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ABOUT 2018-09-19T15:31:33+00:00

NOMINATION INFO

Pathfinder nominees are chosen by their schools in the fall of each year.
Nominees then submit their Pathfinder application to us in mid-January
Pathfinder interviews take place in March
The Pathfinder ceremony is in May

Awards Ceremony:
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts West Palm Beach

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CATEGORIES

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

To the student with the most outstanding comprehensive scholastic record, regardless of specialty. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which the candidates discuss their career plans and personal aspirations.

ART

To the student who has shown the greatest promise for a career in visual arts, including fashion design. Judging will be based on three samples of the nominees’ prior work – the samples should show a variety of the students’ art. Sketchbooks and/or journals should also be presented. Judges will study the art and then interview the candidates with regard to their creative process and interpretation of the works, as well as their career plans and personal aspirations. Photos of artwork should be included with nominee packet and application.

BUSINESS

To the student who has shown the greatest promise for a career in management or marketing, as opposed to a clerical or general office career. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which the candidates discuss their career plans and personal aspirations.

COMMUNICATIONS

To the student who has shown the greatest promise for a career in communications, including communications/graphic art, journalism, public relations and TV/filmmaking. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work. TV/film and digital/graphic design students will be required to submit a sample of their work on CD along with the nomination packet. All candidates will be interviewed and will discuss their career plans and personal aspirations.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

To the student who has achieved outstanding results in meeting the needs of the community outside of school. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which candidates discuss volunteerism and ways in which volunteers can help their community.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

To the student who has shown the most outstanding achievement in the study of computer science. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and accomplishments and on interviews in which the candidates demonstrate their proficiency to the judges.

DRAMA

To the student who has shown the greatest promise for a career in drama. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior performances and participation in school and/or community productions, as well as on an individual performance before the judges. Performance should be no longer than 5 minutes.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

To the student who has shown the greatest proficiency in the speaking and writing of a non-native, spoken language. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which the candidates demonstrate their spoken language proficiency to the judges. English and American Sign Language do not apply.

FORENSICS/SPEECH

To the student with the most outstanding personal record in public speaking or forensic competition. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior record and on an individual performance before the judges. Nominees may choose their own subject and material for the performance. Performance should be no longer than 5 minutes.

HISTORY/POLITICAL SCIENCE

To the student with the best record in either history, political science or both, including the general study of and participation in government. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which nominees must demonstrate mastery of a historical or political science subject. Candidates may choose their own subject for the interview.

LITERATURE

To the student who has shown the most outstanding achievement in either the appreciation of literature and/ or creative writing, including poetry. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which the candidates discuss the particular aspect of literature or writing in which they have concentrated their work.

MATHEMATICS

To the student who has shown the most outstanding achievement in math or one of the applied
sciences. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior accomplishments and on interviews in which candidates discuss their specialty.

MUSIC/INSTRUMENTAL

To the student who has shown the greatest instrumental musical talent, regardless of musical style, in composition, performance or both. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on an individual instrumental performance (limited to 4 minutes) before the judges. Composers will need to include copies of their composition with their nomination. A piano will be available for all interviews.

MUSIC/VOCAL

To the student who has shown the greatest vocal talent, regardless of musical style, in composition, performance or both. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior work and on an individual vocal performance (limited to 4 minutes) before the judges. Composers will need to include copies of their vocal composition with their nomination. It is suggested that nominees bring an accompanist. A piano will be available.

REACH FOR EXCELLENCE

To the student who has a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for that diagnosis during their high school years and has excelled academically despite this disability. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior and continuing achievements and on a personal interview in which the candidates will discuss their career plans and personal aspirations.

SCIENCE

To the student who has shown the most outstanding achievement in the study of a natural science. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior accomplishments, without regard to their career plans, and on interviews in which candidates discuss their specialty.

SPORTS

To the student with the most outstanding combination of athletic accomplishments and scholastic achievements. Judging will be based on nominees’ prior accomplishments and on interviews in which candidates discuss the role of academics in today’s college athletic programs.

TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL/ AGRICULTURAL
To the student who has shown the greatest promise for a career in one of the disciplines offered through their school Choice Program or from a technical education center. These disciplines may include agriculture, architecture/construction, automotive, culinary arts, early childhood/teacher education, electronics, health occupations, hospitality or industrial education. Judging will be based on the nominees’ prior work and on interviews in which the candidates discuss their career plans and personal aspirations.

Pathfinders is partially funded by the N&DS Franklin Fund,
a permanent endowment left to Pathfinders to fund scholarships in perpetuity