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National Technical Honor Society spotlights student achievement

Prior to enrolling in D’Youville College’s Nursing program, Allison Imiola was inducted into NTHS. In this photo from 2016, Imiola poses with fellow NTHS inductees from Potter. She can be spotted in the second row, second from the right. Allison Imiola sees value in a prestigious National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) membership.

Imiola graduated from the Frontier Central School District in June 2016, with her induction into NTHS being one of her most cherished high school memories. She noted the organization has made her a more well-rounded individual, pushing her to be the hardworking and determined person she sees herself as today.

“To this day, NTHS continues to help me with my current schooling,” she pointed out. “NTHS has helped me develop many life skills that I use every day. I also developed close relationships with some of the members of NTHS that I graduated with who are pursing the same career path as me. I am still really great friends with the people I met in NTHS. These students embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it.”

NTHS was formed to recognize high-achieving students in Career and Technical Education (CTE). It helps its members foster self-esteem, pride, responsibility and community involvement. Roughly 22 percent of students in CTE programs at Erie 1 BOCES are inducted annually into the society. The organization is open to seniors who have maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 90 percent or above for five quarters in their CTE program at Erie 1 BOCES, which equates to the entirety of their junior year and the first quarter of their senior year. For Imiola, that program was Health Careers: Basic Nursing Skills at the Potter Career & Technical Center – and that translated into her collegiate studies at D’Youville College.

In addition to the CTE GPA requirement, a student must have maintained an average of 85 percent or higher for five quarters in their home district. Attendance is also taken into consideration for membership in NTHS. A qualifying student must not exceed 11 absences or tardiness for five quarters at BOCES. He or she also must not have any out-of-school suspensions and they must have a CTE program teacher’s recommendation.

As part of the induction interviews (which typically take place in earlyFebruary), the student brings a professionally formatted career portfolio with a resume, cover letter, five writing samples, two program-specific projects and three letters of recommendation. That portfolio is created by the student over the course of his or her regular CTE coursework.

“The National Technical Honor Society puts members at a status where an industry might look to them as having the credentials needed for employment,” explained Jeanine Movalli, CTE senior supervisor. “Membership also has its perks, one of them being scholarship opportunities. The number of scholarships available to NTHS students increases almost on a yearly basis.”

Movalli added last year, around 225 $1,000 scholarships were given to NTHS students across the country. There are frequently one or more students from Erie 1 BOCES who receive an award.

Additional perks of membership include connections to global CTE networks and a tassel and sash to draw attention to their successes during commencement ceremonies.

The NTHS induction ceremony for the 2017-2018 school year is slated for March 20 at 7 p.m. at Maryvale High School.

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