In the spring of each school year, AC Flora hosts an Awards Program for students in grades 9-11.
The Awards Program includes a presentation of College and University Book Awards, a presentation of Junior Scholar and Junior Fellow Awards, and a presentation of the Principal's Awards. Below is more information, including criteria, for the awards.
College and University Book Awards
The College and University Book Awards are presented to juniors at AC Flora's annual Awards Program. The Book Awards are presented to juniors who possess the criteria given by each College/University. The award itself is a book chosen by the presenter, alumni of the Colleges/Universities.
The Book Awards Program at AC Flora started over five years ago, with several Book Awards being presented at that time, and has grown through the generosity of our alumni. As Brown University explains, the Book Award program is two-fold: "it combines the satisfaction of rewarding individual scholarship with promotion of the College or University's name among high school students."
AC Flora's Principal, Guidance Director, and IB Coordinator handle the administration of the Book Award Program. College and University Book Awards and their criteria are presented to faculty and staff who ultimately vote and select the recipients. The awards themselves are sponsored by the alumni or the College or University's local Alumni Chapter.
At the 2015-2016 Awards Program, Book Awards were presented from the alumni of Allen University, Benedict College, Brown University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Converse College, Furman University, Harvard University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, United States Military Academy at West Point, University of Alabama, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, Washing and Lee University, Wofford College, and Yale University.
Junior Scholar and Junior Fellow Awards
Each year, various state Colleges and Universities reach out to AC Flora, seeking to honor high school juniors who exhibit potential. Criteria varies by school but usually includes strong academics, leadership, involvements in extracurricular activities, and community service. Some criteria also includes a minimum GPA, as well as standardized test score. Criteria for each Junior Scholar or Junior Fellow Awards Program, as well as benefits of being recognized as a Scholar, can be found on the College or University's website.
At the 2015-2016 Awards Program, we recognized Junior Scholars or Junior Fellows for Coker College, Columbia College, Converse College, Erskine College, Furman University, Lander University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina - Aiken, University of South Carolina - Upstate, and Wofford College.
Each year, with the assistance of AC Flora's Administration, the Principal selects students in grades 9-11 to receive one of four Principal's Awards.
Falcon Hero Medal - Awarded to students who overcame adversity and continue to contribute positively to the school community.
Falcon Service Medal - Awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding service in school to their teachers, peers, and in the community. They participate in extracurricular activities and demonstrate a willingess to help others, often individually or through a variety of service.
Principal's Award (Star Trophy) - Awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, school involvement, leadership, community service, athletics, and character. These students possess all of the characteristics we seek to teach and encourage in all of our students at AC Flora.
Spirit of the Falcon Award (Falcon Trophy) - Awarded to students who have demonstrated superior overall contributions and excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, community service, and to the school.
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