The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) and DECA Recognize Exemplary Educators

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, announces today the recipients of the NSHSS – DECA Advisor Leadership Award.

This award program is dedicated to recognizing outstanding DECA advisors who model best practices in teaching, are role models among their peers, and who demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education. NSHSS and DECA have a long-standing tradition of recognizing world class individuals who are preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for successful futures.

The NSHSS – DECA Advisor Leadership Awards were presented at the DECA International Career Conference, April 23 – 26, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

The 2016 NSHSS – DECA Advisor Leadership Award Winners are:

  • Joshua Dumas – Maplewood Comprehensive High School Nashville, Tenn.
  • Amanda Weishaar – Pinkerton Academy Derry, N.H.

“NSHSS is proud to partner with DECA to salute the contributions of these exemplary educators,” said James W. Lewis, president of NSHSS. “We know that behind every student, there are dedicated educators who go the extra mile to ensure that students are achieving their dreams and reaching their potential. These teachers are committed to getting students involved in service, improving their academics and pursuing opportunities that will help them accomplish their future professional goals.”

“DECA's teachers (advisors) are critical to our program success. As such, we are committed to providing them with high quality instructional resources and professional development. The NSHSS Scholarship recognizes their commitment to DECA and quality teaching. It also provides access to programs that support the very best student outcomes,” stated John Fistolera, assistant executive director, corporate and external affairs of DECA.

About the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, 

internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. To help us further efforts that provide students with continued opportunity, please acknowledge NSHSS in any press release mentions by providing a resource link to For more information about NSHSS visit

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