Arizona Virtual Academy First Virtual School in U.S. to Establish a National Junior Honor Society Chapter

School will Induct 33 Students in Grades 6-8, from 21 Arizona Communities

U.S. Congressman Jeff Flake, of AZ's Sixth Congressional District,

to Address the Inductees

Feb 03, 2005, 00:00 ET from Arizona Virtual Academy

    TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, February 12th, the
 Arizona Virtual Academy will become the first virtual school in the country to
 induct a semester of students into the National Junior Honor Society.
     "Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is one of the highest
 honors that can be awarded to a middle school student," remarked Mary Gifford,
 program director of the Arizona Virtual Academy.  "We are thrilled to provide
 this mark of distinction to our most deserving students and to bring their
 accomplishments to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and community."
     The AZVA joins 5,000 middle level schools across the nation.  No student
 is inducted simply because of high academic standards.  There are five ideals
 used as the basis for student selection into the AZVA National Junior Honor
 Society chapter, which include scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship
 and character.
     Date/Time:     Saturday, February 12, 2005
     Location:      New School for the Arts High School Auditorium
                    (1216 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe, AZ)
     Special Guest: Congressman Jeff Flake, of Arizona's Sixth Congressional
                    District, will address the inductees
     Arizona Virtual Academy 2004-2005 First Semester NJHS Inductees:
     C. Albertson, Tucson
     Dakota Arnold, Tombstone
     Dominic Blanchard, Flagstaff
     Katherine Butler, Phoenix
     Caitlin Chadwick, Phoenix
     Roxanne Coyer, Tucson
     Drew Danner, Crown King
     Colleen Fellars, Phoenix
     Eric Fricke, Scottsdale
     Paul Gossett, El Mirage
     Jessica Hansen, Tucson
     K. Keene, Tucson
     Bryant Knudsen, Marana
     M. Kothe, Ahwatukee
     R. Lee, St. David
     Taylor Lewis, Flagstaff
     Emma McMahon, Oro Valley
     Christian Miller, Yuma
     Kent Paulsen, Scottsdale
     Scarlett Pound, Paradise Valley
     Ian Quaid, Cave Creek
     Kyrie Quaid, Cave Creek
     Niel Reynolds, Tucson
     Scott Riggs, Tucson
     St. Schaeffer, Oro Valley
     V. Small, Scottsdale
     Brian Szanto, Scottsdale
     B. Tanner, Glendale
     Vanessa VanDemark, Sedona
     Mitchell Vining, Yuma
     Allison Weidemann, Gilbert
     Sam Wiltbank, Snowflake
     The Arizona Virtual Academy ( offers an innovative
 public education option in Arizona.  In AZVA, students work at home with a
 parent or responsible adult and receive instruction and guidance from
 certified public school teachers who operate remotely.  Currently serving
 hundreds of students across the state in kindergarten through eighth grade,
 AZVA is committed to ensuring each child receives the tools, attention, and
 resources to ensure they are receiving the highest quality education.

SOURCE Arizona Virtual Academy