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.
“I am not 100% sure on what I want to do in the future yet. I do know I am lucky enough to be moving out of my house after this summer to go to the North Carolina School of Science and Math next year. After that, I will probably go to college and study something STEM related. I also hope to have the opportunity to travel a lot during college and afterward! It has always been a dream of mine to backpack either the Camino De Santiago Trial in Spain or the Appalachian Trail here in the US, so hopefully, I’ll be able to do that one day!” –Marco A.
“Marco was a high flyer from Day 1. He started working and continued to work ahead of the pacing guide. He caught any typo/mistake in the class and found a way to graciously ask about it so that it could be brought to our attention but did not sound as if he was complaining there was an error. His work is top notch and impressive.” –Melissa Barnhart, NCVPS AP Calculus Teacher
Advice for Online Students
Keep working through examples, reading the notes, or watching videos until you are 100% confident in the material. So often in online classes, it is easy to just go through the notes and not actually take the time to understand them. This will become obvious during tests and quizzes when it is too late! So make sure that you understand the lessons by quizzing yourself throughout them. Also, don’t be scared to reach out and contact your teacher. They are there to help you and will make sure you understand the content.
My favorite website is probably the TED Talks website! I love watching TED videos as they are super interesting. A lot of the stuff that they publish is short, yet informative. Often times I can watch a video about something I have never even heard about on there, and by the end of the video, I am really interested in the topic.
Gadgets and Things
My favorite gadget is my trusty Chromebook! I like how Chromebooks function as a laptop but in a simple and user-friendly way.
One goal I had this semester was to improve upon my guitar playing and do well in school.
I am part of my school’s ski team and love to ski.
I enjoy audio books because they allow me to enjoy books during car rides. My 4 favorite books are 1984, Catcher in the Rye, A Walk in the Woods, and The Alchemist.
My favorite musician is Bob Dylan.
My 3 favorite movies are The Pursuit of Happiness, Into the Wild, and Good Will Hunting.
My mom is actually from Italy, and I still have family over there! I really enjoy going over there to see them every couple of years!
I have used NCVPS for most of my math classes since 7th grade. When I moved here from Washington State, part way through the year in 7th grade, I was taking Algebra 1, the North Carolina equivalent of Math 1. I was told that at my new middle school they did not offer Math 1 to 7th graders, so I would have to take it with NCVPS. I proceeded to do the same in 8th grade for Math 2. When I finished 9th grade, I was ready to sign up for AP Calculus next year. Unfortunately, my school did not offer the class I wanted to take, AP Calculus BC. Luckily, I remembered my time at NCVPS and was excited to find out they offered the course! Therefore, I went on to sign up for it the following year. Overall, ever since 7th grade, I have been fortunate enough to have NCVPS to allow me to take classes that are not normally offered at my school. I am very thankful for this opportunity NCVPS has given me!