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Union Academy Charter School (Monroe, North Carolina) Earns Level 1 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll Program

The newly instituted NFHS School Honor Roll is a national recognition program designed to
promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (www.NFHSLearn.com).
In earning Level 1 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Union Academy Charter
School completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”
“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Union Academy Charter School for taking this significant step in prioritizing professional development,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “These four courses will definitely help the coaches at Union Academy Charter High School to handle the daily challenges in high school sports and should serve as a challenge for other schools to follow their example.”
“I am beyond proud of our coaching staff at both the middle school and high school levels for
achieving the Level 1 status in the NFHS Honor Roll Program,” said Michelle Phifer, CIC, athletic director, Union Academy Charter School. “Our coaches are dedicated to not only improving the skills and drills on the field, but also improving themselves and coaching strategies. Many of our coaches have also completed additional courses through NFHS, setting Union Academy on the path to reaching Level 2 in the near future. The dedication and commitment of our coaching staff to our student-athletes, especially during such unprecedented times, is what I am most proud of as the athletic director. It is truly what Union Academy Charter School represents – character, challenge and commitment.”
As a physical sign of completing Level 1 certification, Union Academy Charter School will receive a large display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate its accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.
Schools can earn Level 2 status (and a Level 2 banner) on the NFHS School Honor Roll when
more than 90 percent of their coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”
A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the
“Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging
Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.
“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are
committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.
For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the
program, please visit https://nfhslearn.com/home/administrators.