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.
“A goal I had this semester was to start a peer assistance organization at my face-to-face high school. I was inspired by the volunteer work I do through the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center’s Virtual Buddy Program (I’m the program’s student leader), and I believed that a similar service providing help with studying, time management, and other important skills could really benefit students at my school. We had about ten peer volunteers and ten students involved in Hoggard Peer Partnership program this year and about twenty new volunteer applications for next year! Starting and developing the program has been an incredible learning experience for me, and I’m very excited to continue growing this program over the next couple years. I wrote an article about my program’s development for the Peer Tutoring Center’s blog TutorTalk. You can read the article here.” –Elizabeth M.
“Elizabeth is a Peer Tutor and the Lead Virtual Buddy for the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center (PTC) where she makes a difference in NCVPS students’ lives every day. She was appointed to the position of Lead Virtual Buddy at the end of her 8th-grade year because of her initiative, commitment to the PTC and exemplary written and oral communication skills. She will be presenting along with an Instructional Leader from the PTC at the Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement in March on the topic “Engaging Students with Peer Provided Support.” Not only is she serving our NCVPS student body, she is also making a difference at her brick-and-mortar school where she recently started a Peer Partners program. I don’t know how she does all of this and how she maintains high standards in her courses, but I am thankful NCVPS and our students are able to benefit from her many talents!” –Crystal Pullen, NCVPS 2016 Teacher of the Year, PTC Instructional Leader
I took my first NCVPS classes, World History and Earth and Environmental Science, when I was in eighth grade in order to earn some high school credits before I entered high school. This was a great opportunity for me because it gave me flexibility in planning out my high school schedule.
Once I entered high school, I wanted to study Mandarin Chinese, but the language is not offered at my face-to-face school. Thankfully, NCVPS offers all four levels of Mandarin. I took Mandarin 1 as a freshman as a fifth class outside of my regular school day. I’m currently taking Mandarin 3 Honors. I’ve learned a lot from my NCVPS Mandarin courses, and I’ve really enjoyed them. Taking NCVPS classes has also given my ninth and tenth-grade schedules greater flexibility.
Advice to Online Students
Make sure you understand your online instructor’s policies, especially related to turning in late work, formatting assignments, and retaking assignments and quizzes. Understanding your instructor’s expectations is an easy way to improve your grades. Read the daily announcements too. You’ll get a lot more out of your online course; many teachers post additional information and notes related to the course or ways to get extra help with course content.
I use the Internet every day to further my education. In addition to working on my NCVPS course, I use the web to do research for my face-to-face classes. http://www.ncwiseowl.org/ is my hub for finding what I need to do good research. It has everything from copyright free multimedia content, a citation maker, and online encyclopedias. I make most of my papers and projects using Google Drive. I really like that I can work on my files almost anywhere without having to worry about a flash drive. Google Drive also autosaves your work. The collaboration feature of Google Drive is great for working on group projects.
I also use Khan Academy a lot; it has tons of great resources and practice questions for almost every subject. I use Khan Academy to prepare for the PSAT and SAT, and it has helped me study for Chemistry and AP Statistics too. Another resource I like to use while studying is the CrashCourse YouTube channel, hosted by John and Hank Green. They make videos covering several subjects, all with a humorous twist. Desmos and Mathway are great online calculators; they come in handy when I don’t have access to my graphing calculator.
Like most teenagers, I also enjoy social media platforms. My favorites are Twitter and Reddit; I use these sites to get updates on my favorite celebrities and events happening in my area. Outside of social media, I spend time catching up on the news on the internet; reading reviews of books, movies, and games; and getting updates from my favorite authors on their websites.
Gadgets and Things
I use my laptop and iPod Touch on a daily basis, mostly for the reasons I mentioned above. They both make it so easy to contact other people through text or email. I also use them to access Pandora Radio to listen to music.
The Future Elizabeth
I plan on going to college, but what I will choose as my major remains to be seen! I have many potential career ideas at the moment, from economic policy to healthcare to business administration. In the near future, I want to continue exploring my academic interests in school and find an internship opportunity so I can further investigate my career options.
I wrote one of the winning entries for the New York Times 2016 Year in Rap Contest in January. You can read my entry here under the entry by Elizabeth M.
This is such a difficult question! I love to read books from all sorts of genres and authors, but my favorite author right now is definitely Brandon Sanderson. He writes the most amazing fantasy and science fiction novels, blending mystery and political intrigue into all his works. The worlds he creates in his novels are vivid, and the characters within these worlds feel real and relatable.
I definitely prefer printed books over ebooks.
I like different artists for different situations. I listen to Top 40 hits when I need to focus for long periods of time, and I listen to artists like Bastille and Walk the Moon to relax. I also really like Panic! At the Disco, New Politics, and BORNS.
Favorite TV Show
I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. regularly, and I am continuously excited for the release of the next Marvel film. Of all the Marvel movies out right now, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange have probably been my favorites.
I also enjoy the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox and the movies We Bought a Zoo and Moonrise Kingdom.
More About Elizabeth
I also love writing utensils of all sorts. I’ve been collecting wood pencils (I have over 400!) since elementary school, but recently my collection has expanded to include mechanical pencils and pens.