by S. Purdom
Murray High School Students Selected for Commonwealth Honors Academy
Murray, Ky., May 7-------Murray High School juniors, Tiffany Parham and Natalie Adams were chosen as 2013 Commonwealth Honors Academy recipients.
Parham and Adams will stay on Murray State University’s campus this summer during CHA’s three-week academic, social and personal growth program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year. Parham and Adams will be attending CHA along with other outstanding high school students from the Commonwealth and surrounding region.
All students who applied for CHA were required to have a 3.5 GPA (on a 4-point scale) and 25 Composite ACT (or the equivalent PSAT, SAT or PLAN score). High school juniors throughout Kentucky as well as the Murray State University out-of-state service region were invited to apply.
The Academy differs from the traditional high school in its approach to learning and in the creation of a living-learning community. CHA offers students a chance to know and make friends with other enthusiastic, energetic students with high intellectual capacities. The interaction of students with different backgrounds is one of the most valuable aspects of the academy.
The mission of the CHA is to challenge, educate, enlighten, and nurture the next generation of civic, academic and business leaders of the region. To enhance the CHA mission, exceptional speakers, performers, films, interesting field trips, special events and recreational experiences offer students an array of stimulating activities that provide fun and enjoyment, as well as learning opportunities.
Upon completion of CHA, students receive six hours of university credit, have the opportunity to take three hours of tuition-free university courses at MSU during the subsequent fall and spring semesters and be awarded a four-year, $2,000 per year housing scholarship to attend MSU.
Teresa Speed, MHS principal, said she is extremely proud of Natalie and Tiffany. “Being a chosen recipient to represent our Murray High School at this prestigious summer program is a well-deserved honor for these individuals," she said. "I am very proud of their accomplishments and believe this opportunity illustrates the quality education our system provides our children on a daily basis."