ACE Awards

A.C.E. Award

Accepting the Challenge of Excellence

Nomination Form 2021


The A.C.E. Award recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance sometime during their high school years, and now will graduate from high school. These “at risk” students have often overcome great physical, emotional or social obstacles, yet few receive recognition.

This is a positive program with two essential objectives. First, it helps encourage students to overcome their hardships and get back on track toward a high school diploma. Second, the award recognizes those students who are often overlooked for their accomplishments. This special recognition serves as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance really
does pay.

Select a Club Chairperson. The Chairperson and/or a member of the committee will make contact with the high schools or continuation schools in your area, and request that each school nominate a boy and girl candidate who have made a turnaround in his/her life during their high school years.

The committee should learn about the youths so that a narrative, not to exceed 500 words, can be written and submitted. The narrative will describe in detail the problem the candidate overcame, how the problem was overcome, and the candidate’s outlook for the future.

The judges will rely on these details when they evaluate each candidate. This narrative must be typewritten and
really needs to emphasize the candidates overcoming of their problem and outlook for the future.

The judges really rely on these items in grading each of the candidates. The narrative can be prepared by either the Club Chairperson or by a School Official. It cannot be emphasized how important this narrative is to the overall judging.

Each candidate is required to write two narratives, not to exceed 250 words each. The first narrative will describe the event or events, in his/her life that the candidate is most proud of.  The second narrative will describe how the candidate will work to make the future a better place to live. These narratives MUST be typewritten for submission. If the candidate does not have access to a computer or typewriter, the Chairperson or School Official can transcribe the narratives.

Obviously, the better the narratives look and read, the better the final evaluation will be. Finally the candidates must be certified that he/she will graduate from high school this year.  A two-year track record of turnaround is expected.

Submit your nominations to:
District Chairperson – Janell Darby
Address – 9255 N Magnolia Ave Spc 70
Santee CA 92071-3140
e-mail –



The submission deadline for the CA-NV District A.C.E. Award is April 15, 2021. Each Club can submit one girl and one boy candidate from each school in their
community. The District winners (see item 7 below) will be presented the A.C.E. Award plaque and a check for a $2,500 scholarship. Both students will be honored by attending the annual convention of the California-Nevada District Exchange Clubs. The award presentation will take place on Saturday, June 26th either on Zoom or at a live Convention. If live, transportation expenses to the convention and return at $.20 per mile (round-trip), one night (one room) hotel accommodations (room & tax cost only), three (3) tickets for the Friday evening district sponsored dinner, and three tickets for the A.C.E. Award presentations will be the financial responsibility of the District at no expense to the local sponsoring club. The above financial consideration must be explained clearly by the club chairperson and participants must agree their
understanding of these finances.



ACE Award


SECTION 1: Prepared by Sponsoring Club

Candidate's Name(Required)


Club Chairperson's Name(Required)
Chairperson Address(Required)
(Not to exceed 500 words or 2,600 characters). Describe problem and how it was overcome, include implications for the future. This narrative can be written by either the Club Chairperson or a School Official. In accordance with the established rules and regulations of The National Exchange Club, we certify that the above named student has participated in listed activities and achievements and will graduate this year. Example: (Candidate’s name) _________________________________ will graduate this year from _____________________________________________High School.


The following Exchangite from the sponsoring club will be responsible for the candidate’s attendance at the District Convention in the event this candidate is designated the CA-NV District A.C.E. Award winner. (Any submissions without this information will not be judged!)
Coordinator Name(Required)
Coordinator Address(Required)

SECTION 2 - Prepared by Candidate

Narrative A (not to exceed 250 words or 1,300 characters). Describe in your own words the event or events in your life of which you are most proud. Total 50 points
Narrative B (not to exceed 250 words or 1,300 characters). Describe in your own words your plans for the future to make your community and world a better place to live. Total 50 points
List community service and/or religious organizations that you are a member of, that meet or participate in service to the community at least once a month and any office held. Award 1 point for member, 2 points for officer, and 3 points for president/chairperson of organization. (Maximum 20 points)
List volunteer service hours (hospital, nursing home, Salvation Army, unpaid tutoring, etc.). Award 1 point for every 5 hours, 10 points per semester, senior year only. (Maximum 20 points)