The NCVPS Super Student Award is for students who have gone above and beyond the course requirements and as a result have enriched the content, class dynamic, their own learning, their classmates’ learning, and even their teacher’s learning.
“Kelsey always goes above and beyond on their work in the course. On simple activities, such as a discussion post, Kelsey does phenomenal research. She cites her sources and articulates her points on the post. She also provides great feedback to her classmates’ posts as well! On top of her coursework, Kelsey regularly checks in with me and updates me on her out of school activities that she participates in. Kelsey is an aspiring guitarist and is currently learning American Sign Language. She is also enrolled in an astounding EIGHT college-level courses (7 IB courses and this AP course). She is a wonderful student; congratulations Kelsey!” –Doug Zywiol, NCVPS AP Government and Politics instructor
“NCVPS has really given me a sense of independence regarding learning. I took Honors Chemistry online last year, and I’m now taking AP U.S. Government and Politics. I feel like I have a really thorough understanding of these classes now because of how much work I’ve had to put in on my own. Also, I’m now better at managing my time and effort in my face-to-face classes!” –Kelsey Q.
Advice for Online Students
Taking classes you’re genuinely interested in is helpful. I really care about both of the subjects I’ve taken online (they’re my two favorites), which has helped me stay motivated and see the importance of the classes.
I spend a lot of my time online on Twitter. It’s a good place to find funny, lighthearted posts as well as serious, informative ones regarding current events (as long as they come from reliable sources)! Also, I always see a diverse range of people with varying interests and perspectives on there.
Gadgets and Things
I like using my laptop because I can easily use it for both fun and schoolwork.
The Future Kelsey
I hope to go to college to study political science. I’m very passionate about the way government works (which is part of the reason why I’m in AP Government right now), and I’d love to study it further and later pursue a career involving it!
I play four instruments. I’m most serious about guitar (since I’ve played it for about ten years), but I also play bass guitar, piano, and ukulele just for fun.
I honestly can’t choose one favorite book, since I’m constantly reading new ones. However, the last one I read was 1984 by George Orwell. I definitely prefer printed books.
My favorite band has been Fall Out Boy since I was fairly young; I love a wide range of music, from metal to folk to alternative pop!
I’ve recently been watching Black Mirror on Netflix. I think it’s really original and thought-provoking.
Sample of Kelsey’s Work
[from AP Government’s Discussion Board]
“. . . . Today, the powers of Congress that are the most important are very different. We’re no longer obsessed with the fear of tyranny, because we have faith in our system of checks and balances. Plus, we know from centuries of experience that our government has enough power to carry out its duties, so we’re also less worried about that. Currently, we focus more on Congress’s powers to regulate foreign trade, declare war, and (still) to raise an army/navy. We Americans have partially shifted our focus from domestic issues to foreign ones. Constantly, we hear concerns or disputes over the size of our army/navy, how involved we should get in foreign conflicts, and how positive our relations with certain countries (like North Korea, Syria, and Russia) are. The most important power of Congress today, however, is the ability to use implied powers. Without the elastic clause, Congress would be completely limited to its expressed powers. As times change and new issues that the founding fathers couldn’t fathom (like technological ones) arise, it’s imperative that Congress can adapt and make relevant laws without having to completely amend the Constitution every time . . . . “