Alyse Lysgaard of Las Vegas, Nevada a senior and member of the Laurel Springs School National Honor Society, has been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society scholarship. The National Honor Society is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Marilyn Mosley, founder and executive director of Laurel Springs School today announced the nomination, which places Lysgaard in the national competition. This year the program will once again award $200,000 in college scholarships. As a feature for the 2008 program, special recognition and additional awards will be presented to state and regional winners, along with the selection of one national recipient who will receive a $13,000 award.

"We are proud to have one of our top tennis players also achieve such great things in the classroom," said USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. "With great tennis and great gardes that often leads to a great college scholarship."

High school National Honor Society chapters from across the country were eligible to nominate two senior high members to compete. Nominees were selected based on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs; achievements in the arts and sciences; employment experience; and academic record. They also were required to write an essay.

"Students nominated for the NHS scholarship not only demonstrate academic excellence, but also excel in the areas of service, leadership, and character," said David Cordts, associate director, NHS.

In recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities as well as academic performance, the NHS scholarship recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education. Co-curricular activities are an essential part of the school curriculum.

"Alyse works real hard on the tennis court, and it is great to see she is working equally as hard in the classroom," said her coach Adam Carey.

Alyse trains 4 hours a day at the NO QUIT tennis Academy at Lorenzi park, in addition to private lessons with Carey and Andre Agassis father Mike Agassi. "Alyse is always one of the hardest workers on the court," said NO QUIT Academy Director Tim Blenkiron. "Her academic achievments make us all proud."

A home school student athlete she started home schooling to give her the time needed to both train at a high level athletically still allowing her the time to perform at a high elvel academically. While at Laurel Springs School, Lysgaard has served as the Inaugural President of the Laurel Springs NHS Chapter her Junior year; has been re-elected as President of the NHS her Senior year; is currently an Intermountain (Southern Nevada) tournament tennis player; is involved in mentoring programs; and involved in several service projects including Leadership for Earth, Character Reflections and other volunteerism opportunities. She plans to study Sociology in college.

NASSP, the preeminent school leadership organization, serves as the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyT, National Junior Honor SocietyT, National Elementary Honor SocietyT and the National Association of Student CouncilsT. For more information, visit www.principals.or
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