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 1992-1993 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, Florida.. Of that group 48 students (and five chaperones) made the trip. It was an early day for these folks as they left Rushville at 4 a.m. to catch a 7:15 a.m. flight to Ft. Myers. The group had the opportunity to walk the beach, hunt for shells, walk out to the pier to see dolphins, parasail, jet ski, play beach volleyball and shop for souvenirs.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer for Rush County Schools