Nelson has a rich tradition of recognizing students for their many contributions to life at Nelson. As part of that tradition, the Nelson Medals are awarded for outstanding involvement and success in at least four of the five major areas of school life: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Clubs and Activities, and Leadership. The minimum point requirement per category is 100 points. There is an application process that must be followed and the medals are awarded at Awards Night in the fall or at Commencement. All students are encouraged to “Go for the Gold!” by accumulating points throughout their high school career.

 Bronze Medal
1000 points are required
 Silver Medal
1500 points are required
 Gold Medal
2000 points are required


NELSON MEDALS ARE AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING INVOLVEMENT
AND SUCCESS IN AT LEAST FOUR OF THE FIVE MAJOR AREAS OF
SCHOOL LIFE:

  • ACADEMICS
  • ARTS
  • ATHLETICS
  • CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
  • LEADERSHIP

NOTE TO APPLICANTS

If you have participated in an activity or accomplished a task you feel deserves points but is not listed on this form:
  • attach a detailed, written outline of the achievement
  • obtain a staff signature to validate your report
  • approximately 5 points per hour of involvement is used as a guideline
Be prepared to defend your claim if asked to appear before the Nelson Medals Committee.


WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FIRST TWO ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE ACADEMICS CATEGORY ONLY, MEDAL POINTS ARE EARNED FOR NELSON EXTRACURRICULAR/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES. YOU MUST ATTAIN A 60% AVERAGE IN THE YEAR OF APPLICATION FOR A MEDAL.

GUIDELINES

1. Applicants must accumulate points in at least four of the five categories.
2. Minimum point requirement per category is 100 points.
3. Applicants must submit fully-completed application forms for these awards (available in the Student Services office from Mrs.Raithby) by June 1 st .
4. Where a range of possible points is indicated for an activity, the applicant’s allotment will be determined by the Supervisor/Advisor. (5 pts./hr. of involvement is used as a guideline)
5. The Nelson Medal Committee, in consultation with appropriate personnel, are the final arbiters of the awards
6. The following types of activities are NOT ELIGIBLE for medal points:
a) activities/projects which are part of a course where credit is granted.
b) tasks which are considered a normal expectation of a role or of membership in a group.


CATEGORY 1 - ACADEMICS

   (maximum points)
Honour Society member/per semester 75
Ontario Scholar 75
In-school Subject Proficiency Award 50
Academic Competitions beyond the school:
(eg. language contest, Skills Olympics, Science Olympics, math contests,School Reach, Academic Challenge, etc.)
 
>team member/participant
25-50
 >individual award
25 
 >Halton award/Champion
25 
 >awards at Regional, Provincial, National levels
25 each
Essay/Creative Arts Competition Award 25-50 
Special Recognition in Math or Science Contests 25-50 
School Representative at academic conference/camp/program  25-75
School-Initiated Exchange participant  25-75 

CATEGORY 2 - ARTS

 A. Major Production and/or Sears Drama  
 lead role 
150
 supporting cast
50-100
 stage manager 
125
 pit musician 
100
 auditorium crew 
50-100
 other crew/support 
50-75
 B. Sears Drama Festival  
 writer
100-125
 editor
25-100
 director
50-125
 Merit Award (at any level)
25 each
 Excellence Award (at any level)
50 each
regional festival performance
25
provincial festival appearance
25 
C. Music  
 Junior Band member(non-credit)
50
 Junior Band member(credit course)
25
 Senior Band member
100
 Choir member
100
 Ensemble member
100
 Competition Award (local, regional, higher)
25 each
 Major Tour Group member
25
 Ad Hoc Group member (e.g. Hallway Band, Spirit Band)
25
D. Other Stage Performance (Extracurricular)  
 (eg. Variety Show act, major special assembly role) 25
 Acting Out One Act Play Festival
100-150
E. Art, Technical & Literary Work   
Nelson Art Show organization/set-up
25-50
work published in school (newsletter, yearbook, collection)
25
work displayed or published outside school
25
F. Nelson Dance Lords  100 

CATEGORY 3 - ATHLETICS

Team Member (playing Halton league schedule):  
senior/open
100
 junior 
100
 midget 
75 
 Team Member, Non-league sports 50-100
 Team Most Valuable Player Award 25
 Achievement Points:  
 Halton finalist
25 
 Halton champion
25 
 GHAC champion
25
 Regional qualifier (not as Halton or GHAC champion)
25 
 Regional champion
25 
 OFSAA qualifier
25 
 OFSAA champion
50 
 Team manager/statistician
25-50 
 Intramural participant
20 
 Official/Scorer
10-40 
 Coach-Midget Team
50-150 
 Assistant Coach
50-150 

CATEGORY 4 - CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Student Athletic Association member 25-75 
Other Active Club/Organization member (eg. Art Club, Biology Club, Book Club, Cooking Club, DECA,
Environment Club, Spectrum, etc) 

25-75 
Other “Ongoing” Committee member (eg. Be the Change, Interact, Nelson Medals, School Reach, etc.) 
25-75
“Events Committee” member (eg. Gr. 9 Orientation, Grad)  25-75 
Nelson Representative to a committee/group outside the school (eg. Student Senate, PEACE, etc.) 
25-50 
P.A. Announcer  25-75 
Auditorium Tech. Crew  25-75 
Special Event Volunteer (eg. Commencement Committee, Feeder School Speaker, Parents’ Night, etc) 
10-25 
Other In-school volunteering (specify on application)  10-50 

CATEGORY 5 - LEADERSHIP

Student Executive position 150-300 
Student Activity Council member 100-150 
Organizer of school-wide activity 100-150 
Student Athletic Association Executive member 100-300 
Music Council 100-150 
Drama Council 100-150 
Other Student Organization Executive (e.g. Be the Change, Interact, etc.) 
75-150 
**New in September 2014** N.H.S. Delegate (from any leadership group) 75-125 
The Nelson Times Editor 50-100 
Departmental ClinicVolunteer/Tutor (non-credit) 25-200 
Student Coach/Club Organizer/Consultant 50-150 
Athletic Team Captain 25-50 
LINK Commissioner (non-credit)  50 
LINK Commissioner (credit course) 25 
Charity Month Chairperson 100 
Service Trip (e.g. El Salvador) 50-150 
*Special Leadership Initiative (attach description and staff validation to application) 
25-100