Reimnitz nominated for national award program

Reimnitz nominated for national award program Justine Reimnitz, a Vermillion High School senior, has been nominated to compete in the national Principal's Leadership Award scholarship program (PLA), sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Herff Jones, Inc., funds the Principal's Leadership Award program.

VHS Principal Doug Tuetken announced the nomination, which places Reimnitz in the national competition. One hundred fifty national PLA winners will be chosen this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.

Principals in high schools throughout the country could nominate one of their student leaders. Nominees were selected based on their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience, and academic record. They also were required to write an essay.

"Reimnitz has demonstrated exemplary achievement in her academic work and service to her school and community," said Gerald N. Tirozzi, NASSP executive director. "She's a fine example of the outstanding caliber of young people in America's high schools."

In recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities � the term that replaces extracurricular activities, as coined in Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution � as well as academic performance, the PLA scholarship helps assert the importance of a well-rounded education. Breaking Ranks, the high school reform report issued by NASSP, in partnership with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, states co-curricular activities should be an essential part of the school curriculum.

While at VHS, Reimnitz has been junior class vice president, president of the debate team, vice president of the National Honor Society Chapter, varsity letter winner, and editor-in-chief of the Vermillionaire. This fall she plans to attend college with aspirations in neurology.

NASSP is the nation's largest school leadership organization with a membership reaching toward 40,000 middle level and high school principals and assistant principals. It administers the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, the National Association of Student Councils, and the National Association of Student Activity Advisers, collectively serving an additional 50,000 advisers and more than one million students. NASSP is also the sponsor of National Student Leadership Week.

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