Avon High School student Arisa Moreland-Woods has been named as a semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. This scholastically talented student will move forward in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring. There are 1,600 semifinalists.
AHS Principal Matthew Shockley said, “Arisa is only our second student to ever earn this recognition. She has taken numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses across disciplines and performed strongly in those rigorous classes. Arisa is also a role model for all students with strong leadership skills, integrity and work ethic. We wish her well as she hopefully advances to the next stage of the National Achievement Scholarship Competition.”
To be considered for the National Achievement Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a privately financed academic competition that operated without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation.
These studious seniors now have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level of this competition. There will be 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be offered next spring. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level for the Merit Scholarship.
“Avon High School is proud to have four of our students named as Semifinalists,” said AHS Principal Matthew Shockley. “They have distinguished themselves as outstanding academic students. Their families deserve credit for their commitment to education. Having these students honored also speaks to the quality teachers and education received throughout their school careers. All ACSC staff should celebrate this success!”
About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists should advance to the finalist level and will be notified in February. The National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group. Learn more about the National Merit Program at www.nationalmerit.org.
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Lessons from the ACSC Experts
Our school system has more than 9,000 experts in our 12 school buildings – our students. Early in the superintendency, I began the practice of having lunch each week with a small group of students at their school. It is the best day of the week!
After the interesting thoughts about who I am (“The president?”) and why I want to have lunch with them (“Because you’re lonely?”), we always discuss what they love about their schools. Our experts always start with their teachers. They consistently say that their teachers care for them, are kind and help them when they struggle. They feel safe in their “nice and safe” school buildings. Some of their favorite classes include art, music, physical education, business, Project-Lead-The-Way and family & consumer sciences. When we shift gears to what might make their great schools even better, our experts are candid in telling that they would love to have smaller class sizes and better access to technology. (Occasionally they ask for more recess, too!)
The Avon High School students always have an interesting perspective. When I ask them if they believe AHS is too big, the answer is consistently a resounding “No.” Parents disagree, however! Student experts repeatedly emphasize that there is something for everyone at school like nearly 40 clubs including the Robotics Club, Historical Fashion Society, Multicultural Club and the Avon Center Stage Performers, not to mention the strong music and athletic opportunities. There is definitely a strong sense of connectivity among these experts.
Leadership guru, Kevin Cashman says, “Effective leaders speak to influence and motivate. Exceptional leaders listen to learn.” I’m listening.
As always, I welcome your feedback. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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