MAMMOTH SPRING -- Matt Newman, a Mammoth Spring High School senior, has been nominated to compete in the national Principals Leadership Award scholastic program (PLA) sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Herff Jones, Inc., funds the program.
Chip Layne, principal of Mammoth Spring High School, announced recently that Newman had been nominated, which automatically places him in the national competition. One hundred fifty national PLA winners will be chosen this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.
"Matt is a super kid who exemplifies great citizenship. It is an honor to have him represent our school in this competition," Layne said.
High school principals from across 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.
"Matt has demonstrated exemplary achievements in his academic work and service to his school and his community," said Gerald N. Tizozzi, executive director of NASSP. "He's a fine example of the outstanding caliber of young people in America's high schools."
In recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities as well as academic performance, the PLA scholarship recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education. Extra-curricular activities are an essential part of the school curriculum.