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Scholarships for 12th graders planning on careers in government or military service
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: When we receive info on scholarship opportunities we like to pass this info on to homeschooling families-- especially when the sponsoring organization is seeking ways to let homeschoolers specifically know about their offering. Today I heard from the Washington Crossing Foundation, a non-profit group located in Pennsylvania, about their scholarship program for high school seniors-- perhaps they had heard that many homeschoolers seek to serve our nation through involvement in government or through military service leadership. I hope this opportunity will be helpful ones for homeschool seniors in PA-- and note in the following info that there are some special awards available for students in the Greater Philadelphia counties. The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 15, 2012-- PHAA of course can help with providing official copies of high school transcripts for students enrolled in the PHAA diploma program, and your PHAA homeschool evaluator could be a terrific person to write the needed recommendation letter. Full info on applying can be found at the organization's website, listed below.
WASHINGTON CROSSING FOUNDATION
P. O. BOX 503
LEVITTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 19058-0503
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL NATIONAL WASHINGTON CROSSING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS for STUDENTS COMPLETING TWELFTH (or final high school year) in 2012 that are planning careers in government service.
We invite you to explore our web site www.gwcf.org, which contains all of the information candidates should require to prepare and submit an application. Each interested student is invited to write a one-page essay stating why he or she plans a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware. The student must confine the essay to viewpoint, attitude and purpose in choice of career.
This essay must be accompanied by a recommendation....
Encouragement to take part in the ASA Statistical Project Competition-- Homeschooler Jeremy Keenan WON 1st place last year!
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: It's always really encouraging to hear about the dedicated work and effort of our AP Online students really paying off-- and often this is quite literally! I was delighted to hear this story from our (wonderful!) AP Statistics teacher, Carole Matheny, about the 1st place win of one of her past students in this excellent project competition. I think this is such a great example of encouraging a student to really go with their interests and stretch to develop a major contest entry, demonstrating how this can often reap real benefits. And I don't mean only the actual prize and special recognition this student won-- but the longterm benefits of knowing he could develop such a major project, follow-through on all the many details, figure his results, write up a major paper and develop graphs of his findings, and get everything in final form by the deadline of June 1st. I'm sure that knowing he could accomplish this will really help him feel confident to try the next major challenge he takes on-- he'll know he's the sort of student who can really shoulder personal responsibility in a meaningful way. I also think this article points out the unique benefits of having your child take part in one of our Advanced Placement Online Classes-- your child might become inspired to really pursue a unique major project that goes beyond the scope of the class itself. Also, besides the project competition, there is also a poster competition (entries due April 1 each year), open even to young elementary age students-- check out the website for the American Statistics Association, as they have lots of examples of past winning entries. Even if you opt not to take part, could be quite fun to look over these posters with your kids!
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It was May, 2009, and since AP testing was over, my AP Statistics class was also finished for the year. It was that time of year when most students think about their summer vacation or maybe if they’re graduating, about the college they will soon attend in the fall. Several students wrote thank you notes to me for teaching the class and others left encouraging notes to future students about my class. So I wasn’t surprised when I heard from the youngest student in the class, a ninth grader, Jeremiah. Having enjoyed the class, he wanted to continue learning about statistics. Surely four years without working with statistics would be too long of a break from the subject and he might not remember the material when he needed it in college. Besides, he found he really enjoyed statistics and wanted to learn more. That is something I really enjoy about working with homeschool students-- their interest to learn, inside or outside the classroom.
In our email correspondence I pointed Jeremiah to several online courses he might pursue in statistics and to several possible statistical competitions. AP Statistics is similar in scope to a college level statistics introductory course. Being new to online courses, I had heard other PA Homeschoolers AP Online teachers mention how they often had continued contact with past students and how much they enjoyed hearing from them and keeping up with their accomplishments or learning how they found the course useful in their college studies. Helping Jeremiah find these additional statistical courses and competitions was having a similar affect upon me. It also might be quite helpful to future students.
It wasn’t long before Jeremiah decided that he would enter the American Statistical Association Statistical Project Competition. ASA is a large community of statisticians and each year they promote statistics by conducting poster and project competitions for children in grades K through 12. The entries are judged by committees of statisticians and teachers who award cash prizes, calculators and certificates.
Jeremiah decided to run a unique taste test. Living in China, he was familiar with both Chinese made Coke and through visits to the States, US made Coke. Could people tell the difference between the two? Could they identify one as made in China and the other as made in the U.S?....