Jiwen Li wins NHS Scholarship Jiwen Li, a senior from Vermillion High School in Vermillion, is the national winner of the National Honor Society's (NHS) scholarship program sponsored by the National Honor Society and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Li was selected from among more than 6,000 applicants and will receive a $13,000 college scholarship to the college of her choice. In addition to serving as president of her local NHS chapter, Li is actively involved in numerous school and community-based activities to include student government, the debate team, band, theatre, environmental cleanup, and tutoring/mentoring younger students. "Jiwen is the most reliable student leader I have had the pleasure to work with in over ten years," said Carla Kozak, NHS chapter advisor at Vermillion High. "She is dedicated, honest, hardworking, and compassionate about all facets of our program. She is an exemplary young lady with the tenacity to achieve." "It is an honor and a privilege to recommend Jiwen Li for the NHS Scholarship," added Curt Cameron, principal at Vermillion High School. "Jiwen's integrity, courage, vision, passion, commitment, and moral character have gained her the respect of her peers and staff at Vermillion High School. Along with all her other outstanding qualities, she has always been a very respectful, courteous, and caring young lady. "NHS is proud of all of our winners this year. The qualities recognized by the NHS Scholarship and so effectively demonstrated by Jiwen Li have never been more important than now. Academic excellence represents an aspiration for all students, leadership exemplifies an essential skill to possess in the 21st century, service to others builds stronger individuals and communities, and good character binds these traits with all that is right about our nation and our world. In particularly, we are very proud of Jiwen and all that she has accomplished as an NHS member. Students like her stand out as models for their peers and represent the value that NHS chapters bring to our member schools," said David Cordts, associate director of Honor Societies at NASSP. About the National Honor Society Scholarship NASSP has awarded the NHS Scholarships since 1946, providing more than $10 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS members. Now in its 63rd year, the program annually awards $200,000 in scholarships. Only chapters with active affiliation are eligible to participate in the NHS scholarship program. Eligible NHS chapters from across the country nominated from two to five senior members of their chapter to compete in this year's scholarship program. 150 state winners were chosen followed by nine regional finalists who were selected on the basis of their leadership skills; participation in service activities at school and in the community; special achievements and awards; employment experience; and general academic record. Additional information about the program can be found at www.nhs.us/scholarships. About NASSP In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. NASSP's mission is to promote excellence in school leadership. The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils are all programs of NASSP.
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