• Special Senior Edition of Alma School District Newsletter    May 8, 2018

    Alma School District Newsletter

    Special Senior Edition, May 2018


    Alma Foundation Awards Scholarships 

    The Alma Education and Arts Foundation recently announced the awarding of $106,000 in scholarships to graduating Alma High School students. At the annual scholarships awards program which was held on Wednesday, May 2, seventy-six students were called to the stage to receive their scholarship award from the Foundation. 

    To qualify for a Foundation scholarship, an Alma student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50, an ACT score that indicates future success in college, and be recommended by the scholarship selection committee. This marks the seventeenth year that the Foundation has awarded scholarships. During this time the Foundation has provided support to 1,128 Alma graduates, totaling in excess of $972, 100.00. 

    In addition to the Foundation scholarships, Alma students have received $5,614,710 in scholarships from colleges and universities and other sources, for a tentative total of $5,720,710. Some additional scholarships will be awarded to students later this summer. This total does not include scholarship awards that students did not accept, nor does it include Federal financial assistance such as Pell grants and work-study arrangements. 

    The mission of the Alma Education and Arts Foundation is to support and enhance education in Alma. The Foundation raises funds through the presentation of professional entertainment at the Alma Performing Arts Center, and through grants, gifts, contributions and sponsorships. Additionally, the Foundation’s permanent endowment, which has been developed over the years from the same sources of revenue, contributes substantially to the scholarship fund. 

    According to Foundation Executive Director Teresa Schlabach, “Being able to award over $100,000 in scholarships allows us to assist quite a number of Alma graduates as they pursue higher education. This could not happen without the support of the community, and especially the thousands of individuals throughout the area that purchase tickets to our shows.” 

    The Foundation will announce its lineup of entertainment for next season later this summer. 


    May 7-8
    Senior Semester Tests

    May 11 8:24 AM Commencement Practice

    May 11 10:30 AM Senior Cookout

    May 12 7:00 PM Commencement- Charles B. Dyer Arena

    see full list below






    Scholarships Awarded

    "Our comprehensive list of awards displays the seniors' name, the college he/she plans to attend and the scholarships awarded as of May 8, 2018.  The scholarship awards consist of those awarded by the state, by the college of choice, the Alma Education and Arts Foundation and any other local or national scholarship," Tawnya Shelton, scholarship counselor. We have 8 students who earned the prestigious Governor's Scholars Award.  Seven of these students will be using their $40,000 in scholarship money and one who will be going out of state and therefore will not be able to utilize the funding.  The students awarded this prestigious honor were Alexandra Atherton, Taylor Coulson, Morgan Farrar, Chris Fisher, Kobe Jernigan, Sophia Thomasson, Breanna Williams, & John Paul Williams. Morgan Farrar is going out of state so she will be the only one of the 8 who won't be able to accept the funding.

    While our Class of 2018 received over 5.7 million in awarded scholarship the full money amount will likely grow as some scholarship deadlines for the seniors are still pending.  The 5.7 million is actual monies awarded and does not include the additional scholarships offered but not accepted.  Please see our comprehensive list here. 

    This group of seniors has been a great group of leaders in all aspects of activities and academics.  There were so many things these seniors lead-in to help our school district to be one of the best in the state.  To name just a few of this year's accomplishments: 

    Northwest Regional Science Fair- Best High School in the Region
    Best in State- State Science Fair
    State Champions- Dance
    State Champions- Cheer
    National Champions- Cheer
    All-Region Choir- 53 Students Named All-Region
    Top Choir in the State- Choir 31 All-State Students
    Inaugural Season for Soccer
    Gold Chapter- State DECA
    International DECA- 14 students receive the DECA Award of Excellence
    Band had 30 All-Region members and 5 All-State
    Band students 
    The Pride of Alma - Superior Ratings at Region VIII Marching Assessment- One of only 3 bands in the state to earn this superior rating
    Concert and Symphonic Bands -Superior Rating at Region VIII Concert Assessment- ASBOA Sweepstakes Award
    5A West Conference Champs- Football
    State Playoffs- Football, Boys Basketball, Volleyball
    Pacmules, Tech Team-State Champions- Tech Challenge at State Thespian Festival
    NJROTC Ranked #1 NJROTC unit in the state; Awarded Unit Achievement for Area 8
    NJROTC Drill Teams competed in the Area 8 Championship and completed 2198 hours of community service 
     5 A West Boys Golf Champions




    End of the Year Senior Schedule

    May 7-8 Semester Test for non-exempt seniors
    May 8 Senior Cap & Gown Pictures  2:30-4:00 Lobby of Crabtree Gym-for interested seniors
    May 8 AP Physics Exam
    May 9 AP Literature Exam
    May 11 8:24 AM Commencement Practice- Charles B. Dyer Arena
    May 11 10:30 AM Senior Cookout
    May 11 AP US History Exam
    May 11 Education & Arts Honors Banquet 6:30 PM
    May 12 Commencement 7 PM Charles B. Dyer Arena
    May 12 Project Graduation after Commencement
    May 14 AP Biology Exam
    May 14 AP Music Theory Exam
    May 15 AP Calculus Exam
    May 16 AP Language Exam
    May 18 AP European History Exam

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