• H O N O R  D E S I G N AT I O N S

    THE WEARING OF THE MEDALLION

    designates that the student is the Valedictorian

    of the graduating class. This student has earned the

    highest cumulative numeric average for all four

    years of high school.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE MEDALLION

    designates that the student is the Salutatorian of

    the graduating class. This student has earned the

    second highest cumulative numeric average for all

    four years of high school.

     

    LATIN HONORS  All graduates are

    eligible to earn Latin Honors recognition which

    is based on high academic achievement utilizing

    a student’s grade point average. Latin Honor graduates were a white stole.

    The term Cum Laude is a Latin term that means With Honor

    and is widely used by high schools, colleges,

    and universities in the United States beginning at

    Harvard College in 1869. There are three honors

    bestowed on graduates, including Cum Laude,

    With Honor, for students with a GPA between 3.63

    and 3.79, Magna Cum Laude With Great Honor,

    for students with a GPA between 3.8 and 3.99,

    and Summa Cum Laude, With Greatest Honor, for

    students with a GPA of 4.0 and higher. Students

    are awarded a white satin Latin Honor sash and

    an additional tassel to attach to their Mortarboard

    to indicate the honor. Cum Laude wears white,

    Magna Cum Laude wears Silver, and Summa Cum

    Laude wears Gold. 

     

    THE WEARING OF THE GREEN AND

    GOLD CORD designates a member

    of the National Beta Club whose qualifications

    mandate that a student maintains a 3.0 cumulative

    grade point average for the student’s four years of

    high school and meets the community service and

    participation requirements of the Ola High School

    Beta Club Chapter for a minimum of two years.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE ROYAL

    BLUE STOLE with the emblem of the

    National Honor Society designates that the

    student is a member of the Ola High School

    Chapter of the National Honor Society, the

    nation’s premier organization established to

    recognize outstanding high school students.

    Members achieve high standards of scholarship

    by maintaining a 3.75 grade point average,

    perform a minimum of 10 service hours a year,

    and demonstrate excellence in the areas of

    scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

    These characteristics have been associated

    with membership in the organization since its

    beginning in 1921.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE ROYAL

    BLUE AND GOLD CORD  designates

    the student was inducted into The International

    Thespian Society, an honor society for high school

    and middle school theatre students. It is a division

    of the Educational Theatre Association and

    membership is based on points. Students earn

    points by participating in school and community

    theatrical productions: one point for every ten hours

    of work. To become a Thespian, a student must earn

    ten points, the equivalent of one hundred hours of

    work. Honor Thespians have earned 60 points.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE RED AND

    GOLD CORD designates that a student

    was inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria

    Hispanica, an honor society for high school

    students enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese

    and sponsored by the American Association of

    Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE BLUE AND

    YELLOW CORD WITH CHARM 

    designates that the student received a state

    degree from Georgia FFA and completed a

    Supervised Agriculture Experience of 350 hours or

    more, participated in more than 5 events above

    the local level, and served 75 hours of community

    service through FFA.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE RED,

    WHITE, AND BLUE CORD 

    designates that the senior serves as a member

    of the Student Government Association and has

    been recognized for outstanding leadership and

    service to the school and community. The honoree

    must have been in SGA for two years, an officer

    for one of those years, and met all attendance,

    grade, behavior, and service requirements outlined

    in SGA Constitution and Code of Conduct.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE BLUE AND

    GOLD CORD WITH CHARM 

    designates the student is a member of the Quill

    and Scroll International Honorary Society for High

    School Journalists, has an excellent academic

    record, completed at least 2 years of a scholastic

    journalism course, and has proven commitment

    to scholastic journalism through participation

    and leadership in a variety of journalism-related

    opportunities.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE PURPLE

    CORD designates that the student is named

    an Advanced Placement Scholar. This student

    achieved a score of 3 or higher on three or more

    Advanced Placement examinations.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE PURPLE AND

    WHITE INTERWOVEN CORD 

    designates that the student is named an Advanced

    Placement Scholar with Honor. This student

    achieved an average score of 3.25 or higher on

    four or more Advanced Placement examinations.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE WHITE

    AND RED INTERWOVEN CORD 

    designates that the student is named an Advanced

    Placement Scholar with Distinction. This student

    achieved an average score of 3.5 on all Advanced

    Placement examinations and a score of 3 or higher

    on five or more of these examinations.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE PURPLE

    AND SILVER CORD reflects

    membership in the National Technical Honor

    Society. Membership is granted to Career,

    Technology, and Agriculture Education pathway

    completers with a Career/Technical grade point

    average of 3.0. Members must have maintained

    a focus on career opportunities; be a member

    of one of the Career Tech Student Organizations

    (FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA); have a personal

    commitment to workforce excellence and uphold

    the National Technical Honor Society standards

    of conduct.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE RED,

    WHITE, AND BLUE CORD 

    designates that the student is an honor student in

    HOSA: Future Health Professionals whose mission

    is to enhance the delivery of compassionate,

    quality health care by providing opportunities for

    knowledge, skill and leadership development of

    all health science technology education students,

    therefore, helping students to meet the needs

    of the health care community. The student must

    serve as a Chapter or state officer, place in the top

    10 at the State Leadership Conference, attend

    the National Leadership Conference, take three

    years of Healthcare Science and maintain an “A”

    throughout the course sequence.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE SILVER,

    ROYAL BLUE, AND BLACK

    CORD designates that the student

    participated in the Georgia Governor’s Honors

    Program. GHP is a residential summer program

    for gifted and talented high school students and

    offers instruction that is significantly different

    from the typical high school classroom. It

    provides students with academic, cultural, and

    social enrichment necessary to become the next

    generation of global critical thinkers, innovators,

    and leaders.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE RED, BLUE,

    AND GRAY CORD designates

    that the student is an honor graduate of TSA:

    Technology Student Association, a national

    student organization devoted exclusively to the

    needs of students engaged in science, technology,

    engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To receive

    this honor, students must meet criteria including

    serving as a TSA chapter officer, participating

    in State Leadership Conference and placing

    in the top 10 finishers for a competitive event,

    attending at least two events during the year,

    attending a minimum of five meetings in the

    current year, maintaining an average of 90 in

    engineering courses, and be a pathway completer

    with a minimum score of 75% End of Pathway

    Assessment. Students must meet a minimum of

    five out of the six criteria.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE GREEN AND

    WHITE CORD designates that the

    student served as a Junior Marshal the previous

    year. Junior Marshal status is conferred

    upon the top ten (10) students of the Junior

    class based on the cumulative weighted numeric

    average earned by the third (3rd) grading period

    of their junior year. Marshals provide support to

    the senior sponsors, the faculty, and the staff in the

    preparation and execution of all senior events.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE RAINBOW

    CORD designates that the student

    was inducted into the National Art Honor

    Society. In 1978, the National Art Education

    Association began the NAHS program to inspire

    and recognize students who have shown an

    outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS

    strives to aid members in attaining the highest

    standards in art scholarship, character, and service,

    and to bring art education to the attention of the

    school and community. Graduates must maintain

    an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE PINK CORD

    designates the student was inducted into

    the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is a program

    of the National Association for Music Education,

    which focuses on creating future leaders in music

    education and music advocacy. Tri-M members

    must be enrolled in at least one music class, have

    a 2.0 GPA in their core classes, and a 3.0 in the

    music class(es), and be of strong character.

     

    THE WEARING OF THE DEEP

    BLUE AND VIBRANT GOLD CORD

    designates the student was inducted into

    the National English Honor Society, an honor

    society open to high school students who have

    demonstrated exceptional ability in such areas

    as literary analysis, media studies, composition,

    linguistic study, and creative writing. To be

    considered for membership, students must have

    earned at least 2 credits of English and achieved

    a final unweighted grade of 95 or higher in both

    courses.