Accepting the Challenge of Excellence
Nomination Form 2021
ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE OF EXCELLENCE (A.C.E.) AWARD
WHAT IS IT?
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.
WHY YOUR CLUB SHOULD PARTICIPATE
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
HOW TO DO IT?
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.