Two seniors nominated for leadership awards

Megan Langland

Megan Langland

Oakville High School senior Megan Langland and Mehlville High School senior Madelaine Schmitt have been nominated to compete in the national Principal’s Leadership Award scholarship program.

The program is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Herff Jones Inc. funds the PLA program.

Oakville High Principal Bill Scheffler and Mehlville High Principal Vince Viviano nominated a student leader from their respective schools.

Langland and Schmitt were selected based on their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience and academic record, according to a district news release. They also were required to write an essay.

“Every year, the nominees for the Principal’s Leadership Award are just phenomenal, and Megan and Madelaine are no different,” NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi stated in the release. “These young ladies are excellent examples of what a true student leader embodies.”

By recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities, as well as academic performance, the PLA scholarship recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education.

Co-curricular activities are an essential part of the school curriculum, according to the release.

Langland and Schmitt now are placed in the national PLA competition with a chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship. The PLA will award those scholarships this spring to 100 students.