Columbia Adventist Academy Student Nominated for Principal's Leadership Award

November 01, 2003 | Dave Allen

Chase Hendrickson, a Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) senior, has been nominated to compete in the national Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) scholarship program, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Berit von Pohle, CAA principal, announced the nomination, which places Hendrickson in the national competition. One hundred fifty national PLA winners will be chosen this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.

High school principals from across the country could nominate one of their student leaders based on leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience and academic record. Von Pohle characterized Hendrickson by saying, “Chase is a natural leader. Whether in an elected position, or in everyday life, students and adults look to him for leadership.”

While at CAA, Hendrickson was freshman and sophomore class treasurer and junior and senior class president. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a church youth group leader. Hendrickson has also served as an outdoor school counselor and has been on mission trips to Honduras and Kentucky. He has balanced these activities by playing on the soccer and basketball teams.

He plans to attend Walla Walla College next school year to study engineering.