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55 percent of Madison's Class of 2014 graduated with scholarship offers

The Huntsville Times

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on June 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

MADISON, Alabama -- Graduating seniors at Madison's two high schools topped themselves last month when about 55 percent of those graduates walked across the stage with scholarships in hand.

Between the schools, graduates received offers of more than $35 million in scholarships, said John Peck, public relations manager for the school system. They accepted about $16 million of the funds, or an average of about $35,000 per student.

A total of 454 out of 830 graduates at Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools got offers, Peck said. The percentage of students earning scholarships sets a new record for the district, which last year saw about 50 percent of its graduates earn scholarships.

"At Bob Jones alone, we had 983 scholarships for a total of $28.67 million offered, but only $12.2 (million) accepted," Peck said.

Bob Jones reported 338 out of its 578 graduates, or almost 59 percent, getting offers, Peck said. That is a fairly steep jump from 51 percent in 2013.

In just its second year of existence, James Clemens saw 116 (46 percent) of its 252 graduates receive scholarship offers, up from 36 percent in 2013. James Clemens also had more than three times the students this year than it had in its inaugural year.

"It is important to note that the numbers at James Clemens were impacted by the final year of a high school zoning waiver," Peck said. "Students who were attending Bob Jones when James Clemens opened were given the option of staying there through their senior year. Some of this year's scholarship recipients at Bob Jones actually reside in the James Clemens school zone."

Superintendent Dee Fowler said the new scholarship record reflects the students' hard work and the commitment by the school district to provide them with rigorous academic and career preparatory curriculum.

"The courses we offer and the instruction we deliver are intentionally crafted as part of our strategic plan to ensure that every student will graduate successfully prepared for college and careers," Fowler said in a statement.

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Abreo’s polymer wins at Intel engineering fair in Los Angeles

The Madison Record | Published 5:05pm Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

MADISON – Joshua Abreo of Madison was among the award winners at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Abreo, 16, is a senior at James Clemens High School. His parents are Dennis and Felicia Abreo.

Nineteen high school students from across Alabama received an all-expenses paid trip to the Intel fair in Los Angeles during May. More than 1,700 students from 70 countries, regions or territories competed for prizes.

The Alabama entourage qualified to enter the prestigious event by winning a top prize at their regional or state science fair. Students received awards in Los Angeles in nine categories, along with three special awards.

Receiving one of the special awards, Abreo earned acknowledgment from the American Society for Microbiology. Abreo’s project was entitled “Development of a Novel Antimicrobial Polymer for Biomedical Applications.”

Abreo has received a provisional patent for his polymer.

“Polymers are frequently used for (antimicrobial material), but … over 50 percent of all hospital-acquired infections are caused due to polymers,” Abreo said. “I coated a polymer with copper, which is a natural antimicrobial.”

He exposed the polymer to light, changing its chemical makeup. He tested with two bacteria strains, and his surface killed more than 99.5 percent of all bacteria.

Abreo worked closely with associate professor Dr. Emanuel Waddell at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and James Clemens teachers Carol Bohatch and Robin Hodges.

At the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair, Abreo won Best in Category for microbiology, along with Best in Show. Abreo ranked in the top five presenters at the Alabama Academy of Science, Gorgas Scholarship Paper Reading Competition at Auburn University.

Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology has members worldwide who represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specializations, along with a division for microbiology educators. The society’s awards recognize the most outstanding microbiology projects.

At James Clemens, Abreo is Quiz Bowl captain, Science National Honor Society president and belongs to the National Honor Society and cross-country team. In college, Abreo plans to study chemical engineering.

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The Schools Foundation Newsletter

 

News Release

For Immediate Release

 

ELIZABETH DOTTS FLEMING NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION OF HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY

Huntsville, AL- The Schools Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County recently announced the selection of Elizabeth Dotts Fleming as the foundation's executive director.

"Elizabeth Dotts Fleming's commitment for quality education in our community makes for a perfect fit at The Schools Foundation. She is passionate about public education and brings a unique set of skills from her past experiences working in both the non-profit and corporate sectors," said Tim Singleton, president of the board.

A Huntsville native, Dotts Fleming is a graduate of Huntsville High School and Sewanee - the University of the South. She worked alongside her father at Public FA, a financial advisor to state and local governments, for five years. Prior to moving back to Huntsville, she worked at the YWCA of Central Alabama in Birmingham, AL as its Manager of Grants and Public Policy.

Dotts Fleming has served on the board of directors of numerous local and state non-profit organizations. She is currently the treasurer of the board of directors of The Arts Council and Investments Chair of the Downtown 47. She is on the board of directors of the Alabama Poverty Project and the Community Foundation of Huntsville Madison County. She is a member of the Committee of 100 YP - Young Professionals, Hudson Alpha Ambassadors and the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) Roundtable.

The Schools Foundation, through philanthropic support, assists in providing enhanced educational teaching and learning opportunities not funded by traditional means. The Schools Foundation's mission is to create higher expectations and wide-spread community support for public schools, leading to world-class performance of principals, teachers and students.

According to Dotts Fleming, her first tasks will be to raise the profile of The Schools Foundation in the community, deepen her understanding of its programs and focus on bridging business and education. "It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with the three school districts in Madison County, including the district that taught me and my husband and the one that will educate our son."

TSF is a non-profit local education foundation in Huntsville, AL. The foundation supports all three public school systems in Madison County to include: Huntsville City Schools, Madison County Schools and Madison City Schools. TSF solicits corporate contributions, individual donations and grant funds to support a variety of programs including student scholarships, teacher grants, staff development, technology deployment, and other programs that directly benefit students and enhance educational opportunities. Foundation funds are distributed equitably based on student enrollment.

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Jane K. Lowe Foundation Awards100,000 Grant to A+ College Ready Program

 

Huntsville, Ala. –The Schools Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County was awarded a Tier 1 grant from the Jane K. Lowe Foundation for the continued implementation of its A+ College Ready program.

 

A+ College Ready’s program is designed to increase the participation and performance of high school students in rigorous, college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses in math, science and English. During the 2011 – 2012 school year, 64 high schools participated in the AP Training Incentive Program (APTIP) throughout Alabama and 10 of those schools were located in the Huntsville and Madison County school systems, directly benefitting students, teachers and parents in the community. Since introducing the program in 2009, qualifying scores on AP exams for the seven participating high schools reported a two year increase of 140 percent, going from 313 to 752 qualifying scores. In 2011, two additional schools joined the program and increased one year qualifying scores by 228 percent. This resulted in a savings of $2.7 million dollars to Huntsville/Madison County families.

 

“With the support of the Jane K. Lowe Foundation, remarkable academic gains in these schools will be sustained over time. We are preparing our students for the rigors of college-level classes which sets them on a path to be successful in the college of their choice. We greatly appreciate the support of the Jane K. Lowe Foundation and look forward to reporting to the community the continued positive impact of A+ College Ready,” said Tim Singleton, board chair of the Schools Foundation.

 

The A+ Education Partnership was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization to unite business, civic, parent, government and education leaders around one common goal­­­: improving student achievement. In 2008, at the request of the former Governor of Alabama and the State Superintendent, A+ established a new operating division dedicated to improving student achievement in math, science and English. The division, entitled A+ College Ready, was the recipient of a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to establish the APTIP. The APTIP addresses the need to provide more Alabama high school students with access to academically rigorous college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Math, Science and English. By exposing more students to AP courses, especially those that are under-represented, students are better prepared for success in college and beyond.

 

TSF is a non-profit local education foundation in Huntsville, Ala. The Foundation supports all three public school systems in Madison County to include: Huntsville City Schools, Madison County Schools and Madison City Schools. TSF solicits corporate contributions, individual donations and grant funds to support a variety of programs including student scholarships, teacher grants, staff development, technology deployment, and other programs that directly benefit students and enhance educational opportunities.

 


 
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