OGLE COUNTY (WIFR) -- Stillman Valley High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement, college, and capstone courses that students may elect to take. These courses further extend knowledge of a specific subject area, as well as prepare students for higher levels of education. Because there are so many benefits of taking these classes, it was decided that an incentive program should be created.
The Principal’s Student Advisory Council (PSAC) created the program during the 2012-2013 school year. “We wanted to reward students for taking difficult classes,” said senior PSAC member Sydney Gatz.
There are two levels of achievement in the Latin Honors Program- Cum Totus Factum (with total achievement) and Cum Altus Factum (with highest achievement). A student must meet certain criteria to be given the award. All students must meet or exceed standards on each area of the Prairie State Achievement Exam. They also must have demonstrated good citizenship by having no suspensions or acts of gross misconduct during their junior and senior years. In addition, to satisfy the requirements for the Cum Totus Factum level a student must have a GPA of at least 2.67 and pass at least two capstone or college courses. To be in the Cum Altus Factum category, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and pass at least four capstone or college courses.
“We wanted [the program] to be achievable for students, but not easy,” said junior PSAC member Andrew Mandzen
So far, the program has been a success. There were fifty-seven members of the class of 2013 that received a Latin Honors Award. The program has also affected those currently enrolled at SVHS.
“Students are now challenging themselves more in their studies,” said Gatz.
However, there is always room for improvement. The PSAC intends to continue to promote the program and to work with the faculty and staff to consistently remind students of the incentives the program provides.
“I would like to see even more kids get excited and work hard to receive the award,” said Mandzen.