Academic Lettering

Academic Lettering Update for 2024 Graduation

All Students who submitted an application and have been approved to receive an academic letter have been notified. This year’s ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm in the Ponderosa Theater.  Please reach out to Melissa Nansen ([email protected]) or Cris Nuzman ([email protected]) with questions.


Eligibility is based on a cumulative GPA starting the sophomore year of high school and are as follows: 3.90 for Sophomores, 3.80 for Juniors, and 3.70 for Seniors, through the Fall 2023 semester. 

Application Process

Students will be notified of their eligibility through email by February 14th, 2024If you think you qualify, and have not been notified, please email either Cristian Nuzman or Melissa Nansen.

Your eligibility letter will have instructions including prompts for the 2024 essay and video, and the link for the online application form. The link will also be provided below. Applications are due by Thursday, February 29th, 2024.


  • The essay is used to inform us on our school goals at Ponderosa High School and select speakers for the ceremony
  • The student videos are compiled and played the night of the ceremony


A ceremony will be held on April 16th, in the Ponderosa Auditorium, for qualifying students who met the lettering criteria and successfully completed the application process.


The following awards are presented to the sophomore, junior, and senior recipients:
  • Ponderosa letter "P"
  • a Lamp of Knowledge pin
  • an academic letter patch
  • a certificate of lettering
  • and/or a bar per semester
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Outside Agencies

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