Hamilton High School senior Flora Zeng was nominated to compete in the national Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) scholarship program sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) funded by Herff Jones, Inc.
Hamilton Principal David Furrer announced the nomination that places Zeng in the national competition. Zeng is in the running to be selected one of 150 national PLA winners chosen this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.
“Flora is a talented and energetic student who uses every opportunity to learn and develop as a student and as a competent, thoughtful member of society,” Furrer said. “Flora has continuously sought out a challenging education and has achieved tremendous success. She also identified the need for more volunteer opportunities in her community and was instrumental in establishing a local chapter of the Leo Club of which she serves as president.”
High school principals from across the country could nominate one of their student leaders. Zeng was selected based on her leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs; achievements in the arts and sciences; employment experience; and academic record. She also was required to write an essay.
In recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities as well as academic performance, the PLA scholarship recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education. Co-curricular activities are an essential part of the school curriculum. NASSP administers the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society and the National Association of Student Councils.