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Welcome to Junior High!


Welcome to the TLCA Junior High page


Principal: Crystella Morales



Contact Us!

126 South Jackson

San Angelo, Texas 76901


Office: (325) 653-3200 *Option 2


About National Junior Honor Society |

Welcome to the NJHS page! We hope you are able to find the information you are looking for. If not, please reach out to our National Junior Honor Society sponsor: Ms. Pam Luther (pamela.luther@tlca-sa.com).


Q: When Do Students Quality For the National Junior Honor Society?:

A; Membership for the National Junior Honor Society takes place at the beginning of the spring semester.


Q: What grades are eligible?

A: Candidates eligible for election to the chapter must be in the seventh or eighth grade.


Q: How do students qualify?:

A: Students are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 90%. The candidate must also have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at the TLCA Junior High.


Please note: In the fall, the grade point average will rise from 90% semester cumulative to 92.2% semester cumulative average.


Other Qualifications:

Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and grade point average standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, character, and citizenship. If you are a new family, and feel that your student qualifies for NJHS we invite you to email Mrs. Luther at pamela.luther@tlca-sa.com


Note to NEW families: If your student is a transfer and is already a part of the National Junior Honor Society, we will honor that position that has been earned. We simply request a letter from the former school.





Below is the detailed information of the selection process taken from the newly adopted bylaws of the TLCA National Junior Honor Society


Section 1.  Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. 

Section 2.  Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and alumni.  Active members become alumni members at graduation. Alumni and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs. 

Section 3.  Eligibility:

  • Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be in the second semester of seventh grade or members of the eighth, grade class.


  • To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at TLCA Junior High.


  • Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 90. (Beginning August 2022 the minimum cumulative grade point average will rise to 92.5.)


  • Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and grade point average standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, character, and citizenship.



Section 1.  The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council which consists of five faculty members appointed by the principal. The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, nonvoting, ex officio member of the faculty council. 

Section 2.  The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the second semester of the school year.  

Section 3.  Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:

  • Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
  • All students who are eligible scholastically (i.e., candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the candidate information form and essay on time for further consideration.
  • The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible using the official input form provided by the chapter adviser.
  • The faculty council shall review the candidate information forms, essays, faculty input, and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership. Each set of essays will be assigned a number by the faculty advisor so that members of the faculty council can evaluate these essays anonymously.  A candidate must receive a yes from at least three faculty members.  Before the final decision is made, the candidates are revealed to the faculty council.  Based on the described methods, Faculty Council members then determine which candidates will be asked to join the NJHS 

Section 4. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony. 

Section 5.  An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given an official letter indicating the status of his/her membership. 

Section 6.  An active member of the National Junior Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. The faculty council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.



TLCA Parents,

Chess offers incredible benefits for people of all ages, but these benefits are most astounding in children. Chess has been shown to improve logic, reasoning, decision-making, and confidence in children. It has even been linked to higher test scores. Many people have the misconception that you must be a genius to play chess. The opposite is true, "Chess makes you smart."

TLCA would like to start a free Chess Club for students in grades 6th through 12th. It will be a weekly hour-long class consisting of a 20-minute chess lesson and 40 minutes for play. There are likely many students who play chess already or are interested in learning. We intend to provide a fun, safe, and positive learning environment for all interested students. 

In-person meetings will occur one time per week on Wednesdays in room 901 of the Jr. High campus from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm once the school year begins. The meetings are sponsored by Pamela Luther the Jr. High Leadership Teacher. Chess will be taught by Chase Ross and William Bodnar. In the meantime, we attend a chess club on Mondays from 6-8 pm at the library in downtown San Angelo. Attending the club would be a great first step to get students playing and would give us an idea of their experience level. 

This email is intended to generate a list of prospective students so we can tailor our lessons and gather the necessary equipment. If your student is interested, please reach out to the email below. 


Thank you,

William Bodnar, Chase Ross, and Pam Luther


William Bodnar is an accomplished international tournament chess player and a Certified Tournament Director. He has 15 Years of Chess teaching experience, most notably at the Berkeley Chess School where several prominent former students have gone on to achieve Master titles. William founded the Olympic Chess Club and Sierra College Chess Club, which have been involved in over 30 schools. He has also served as the lead organizer for several summer chess camps.

Chase Ross has played chess extensively through his 5 years in the U.S. Army, including in Poland, Germany, and Kuwait. He is a private coach to several students and an organizer of several online chess events. Chase is currently pursuing U.S. Chess Federation coaching certification.