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Kyker State Service Project Award

Kyker State Service Project Award

In honor of Ardis Kyker, who for more than 20 years coordinated the state National Honor Society (NHS) association in Minnesota and served as a loyal and hard working supporter of the purposes of NHS and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), the national office is proud to award the Ardis Kyker Service Award. This annual award is open to any state NHS and/or NJHS association that perform a state service project.

  • Who can submit? Any state association of NHS and/or NJHS can submit a project description (per the content guidelines below).
  • How many awards are there? At present, one (1) national award winner is recognized each year. Presentation will be made at the national conference in November. It is strongly encouraged that an official representative of the state association be present to receive the award, however attendance is not mandatory.
  • What type of project can be submitted? Any formal and approved service project from the state association and done in the name of the state association can be submitted. Projects must be completed by the submission date. These can include, but are not limited to, projects done in conjunction with a state meeting or workshop or those that are distributed to the association membership for completion at the local level (and then reported back to the state).
  • How do we submit? Using the attached cover sheet, a representative of the state association should prepare a detailed summary of the project typed on 8½ x 11 paper using the rubric noted below as a guide. Photos may be submitted but must also be attached to the 8½ x 11 sheets. Email copies of photos and text are encouraged. All submissions become the property of the national office so please submit duplicate (not original) photos of your activity.
  • What rubric will be used for judging and selecting the recipient of the national award? (PIE)2
    1. Purpose: Were the purposes and goals well established, communicated, and did they conform to the guidelines for projects as found in the national handbook (Article XIV, Section 3)?
    2. Planning: How was the project planned? Who was responsible for the planning and when did it take place? How did this planning exemplify good planning techniques? How were student leaders engaged in this part of the project?
    3. Implementation: Was the project carried out in an organized and appropriate manner? Describe.
    4. Involvement: How many people/members/chapters were involved in the project and what was the time sequence/duration of the project? What percentage of your state association membership does this represent?
    5. Evaluation: How was the project evaluated and what were the results of that evaluation? Did you reach your established goals? Why or why not?
    6. Effect/Results/Impact: How would you describe the overall effect or impact of this state service project? Was it successful? If so, in what terms was it successful?
  • Who will judge? A committee chosen by the national office will review and select the national winner.