Seven AHS Students Commended in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program
Avon High School Principal Matt Shockley announced that Andrew Brown, Zachary Butler, Paige Hankins, Samuel Heath, Caroline Nickolaus, Liza Russell and Alexandra Short have been named as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. This ties for the most (seven) students at this level in school history! A Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
*(Photographed left to right: Liza Russell, Caroline Nickolaus, Paige Hankins, Andrew Brown, Samuel Heath, Alexandra Short, and Zachary Butler.)
Special Announcement from the Avon School Board of Trustees
The Avon School Board of Trustees is excited and proud to announce that the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents has named Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann as the Indiana Superintendent of the Year!
“As John C. Maxwell said, ‘a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.’ Dr. Hoernemann is truly an impactful school leader who is centered on this path,” stated Board President Anne Engelhardt. “We are pleased that she is being honored by her peers.”
Dr. Hoernemann has a great administrative team, dedicated staff and strong community supporting her efforts to help our students stay excited and excel in education.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hoernemann!
Six AHS Students Named as Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. The AHS students are: Samantha Branham, Michael Campbell, Alyssa Corpus, Alyssa Fales, Angelina Shi and Brady Zeller.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
(**Students pictured left to right: Brady Zeller; Michael Campbell; Angelina Shi; Alyssa Fales; Alyssa Corpus and Samantha Branham)
Highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply via the Applitrack application system located on the Avon Community School Corporation Human Resources home page: http://avon-schools.org/Page/9708. Salary Benefits: $75 for a whole day and $40 for a half day.
It sounds like the start of a silly joke, but this was actually a quarterly collaboration meeting. Do you know there are more than 24 churches/places of worship right here in Avon? I didn’t until we decided to invite local religious leaders to meet with us quarterly.
The goal of inviting these very busy folks to quarterly meetings is to exchange ideas about how we all support our community. This is in line with one of our Strategic Plan Goals which is “To enhance communications at all levels to build stronger, richer and more authentic relationships.”
What a pleasure it has been to get to know the religious leaders and to learn about their challenges and successes! Likewise, each quarter we provide an update about our schools. Typically about 15 religious leaders join me for a one hour meeting.
The original goal was strictly communication, but so many other unexpected benefits have resulted. Two churches have volunteered to assist with mulching, painting, washing windows, and other tasks that are tough given our reduced staff. Seven churches have provided food for food-insecure families. Some have even “adopted” a school and support the staff and students in myriad ways. We are grateful.
However, it wasn’t our intention to ask these fine people to “do more.” They already do plenty. So we continue to simply encourage the religious leaders to join us for a conversation four times a year.
Is your religious leader part of our group? If not, feel free to encourage him/her to contact me and join us in early December. Meanwhile, we are thankful for all the religious leaders in our community.
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