Pillars of Excellence


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The student who achieves scholarship:

  • Is a seventh or eight grader who has proven him/herself academically by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 94 or above.


The student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying moral and ethical principles, and making appropriate suggestions 
  • Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
  • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Exemplifies a positive attitude
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility
  • Conducts business efficiently and effectively and is reliable and dependable without prompting
  • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom and in school activities
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted


A student who serves:

  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude 
  • Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services of the aged, poor, or disadvantaged, etc.
  • Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
  • Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students


The student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules and practices punctuality and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating and plagiarism, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences


The student who demonstrates citizenship:

  • Understands the importance of civic involvement
  • Has a high regard for freedom and justice and respects the American form of government
  • Demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs