February 2015

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If you take a look at this map, it is easy to see that the diversity of the colleges our alumni attend is just as well-rounded as our students themselves. “It is our goal to help each student find the best ‘fit’ for college, academically, socially, and financially,” College Counseling Director Mrs. Deborah Pitcairn explained.
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  Although our Science Olympiad teams were missing 6 members on February 7 (four students were attending the Regional Science Fair, and two were taking the ACT), both the Middle and Upper Division teams will be moving on to states. This is the third straight year Academy has been represented at the State Competition. The...
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On Wednesday, February 18, the 4th through 11th Grade Public Speaking Contest winners were honored at an assembly. The winners recited their speeches to an audience of peers, faculty, staff, and family. The public speaking program, through the Language Arts/ English Department, is a special component of the English Curriculum. This program provides opportunities to...
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The 5th and 6th Grade Science Fair took place in the Gym during the morning of Wednesday, February 25. The event showcased how the students used scientific thinking, innovation, and problem-solving skills to research and solve a long-term question. The students did an excellent job sharing their conclusions!
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  Throughout the years, Academy has had a strong representation at the Regional Science Fair. 2014 – 5 first place in category, 4 to state, 1 to international 2013 – 2 first place in category, 1 to state, 1 to international 2012 – 2 first place in category 2011 – 3 to state, 1 to...
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  Hanley Riggs ’19 took 3rd place overall out of over 570 students in the USF Young Innovators Competition. Her invention called “The Missing Piece” is pressure clothing for Autistic children and teens with adjustable pressure bands. The pressure bands soothe and calm the wearer, while allowing those wearing them to blend in anywhere. The...
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Mrs. Mirielle Williams’ 6th Grade students recently read Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Egypt Game. While reading, the students discover an interesting mother-daughter dynamic. Twelve-year-old April, the protagonist, lives with her grandmother in a new town. April struggles to maintain a connection with her mother while trying to make new friends, and ultimately, longing to figure...
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On Sunday, February 8, 2015, Academy at the Lakes hosted its first-ever K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament. There were a total of 22 players who participated in the tournament. Students were divided into three sections based on age group. Top 3 results for each section 1st through 3rd Grade Section 1  Rohan Vemuri, 3rd grade 2 ...
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Campus Visits are the gold standard for getting to know a college. They are key to the college search process, and now is the time to make plans for campus visits. Juniors and seniors, especially, should make efforts to explore colleges and universities they are interested in, but 9th and 10th graders can also take...
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  Juniors Alex Baker, Gerald Beinhauer, Grace Faith, and Mikayla Owen attended the Young Leaders Conference (YLC) January 23-25, 2015 in Gainesville, Fla. The YLC is sponsored by the University of Florida Student Government. It is a three-day high school leadership conference organized and run entirely by UF students. This conference brings together the most...
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