AWARDS

A REMINDER TO STUDENTS & PARENTS:

It is the student's responsibility to research their own AWARD opportunities,
including requests for all supporting documentation, such as transcripts (which must be requested in the guidance office), reference letters, essays, etc.
 
Guidance will post all award opportunities that come through our office;
however there are others available, both provincially and nationally, which students can research on their own.

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RICHMOND ACADEMY SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

Wondering if you are a Grade 9-12 student who is eligible for a DISTINCTION or HIGH DISTINCTION Scholastic Award?

Here are the criteria!

Scholastic awards are determined using final marks from first semester and midterm marks from the second semester or full year courses.

Two types of Scholastic Awards are presented to students:

High Distinction is awarded to students who have averages of 90% or higher.

Distinction is awarded to students who have an average of 80% or higher.

FOR ALL STUDENTS

  • NO MARK IN JANUARY OR APRIL CAN BE BELOW 70%TO QUALIFY FOR A SCHOLASTIC AWARD.
  • MARKS FOR ADVANCED COURSES WILL BE MULTIPLIED BY 1.05, AND THE RESULTING MARK MUST BE ABOVE 70%.
  • Students must also be in Good Standing to receive scholastic awards.

SCHOLASTIC AWARDS CALCULATIONS

For Students in Grades 10 to 12:Equal weight is given to marks whether they are final for completed courses or midterm marks for ongoing courses.

The following marks are used to calculate averages:

Grade 12:English, a global, one math or science, and two highest others.

Grade 11:English, one math, one science, and two highest others.

Grade 10:English, one math, one science, and two highest others.

Grade 9:  April marks from science, social studies, math, English, second language (eg., Francais, French, or Mi'kmaw Language), as well as all completed and final electives marks, are used to calculate average.

OTHER DETAILS:

·       AVERAGES ARE NOT ROUNDED (i.e. 89.9 is Distinction, not High Distinction).

o   This has always been the case since the building opened

o   PowerSchool is constantly rounding marks; therefore, it is already happening

·       Current school year marks are used ONLY (we do not look at marks from last year)

·       Co-op 11/12 are NOT used since mark input does not align with grading periods.

·       Half credit courses marks (Food Prep/Tech & Workplace Safety/Career 11) will be combined into ONE mark and used if above a 70%.

PDF version of the above information can be found here.

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Minister's Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence 2018
Have you ever thought about starting your own business? The Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence is your chance to show your entrepreneurial spirit and get real-world experience pitching your idea and making it a reality. You can show entrepreneurship in different ways. Your idea could be for a product or service you could offer in your community, a way to solve a social or environmental problem you’ve noticed, or an invention or app that could make people’s lives easier.

Who can apply

The award is open to students in grades 6–12 at a public school in Nova Scotia in the 2017-2018 school year.

How it works

Judges will review each application for how realistic the business plan is, and how it could address a social or environmental problem or create economic growth in Nova Scotia

Finalists will be invited to a pitch competition and a winner will be chosen in each of 3 categories: Social Enterprise, Technology, and Innovation/Creativity.

The 3 winning students will each receive $1,000 to help launch their idea or start their business. They’ll also be matched with a business mentor from their community to give them advice and coaching.

How you can apply

Have a business idea

Come up with an idea for a new business, or submit one that you have already created.

Prepare your application

You’ll need to make a presentation (pitch deck) or written business plan (DOC 16 KB) that explains your idea, and a spreadsheet or document that outlines your budget (DOC 16 KB).

Your application should include:

·        a description of your product, service or idea

·        a market and needs analysis (research who your customers might be, and explain why they’d be interested)

·        a marketing plan (how you plan to attract customers and grow your business)

·        what businesses you’ll be competing with for customers

·        what your budget will be, and how you would use the $1,000 to develop your idea

To get an idea of what could be included in your application, watch these videos on how to build a pitch deck and delivering an effective pitch.

Applicant should ensure compliance with board policies and completion of any board permission documents. In addition, if selected as a finalist, applicants will need to submit a signed CNS consent form for media purposes. For more information, please go to https://novascotia.ca/entrepreneuraward/

DEADLINE:

Apply online

Complete the online application by February 26, 2018.

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THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MEDAL 2017-18

Each year, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medals are awarded to TWO outstanding grade 11 students in Nova Scotia who have demonstrated:

  • Qualities of leadership and service in the school and community
  • Commendable performance in the courses in which they are enrolled

If you feel you are an eligible candidate, please pick up an application in Guidance as soon as possible.

DEADLINE FOR 2018 RECIPIENT HAS PASSED

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THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II MEDAL - GRADE 12

The Queen Elizabeth Medal is awarded to a grade 12 student who has fulfilled the
requirements for a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma, having

  • Demonstrated superior academic achievement in grades 10, 11, and 12, and
  • Maintained an outstanding record in school and community involvement.

Each school will award only one Queen Elizabeth II Medal; announced and distributed at Graduation Ceremonies in June.

THE RECIPIENT OF THIS AWARD IS CHOSEN BY THE RECA SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

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The NSSAF Ron O'Flaherty Scholar-Athlete Award For Junior High/Middle School and Senior High Student-Athletes

Note: Each school will nominate (only) one male and one female student at the Junior High (Grade 8) and Senior High (Grade 12) level.

ELIGIBILITY:

Senior High School (Grade 12)
✒ Scholar-athlete must have a minimum of 85 percent average in five grade twelve subjects (a transcript must be included);
✒ Cannot be a returning graduate;
✒ Has been a participant in an NSSAF Championship event (District, Regional or Provincial);
✒ Demonstrated outstanding leadership, athletic ability and sportsmanship during their senior high school athletic career.

Junior High/Middle School (Grade 8)
✒ Scholar-athlete must have a minimum of a "B" average (85%) in six subjects;
✒ Must be in last year of attendance at junior/middle school;
✒ Must have participated in an NSSAF Championship at the District level;
✒ Demonstrated outstanding leadership, athletic ability and sportsmanship during their junior high/middle school athletic career.

Other:
✒ All school-level nominees will be presented certificates and congratulatory letters;
✒ The top female and top male scholar-athletes at the Junior High/Middle School level in each Region will receive a commemorative plaque and congratulatory letter;
✒ The top female and top male scholar-athletes at the Senior High School level in each Region will receive $750 scholarship and a congratulatory letter. Scholarship recipients will receive payment upon confirmation of registration at post secondary institution.
✒ If a top female or top male scholar-athlete is selected from your school, correspondence will be forwarded to the School Principal.

NOMINATION IS APRIL OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR AND SELECTED BY RECA STAFF

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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

The Award is a non-competitive programme in which participants set and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness, and adventure. It is a great way to explore new interests and try new challenges you might not have done otherwise, and even stretch your 'comfort zone'. The Award is open to all young Canadians age 14 yrs to 24 yrs old, and has 3 levels:

  • Bronze (for ages 14 yrs and up)
  • Silver (for ages 15 yrs and up)
  • Gold (for ages 16 yrs and up)
Participants can expect to spend at least 6 months completing the Bronze level, and a year or more on Silver or Gold, depending on whether the participant registers as a direct entry or continues from one level to the next. You must complete your Award before your 25th birthday.

Read more about Time Requirements here, or download this Summary and Conditions chart as a one-page reference for requirements of Bronze, Silver, and Gold. 

 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award challenges you to set and accomplish personal goals in 4 or 5 different areas:

  • Service
  • Skill
  • Physical Recreation
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Residential Project (for Gold Level only)

These components may be completed simultaneously or one at a time. As a result, the total amount of time required to complete The Award will be slightly different for each participant.

Award achievers receive a pin and certificate to mark their achievements, and may be able to attend a ceremony within their Province or Territory (depending on Award level and ceremony availability). Gold Award ceremonies are only presided over by the Governor-General of Canada, or by a member of the Royal Family.  

Get started on your Award today!  Doing The Award will make a difference in your life! Pamphlets are available in the Guidance Office or visit http://www.dukeofed.org/home

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