 2015.

The Graduate of Merit program, a great school and community partnership recognizing outstanding young people, received acknowledgement from the Governor of Virginia. The program was the recipient of the 2000 Horizon Award.

Since the inception of the program in 2000, 1,686 students have earned the distinction of graduating as a Graduate of Merit. In 2014, Pittsylvania County Schools awarded Graduate of Merit medallions to 110 students.

YEAR

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

RECIPIENTS

47

88

131

122

88

114

120

110
140

146

120 118 119 113 110

Chatham

5

19

26

27

14

28

40

34
37

32

30 27 31 27 26

Dan River

12

28

36

29

25

21

24

23
28
32 38 20 21 34 33

Gretna

21

33

32

35

27

35

26

17
36
45 26 27 26 17 20
Tunstall
9
8
37
31
22
30
30
36
39
37 27 44 41 35 31

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Applications
The application must be submitted to guidance by:

  • Last day of first semester, senior year

Students must submit their completed application to their high school by the last day of first semester (2014 Deadline - December 19). A completed application includes the application and the community service log.  Informational meetings with Graduate of Merit candidates will be held at each high school in January 2014 (guidance will notify students of dates).

To be recognized as a Graduate of Merit, a student must earn a minimum of 170 points from the following categories. (Note: Beginning with the Graduating Class of 2013, the student is required to earn a minimum of 170 {previously 155} total points to qualify.) Students must submit their application to their high school by December 19. Informational meetings with Graduate of Merit candidates will be held at each high school.  

Category

Description

Points

Final Grade Point Average 10 points per year for attaining a 3.0 average or above

1 additional point awarded for each tenth of a point cumulative average above 3.0 after final GPA averages have been calculated

40 points

variable points

Total Courses 5 points per year in which a student takes a full complement of credit-bearing courses 20 points
Coursework 5 points per year in which all courses are passed 20 points

Attendance

View Attendance Rates

5 points per year with 95% or above attendance average

1 additional point per each percent above 95%
(cumulative four-year average)

20 points

5 points

Conduct 5 points each year absent bus suspensions and/or out-of-school suspensions 20 points
Community Service 10 points per 25 hours of service 50 points
Activities 5 points per year in which student participates in four or more activities (participation shall be defined as a member in good standing) 20 points

Background | Applications | Awards/Scholarships | Sponsorships | Banquet | Flyer

Awards/Scholarships
Additional awards to be presented as a part of the Graduate of Merit program are the Pinnacle Award, the Above and Beyond Volunteer Service Scholarships, the Averett University scholarships, the Community Scholarships, Liberty University scholarships, The Institute for Advanced Learning Awards and the Superintendent’s 212 Award. These awards are presented based on availability of secured funds. A goal to improve the program will be to establish additional scholarship awards.

 


Claire Gray accepts the Pinnacle Award from Mrs. Peggy Amos and Ms. Jessica Jones.  Gray was honored with the Graduate of Merit's highest award at the recognition event held May 15, 2014.  110 students were named Graduates of Merit.
 
  The Pinnacle Award is granted to the highest ranked Graduate of Merit recipient. The Superintendent's 212 Award is presented to the top Graduate of Merit recipients based on Graduate of Merit points awarded and ranked. The number of $500 scholarship awards will be based on funding secured.
Graduate of Merit applicants may apply for the Above and Beyond Volunteer Scholarships (ABVS) which recognizes students who volunteer 100 hours or more within one year. Students must meet ABVS criteria for eligible types of volunteer services. Award recipients will receive a certificate of achievement and and Above and Beyond keychain. The top eight (8) ABVS recipients shall receive a $500 scholarship, two scholarships per high school.
 
Sponsorships
To continue to make the Graduate of Merit program a success, Pittsylvania County Schools relies on business and community partnerships.
Informational letter, sponsorship form and a listing of the 2015 candidates will be mailed to past contributors and other area businesses, community organizations and churches at the end of January. The individual student sponsorship fee is $100 per student. Contact Tonda Finney at tonda.finney@pcs.k12.va.us if you would like to receive an informational packet.
 
Banquet/Event
The 2015 Graduate of Merit Recognition Ceremony will be in May 14, 2015 at the Averett University Convocation Center (North Campus on Mount Cross Road).
  • Each recipient will be honored during a public ceremony/banquet. This event is to be held at the end of the final semester and attended by the students, parents, business sponsors and school officials.

  • Permanent notation will be located at the respective schools and businesses.

Forms

If you have questions, wish to receive an informational packet or need additional information, feel free to contact Mrs. Wanda Vaughan (Extension 5022) or Ms. Tonda Finney (Extension 5007) at 432-2761, 792-1624 or 656-6248.  You may also email Ms. Tonda Finney. Tonda.Finney@pcs.k12.va.us.
 

 
 

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