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February 21, 2014

Varsity scholars = academic excellence

Rushville Consolidated High School can be proud of the many teams that excel within its walls. However, the team known as Varsity Scholars raises the bar when it comes to maintaining academic strength and determination. Because of the firm belief in the value of academic excellence and the importance of providing an incentive for “good grades,” the Varsity Scholars program was created.

The first year Varsity Scholars came into being was during the 1992-93 school year. That year, 52 qualifying seniors flew to Freeport (Bahamas) for the day. Two qualifying seniors elected to receive a savings bond instead of the trip.

The Varsity Scholars program recognizes freshmen and sophomores that have maintained a 3.5 GPA (cumulative) with a Certificate of Recognition during the annual RCHS Honors Day Program. Juniors and seniors must maintain a 3.25 GPA (cumulative). Juniors are recognized with a Certificate of Recognition during the annual RCHS Honors Day Program and seniors are afforded the ultimate recognition of a day trip to a selected destination (or they receive a $100 cash award). Students must apply to the program each year and will be subject to review of their citizenship record. Items considered include attendance and discipline.

And now, after 21 years, the Varsity Scholars program continues to grow and flourish. This year, 54 seniors have qualified for a day drip to Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., on April 30. Of that group, 48 students will be making the trip. The cost of this trip is paid for strictly by donations (no school funds are used). This year, the estimated cost is $425 per student. In 2013, 48 financial sponsors stepped up to say well done and make the Varsity Scholars trip possible. Without their most generous gifting, this trip would not be possible. While their gift of dollars is important, we are keenly aware that they too value the efforts put forth by this team of academic achievers.

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