The Blue & Gold

November 9, 2014 - Volume 2, Issue 12

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22nd Annual Veterans Day Assembly

Buckhorn High School FBLA & JROTC will host the 22nd annual Veterans Day Breakfast & Assembly on Monday, November 10th 2014.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast, Sarah Fanning Literacy & Learning Center

10:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Veterans Memorial Wall Dedication

11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Veterans Day Assembly, Gold Gym

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The Week Ahead...

10 (M) Alabama vs. Auburn Coin Drive Begins, BNN Fundraiser, 1st Block Competition

10 (M) FBLA & JROTC Veterans Day Breakfast/Assembly, Library & Gold Gym, TBA

10 (M) Choir, Supper and a Show, BHS Cafeteria, 6:30PM, $8 in advance / $10 at the door

11 (T) Veterans Day Holiday - No School

11 (T) Basketball @ MCHS, JVG-4PM, JVB-4:30PM, FB-5:30PM, VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

12 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

12 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day & Chill Factory, 5PM-9PM

13 (TH) Balfour, BHS Cafeteria, 8AM - 9:15AM (Announcements, Cap&Gowns, Class Rings)

13 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

14 (F) Balfour, BHS Cafeteria, 8AM - 9:15AM (Announcements, Cap&Gowns, Class Rings)

14 (F) Basketball vs. Ft. Payne, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

14 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

15 (S) Alabama A&M High School Senior Day

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Buck Nation News Broadcasting Studio Final Phase

We are so close!! Please consider helping Buckhorn High School launch their brand new broadcasting program, enabling us to provide YOU, Buck Nation, with quality, up-to-date broadcasts of all of the great things going on at BHS! This includes athletic events, academic events, public service announcements, daily broadcasts, scholarship signings, special programs, and much, much more!!

We have already purchased or received through donations, a lot of our equipment and software, but we are still about $2500.00 short of being able to purchase the basic essentials needed to launch our program! We have created an Amazon Wish List that will enable our generous community members the opportunity to purchase the remaining items we need. All you have to do is click HERE, add the item(s) you want to purchase, check-out, and then the items will automatically be shipped to Buckhorn High School!!!

The broadcasting team is also selling coupon books for $20.00. If we can sell the remaining books we have, we can raise almost half of the funds needed! Please consider purchasing a coupon book to help support our broadcasting program. The coupons are valid through December 2015 and offer hundreds of dollars in savings!

You can email Suzanne Sullins ( to purchase one today!

If you are unable to purchase a piece of equipment or a coupon book, you can STILL help by donating all your spare change! We are starting our Alabama / Auburn Coin Drive (we will take dollar bills too!) tomorrow, and will collect through Monday, November 24th.

First block classes will compete against one another to raise the most money, while also voting for either Auburn or Alabama. The first block class that raises the most money will get a breakfast party on Tuesday, November 25th! We will soon find out who has the best fans! Will it be Auburn? Or will it be Alabama? We'll announce team and class leaders each day, so check our social media sites for updates!

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity! GO BUCKS!!!

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BHS National Honor Society Members Volunteer at Santa's Village

Buckhorn High School's National Honor Society got on Santa's NICE list when they volunteered this week to assist the elves in setting up for Santa's Village!

Students worked all morning hanging garland and lights. They also raked leaves, fluffed wreaths, and assembled the reindeer pen. The staff at Earlyworks said they look forward to our students coming to help the elves each year because they always do such an amazing job! #BuckPride

Opening Night is scheduled for Friday November 28th at 5:00 p.m.

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November 7, 2014 - Austin Vu Places 3rd in the Unified Bowling Tournament

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Austin Vu - Spare!
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All-State Cross Country Runners

Congratulations to Amelia Harrison (pictured below) who placed 2nd with a time of 18:49.09 and to Keira Larson (pictured at right) who placed 15th with a time of 19:28.36. Both girls made All-State Cross Country with the great runs they had at the AHSAA State Meet! #BuckPride

via Twitter BuckhornCrossCountry | @BuckhornXC

"We officially have 2 all state girl runners! Amelia Harrison finished 2nd and Keira Larson finished 15th. #bucknation @buckhorn_high"

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Trumbauer District Festival

The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the secondary level since 1940. The educational impact of this event is substantial. The festival consists of 28 individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre festival—all for 9th through 12th grades, as well as scholarship auditions and college screening for high school seniors and junior college students. Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” at one of six district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills. The state festival kicks off with the scholarship audition session on Thursday evening. High school seniors and junior college students compete for three $1000 ACT Scholarships. Friday and Saturday events culminate in an Awards Ceremony where trophies, plaques, medals, and other awards are presented to recognize outstanding work in technical categories and performance areas. Two one act productions are chosen to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in the spring. (Source:

BHS Drama students competed at the Trumbauer District Festival at James Clemens High School on Saturday, November 8th. The Citizen's Arrest ensemble cast competed in the Studio Theatre category with Madison Academy, Randolph, Arab, Hazel Green, and Pope John Paul II Catholic High. Their superior performance earned Austin Shaw, the Best Supporting Actor Award and will advance the ensemble to the state competition.

We also had thirteen drama students compete in individual and/or duet competitions:

Danielle Pezza - Solo Acting Female Contemporary Dramatic Novice

Faith Spencer - Solo Acting Female Contemporary Dramatic Novice

Ashleigh Starks - Solo Acting Female Contemporary Dramatic Novice

Carliss Spencer - Solo Acting Female Contemporary Dramatic Varsity

Kaitlyn Turner - Solo Acting Female Contemporary Dramatic Varsity

Alexandria Herring - Solo Acting Female Contemporary Comedic Varsity

Paxton Watkins - Solo Acting Male Contemporary Comedic Varsity

Tara Hawkins/Charity McCalpin - Duet Acting Contemporary Dramatic Varsity

Skyler Elmore/Hanna Evans - Duet Acting Contemporary Comedic Novice

Carliss Spencer/Alexandria Herring - Duet Acting Contemporary Comedic Varsity

Grace Collins - Solo Musical Female Dramatic Novice

Rie Francis - Costume Design Novice

Several individual events will also advance to the state competition. The qualifying individual events had not been reported at the time of publication and will be announced at a later date. The Walter Trumbauer State Festival will be held at Troy University, December 5-6, 2014.

Good luck to BHS Drama and Mr. Jacob Barrow, we know you will do awesome!

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Annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage Game

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Bucks Tip-Off Tournament Officially Starts Basketball Season!

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We LOVE Our Cheerleaders!

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Cheerleading Photo Credits: Lifetouch Photography
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Enjoy the City Coupon Books - $20

The future Buck Nation News Broadcasting Team is selling "Enjoy the City" Coupon Books for $20. Please help us raise money to purchase the equipment needed to stream our broadcasts within the school and to the surrounding community.

Preview the entire coupon book HERE and see how you can save hundreds of dollars instantly! *Note: Publix WILL accept the Star Market coupons, for a total of $60.00 in savings! Purchase one book and you've already made $40.00!

To purchase a coupon book, please email Ms. Suzanne Sullins:

Thank you for your support! Go Bucks!

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As a result of the many generous donations, we have begun construction of the Veterans Memorial Wall. The Memorial Wall will honor all veterans, especially those from the New Market community and Madison County area.

We have received donations totaling over $15,000.00 in cash or material from Buckhorn HighSchool, the Buckhorn High School Class of 2013, Buckhorn JROTC, District 1 Commissioner, Mr. Roger Jones, the Madison County Schools System, Jenkins Brick, Sequatchie Concrete, Alabama Flag & Banner, Clark Memorials & the First Baptist Church of New Market.

We still need your help:
We need an additional $10,000 in short term funding to complete the wall. What’s left to complete is 50% payment ($3,411.00) for the bronze Branch/Service Seals and bronze lettering for the wall & labor to mount them. We will also need $4,915.00 for the labor and materials needed for the beige and red brick pavers that will surround the base of the memorial.

You can help:
Please click the link to access the Veterans Memorial (VM) Donor Form. Please print the form and mail your contribution to Buckhorn H.S. JROTC. With donations of $100.00 or more, we will engrave a red brick paver with your veteran loved one's name and other information you choose to put on the brick paver. These pavers will surround the base of the memorial.

Your donation is tax deductible & we will mail you a receipt. Thank you again for your continued support.

Please address questions/comments to:
LTC (Ret) Robert Hartley, Senior Army Instructor
Buckhorn High School
4123 Winchester Road
New Market, AL 35761
Office Phone: (256) 851-3303 | Cell phone: (256) 508-5067

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FREE! Online Chemical Engineering Course

Interested in Engineering, but not sure? UAH has the perfect opportunity! The College of Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville is pleased to announce its second offering of a FREE online course available to interested participants in high school:

Chemical Engineering: Review of Enabling Sciences through Problem Solving

The course is a non-credit, free online course intended for high school juniors and seniors, and will cover key concepts that impact chemical engineering education: chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology.

Any questions?
Contact Dr. Chittur at
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Upcoming Events & Activities



17-21 American Education Week

18 (T) Senior Meeting, BHS Cafeteria, 1st Block

18 (T) Basketball vs. James Clemens, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

18-Dec. 18 ACT End of Course Tests (English 10 & Algebra I)

19 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

20 (TH) 6-Week Progress Reports

20 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

20 (TH) Basketball @Scottsboro, FB-4PM, JVB-4:30PM, JVG-5PM, VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

21 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

22 (S) CAPHMLC & Well Fargo Home Ownership Seminar, CCC, 8AM-2PM

21-22 Swimming @ HSV Natatorium, NAHSSL Qualifiers, TBA

24 (M) BNN Coin Drive Ends, Winner Announced

24-26 VB Basketball @ Scottsboro, TBD

25-26 VG Basketball @ Cleveland, TN, TBD

26-28 Thanksgiving Break


1 (M) STAR Testing Begins

2 (T) Basketball vs. Hazel Green, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

3 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

4 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

5 (F) Basketball @ Grissom, JVG/JVB-4PM, FB/VG-5:30PM, VB-7PM

5 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

9 (T) Basketball vs. Huntsville, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

10 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day & Chill Factory, 5PM-9PM

11 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

12 (F) Basketball @ Gadsden City, JVG-4:00PM, JVB-4:30PM, VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

12 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

12-13 Swimming @ Auburn University, AHSAA State Qualifiers, TBA

13 (S) ACT Test

15 (M) Basketball vs. Sparkman, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

16 (T) Basketball @ James Clemens, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

17 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

17 (W) Exams (1/2 Day)

18-20 VB Basketball @ Murfreesboro, TN - Christmas Tournament, TBD

18 (TH) Exams (1/2 Day)

18 (TH) STAR Testing Ends

18 (TH) End of Grading Period / End of Semester

19 (F) Teacher Work Day

19-Jan. 4 Winter Break

26-29 VG DOC Classic @ Decatur, AL, TBD

26-29 VB Huntsville Times Classic @ Huntsville High, TBD

JANUARY - 2015

2 (F) Teacher Work Day

3 (S) Basketball @ Sparkman, JVG/JVB-3PM, FB/VG-4:30, VB-6PM

5 (M) Students Return to School

6 (T) Basketball @ Ft. Payne, JVG-4PM, JVB-4:30PM, VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

6 (T) Report Cards

9 (F) Basketball vs. Grissom, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

13 (T) Basketball vs. Austin, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

16 (F) Basketball vs. Gadsden City, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

19 (M) Martin Luther King Holiday

20 (T) Basketball vs. MCHS, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

23 (F) Basketball @ Huntsville, FB/JVG-4:30PM, JVB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

27 (T) Basketball @ Hazel Green, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

27 (T) 3-Week Progress Report

29 (TH) Basketball vs. Scottsboro, HOME, JVG/JVB-4:30PM, FB/VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM


2 (M) Basketball @ Austin, JVG-4PM, FB-4:30PM, JVB-5:30PM, VG-6PM, VB-7:30PM

2-6 National School Counseling Week

5-9 VG/VB Basketball Area Tournament, TBD

7 (SA) ACT Test

13 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)
16 (M) Presidents' Day Holiday

19 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


7 (S) Military Ball

8 (Su) Daylight Saving Time Begins (Move clocks forward one hour)

13 (F) End of Grading Period

14 (S) Pi Day

19 (TH) Report Cards

23-27 Spring Break


9 (TH) 3-Week Progress Reports

11 (S) Prom, VBC, 8PM-12AM

17 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)

18 (SA) ACT Test

22 (W) Administrative Professionals' Day

23 (TH) Take Your Child to Work Day

28 (T) ACT Plus Writing (11th Grade)

30 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


2 (SU) Read Across America

3-9 Teacher Appreciation Week

4-8 School Nutrition Employee Week

6 (W) School Nurse Day

12 (T) ACT Plus Writing Makeup (11th Grade)

19 (T) Graduation Practice, VBC, 10AM (Mandatory)

19 (T) Graduation, VBC, 7PM

20 (W) Exams (1/2 Day)

21 (TH) Exams / Last Student Day (1/2 Day)

22 (F) Teacher Workday / End of School Year

25 (M) Memorial Day

28 (TH) Report Cards Mailed (Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope)

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Senior Announcements

NEW! Class of 2015 - Senior Website!

Thanks to Mrs. Christina Krentel - Seniors and Senior Parents now have a website just for them! If you are looking for any information about senior activities, fees, pictures, or college info please visit the website:


Please see Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel to pay your senior activity fees, $40 (cash only). These fees include the senior breakfast and the senior picnic.

Yearbook Sponsor - Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel

Senior Sponsor - Mrs. Carrie Bates

Senior Counselor - Mr. Dan Schwanke

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University Open House & Events

University of Alabama University Days

November 11, 2014; February 2, 2015; February 16, 2015; March 9, 2015.

Register at

*Students who are unable to attend a University Days event and would like to visit campus may schedule a campus tour or contact a recruiter for more information.

Alabama A&M University High School Senior Day

November 15, 2014. Register online at

On site acceptance, campus tours, scholarships, music auditions, food, & free football game.

LaGrange College Fall Preview Day

Nov 15, 2014, Apply online at

University of South Alabama Fall USA Day’s

November 22, 2015. Register online at:

UAH Open House

November 22, 2014 & April 11, 2015

Register online:

For more information call 256.824.2773 or email:

The Honors College will be holding information sessions at both of these events. The sessions will give prospective students all the information they need about the Honors College as well as the opportunity to meet current Honors students and Honors staff and take a tour of Honors College community housing in Frank Franz Hall. The deadline to apply is May 1st.

Auburn College of Architecture, Design and Construction

War Eagle Day Tours at 2pm. For more information on CADC events visit:

Jacksonville State University Annual Spring Preview Days

February 21, 2015 and April 11, 2015. Register at

Murray State University Racer Days Open House

March 11, 2015. Information at

Covenant College Campus Preview Weekends

March 26-28, 2015. Register online at

New York Film Academy Open House

Auburn DIG High School Leadership Conference

Auburn University College of Agriculture Recruitment Events

Vanderbilt University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is preparing for the annual Vanderbilt Road Show. The Road Show travels to 48 cities across the country this August and September. Each 90-minute program typically features a media presentation led by Vanderbilt admissions officers, a question-and-answer session, and VU alumni, current students, or parents as guest speakers. Students will learn more about Vanderbilt’s unique campus, premier academic programs, the admissions process, and excellent financial aid programs. Dates, locations, & other information can be found:

This program is geared toward junior and senior students, in particular. Students are asked to register in advance to help them plan appropriately for the event.

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Honors College at UAH

The Honors College at UAH is undergoing tremendous expansion and growth. They are recruiting top students in fields as diverse as engineering, nursing, and art, and we are recruiting them from all over the United States: from California to Wisconsin to the Gulf Coast. UAH's Honors Curriculum will be greatly expanded to cover more courses in math, sciences, and the humanities. Their living community of top students rounds out this curriculum and provides opportunities for mentorship and support. The Honors College at UAH can provide great students an elite college experience at a low price and with terrific job prospects upon graduation.

UAH will be holding Open House on November 22, 2014. The Honors College will be holding information sessions at both of these events. The sessions will give prospective students all the information they need about the Honors College as well as the opportunity to meet current Honors students and Honors staff and take a tour of Honors College community housing in Frank Franz Hall.

The deadline to apply for Honors College at UAH is May 1.

For more information, please contact Beth Wilson, Honors College Coordinator.

Honors College
Morton Hall 336
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899

College Information

University of Missouri Scholarship Deadline - December 15, 2014

Students must now log into the student system, myZou, to apply for scholarships. This requires the user ID that students receive by email a few days after applying for admission. To meet the new scholarship deadline of December 15, those interested in applying for scholarships should apply for admission by December 1, 2014.

University of South Alabama (USA) Honors Program - Application Deadline: December 5, 2014.

Applications can be found online at:

Students must have above a 27 on the ACT and a HS GPA above 3.5 The USA Honors Program includes the highest level of scholarships.

UAB University Honors Program - Application deadline: December 15, 2014.

Apply at

University of North Alabama (UNA) Excellence Scholarships - Application Deadline: December 15, 2014. Apply at

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Early Entry Program

This program allows qualified HS seniors to apply for admission to the school’s professional program and avoid the competitive selection process associated with Regular Entry admission for college juniors. The Early Entry application deadline is December 31, 2014. Contact Megan Upchurch, Regional Admissions Counselor at or (662)915-2437

UAH Honors College

Apply at

Wellesley College’s Quick College Cost Estimator generates an estimate of a student’s cost to attend Wellesley based on his/her particular family finances. Try it at

Consumer Reports has produced a free guide to help prospective college students navigate the steps in college research and selection. Find the Best Colleges for You: Focus on the information that matters can be accessed at

Online tools to help provide information about college finance options available at

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available January 1. If you need assistance in filling out the form, call Mrs. Irene Steele at the NACEE (North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence) 256-372-4600 to request a free consultation.

If you are planning to play sports in college, make sure you sign up on the NCAA or NAIA website.

GREAT NEWS! For the first time, access to the Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) scholarship website is available to BHS students. TFS has millions of scholarships and grants. Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring the scholarship matching website that also includes a career personality test along with college and career planning tips and tools. Please visit for more information.

$11 billion in merit scholarships is available for college. The problem is, these academic scholarships have never been easy to find. Until now. Introducing, a comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country. Let the colleges come to you! Visit and type in the name of a college to access their scholarship list.

The largest source of academic scholarships is from the specific colleges.

Most colleges have scholarship funds for students with particular skills and abilities as well as demonstrated academic evidence. Contact the financial aid office of your college or university to schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask for any lists of scholarships or other aid available to students.

Scholarships & Special Programs

NEW! 2014-15 Paying for College - A Student Resource Guide

Paying for College is provided by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard’s District

Office ( This directory is updated once a year. Please check with each scholarship contact for the most current information.

(Last Updated September 2014)

NEW! UAH Merit Tuition Scholarships are available to all first time full time freshmen. There are no applications necessary for consideration as all eligible students are automatically considered for these scholarships with the submission of the admission application. The baseline for the merit tuition scholarship is a 25 ACT/ 1130 SAT and a 3.0 GPA. You can see the scholarship matrix at

NEW! UAH Departmental Scholarships are eligible for first time full time students, which do require a separate scholarship application. Students must be admitted and apply for the departmental scholarship by December 1 of their senior year for priority consideration. You can find the scholarship application at

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Amount of Award: Up to $1200.00

Contest Overview:
The Twickenham Town Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has extended an invitation to students in grades 9-12 to participate in their annual Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. This year’s topic is entitled “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.” Students that choose to participate in the contest must mail their essays to Ms. Linda Provost, no later than December 1, 2014. For more information contact Linda C. Provost at or by phone


P.E.O.’s Alabama Chapter Z Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Amount of Award: $500.00+

Scholarship Overview:

Graduating female senior entering the Fall 2015 semester as a first time student in a two or four year institution in which the minimum of an Associate’s Degree can be earned.

3.0 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale. Actively involved in community, extracurricular and/or work activities.

Mail completed Application Packet by December 1, 2014 to:

Alabama Chapter Z Scholarship Fund

PO Box 24, Creekside at Collier’s End

Mooresville, Al 35649

Awards will be announced after May 1, 2015. The awardee(s) will be notified by mail. All information gathered will remain confidential and the sole property of P.E.O. Alabama Chapter Z. Please send any questions to

The P.L.A.Y. Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 3, 2014

Amount of Award: $1000.00

Scholarship Overview:

Are you a student who loves to help animals? P.L.A.Y. wants to hear your story!

To qualify: The contest is open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. All participants must be enrolled as full-time high school juniors or seniors. Entries are limited to one submission per person. Immediate family members of P.L.A.Y. employees are excluded from this contest. All essay submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

How to enter: To apply, students will submit an essay with 2-3 photos of their volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed their lives or shaped their perceptions on the importance of animal welfare.

  • The essay should be between 500-1000 words.
  • Send a Word doc attachment to with your essay submission
  • The file name should be your full name, state, and date of birth. For example, Chipper-Jones-GA-4-24-1972
  • All submission emails must contain the student’s full name, date of birth, email address, postal address, high school they are currently enrolled in, and a phone number to contact.

NEW! Buy-Rite Beauty Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 3, 2014

Used to help fund beauty school tuition and related costs. Apply at

NEW! We the Students Scholarship Contest

Application Deadline: December 5, 2014

Amount of Award $300.00 - $3,000.00

Contest Overview:

Sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute. The first prize winner will receive $5,000, second prize $3,000, and third prize $1,500! Five Honorable Mentions worth $300 will be awarded. Students that submit essays (800 words or less) by November 15, 2014 are also eligible for one of five $100 Early Bird cash prizes.

Register at:

NEW! University of South Alabama (USA) Honors Program

Application Deadline: December 5, 2014

Includes the highest level of scholarships.

Application available at:

Students must have above a 27 on the ACT and a HS GPA above 3.5

Elks National Foundation - Most Valuable Student

Application Deadline: December 5, 2014

Amount of Award: Up to $50,000.00

Award Overview:

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2015 competition.

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

2015 Most Valuable Student applications are due to the Elks Lodge closest to the applicant's home by December 5, 2014. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications can be mailed to Huntsville Lodge No. 1648, P.O. Box 352, Huntsville, AL 35804.

NEW! Burger King Scholars Program

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Amount of Award: Varies

Award Overview:

Burger King wants to help students gain access to a higher education. Students eligible to earn a scholarship and be BURGER KINGS Scholars are:

• High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners living in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada

• High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

• Plan to enroll full-time for the 2015-16 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year school

Apply at

NEW! AXA Achievement Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Amount of Award: $10,000.00 - $25,000.00

Award Overview:

$10,000 (state level) and an additional $15,000 (national level). State level winner in every state. Information and application at

NEW! NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Application Deadline: December 18, 2014

Awarded by the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.

Visit for more information and to apply.

AQHF Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 2014

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) or AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association) for at least one year who is from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee, and who competes in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. For more information, please visit their website.

NEW! The Alabama School Public Relations Association

Application Deadline: January 1, 2015

Amount of Award: $500.00

Scholarship Overview:

ALSPRA offers financial support to students who plan to enroll in an Alabama college or university after high school graduation and who plan to seek a degree in communication, public relations or a related field. Student members who are eligible may apply for the $500 education scholarship. One scholarship awarded. The candidate must be interested in pursuing a public relations major, communication major or emphasis track at a university or college within the state of Alabama. The candidate must be a high school junior or senior at an Alabama public school with a minimum grade point average of

3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Application available at Essay required.

NEW! USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA)

Application Opens: January 5, 2015

Amount of Award: $10,000.00 - $25,000.00

Scholarship Overview:

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support is a need-based scholarship for freshmen applying to the SCA programs. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support will provide substantial awards ranging from $10,000 - $25,000. We hope that this scholarship will support and encourage students who may be deterred from considering USC and SCA due to financial reasons. To learn more about this scholarship, please visit the following link:

NEW! 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Application Deadline: January 5, 2015

First place $10,000.00

For guidelines visit:

NEW! Ole Miss METP (Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program)

Application Deadline: January 5, 2015

Amount of Award: Full 4-Year Scholarship, Plus Stipends

Scholarship Overview:

The most valuable education scholarship ever offered in Mississippi, provides extensive benefits for top performing students who want to become secondary math or English teachers in Mississippi. Full 4 year scholarship plus room & board; $1,000 technology stipend; $6,000 study abroad/off campus learning; professional development and more. Apply online at, click on Apply to METP tab. Also apply to the Honors College on the Special Programs and Scholarship Application tab.

NEW! GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: January 8, 2015

Amount of Award: $10,000.00

Scholarship Overview:

In honor of the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive,

integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient). Criteria for selection includes financial need. Apply at:

NEW! The APIASF (Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund)

General Scholarships

Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

Amount of Awards: $2,500.00 - $15,000.00

Scholarship Overview:

Please visit: to see the list of the current scholarship opportunities available and requirements associated with each scholarship. You only need to complete one application. Based on the answers you submit, you will be automatically considered for the scholarships for which you are eligible to receive. Please note that more scholarships may become available throughout the application cycle but you will not have to submit a second application.

Linly Heflin Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

Amount of Award: $3000.00

Scholarship Overview:
The Linly Heflin Scholarship Committee grants four year scholarships in the amount of $3,000 per year to a limited number of Alabama women who have both significant economic need and a sound academic record. Scholarship instructions and applications can be downloaded at

NEW! Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program

Application Deadline: January 14, 2015

Amount of Award: Varies

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The 2015 GMS Online Application is open until the Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:59 pm EST deadline. For the complete list of eligibility criteria, click here.

American Red Cross BloodStock Scholarship Challenge

Deadline: January 15

Amount of Award: $1000.00 - $2000.00

Scholarship Overview:

-Blood Drive must be held between December 15 and January 15.
-Attend face-to-face planning meeting(s)and stay in close contact with your American Red Cross Representative.
-Find a blood drive location with the help of your American Red Cross Representative.
-Recruit and schedule at least 46 blood donors from friends, family and potential past donor lists supplied by the American Red Cross.
-Help recruit volunteers to assist at the blood drive (greeters, canteen).
-Be at the blood drive for the entire drive to better ensure the success of your BloodStock Drive.
-Collect a minimum of 35 units of blood from volunteer blood donors to enter the drawing for a $1000 scholarship.
*Scholarship check will be made payable to the College/University the student is or will be attending, not to the individual.

NEW! Young Women’s Art and Design Scholarships

Application Deadline: January 16, 2015

Amount of Award: Up to $40,000.00

Scholarship Overview:

Awarded by W.A.D.E., multiple awards up to $40,000. Application website Applications are available at

The point of contact is Sally Conn at

NEW! Redstone Arsenal Community Women's Club Merit Awards

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

These financial awards are available to graduating High School Seniors, College Students, and Spouses who are family members of the US Military and DoD Civilians whose primary residence is within the Redstone Arsenal Community (within a 50 mile radius), and who meet eligibility requirements. The 2014-2015 scholarship application is available at Contact the Merit Award Chair for further information:

NEW! AXA Achievement Community Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

Amount of Award: $2,500

375 winners. Apply early! Information and application at

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Amount of Award: $24,000.00

Scholarship Overview:

We are pleased to inform you that the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Application is now available for review beginning October 15th, with the online application going live November 1st. Students may visit to learn more about the organization that The New York Times described as providing “what might be the educational effort in the country.” Each new JRF Scholar receives $24,000 over four years to attend a four-year accredited college or university. In addition to cash grants, JRF Scholars participate in our extensive, four-year program that includes: mentoring, leadership development, practical skill-building, internship and job counseling and placement, and a myriad networking opportunities. Over 1,400 JRF Scholars have been selected since the first awards were made in 1973. To learn more about the foundation and our program click here.

NEW! Enter the 8th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: February 18, 2015

Amount of Award: $10,000.00 & $1,000.00 for your school

Contest Overview:

Design a greeting card and you could win a $10,000 scholarship plus, your entry will be made into a bona fide greeting card by the leading publisher of premium quality cards in the United States, The Gallery Collection. For more information, visit:

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

Deadline: Opens Mid-January - Ends Mid-March 2015

Amount of Award: Financial Support from the 8th grade through high school

Program Overview:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need. Young Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school to pursue their unique academic and talent goals. The application period is open from mid-January to mid-March. Up to 60 Young Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in the early fall. Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program Website for an application and more information.

NEW! Pro-Air, Pro-Earth Scholarship

Deadline: March 17, 2015

Amount of Award: $2000.00

Scholarship Overview:

Sponsored by Pro-Air Services, Inc. 7th annual scholarship opportunity for area high school seniors. The scholarship will be a $2,000.00 scholarship. It will be awarded to an area high school student who meets the following criteria:

  • Plan to attend a technical, two year or four year college upon graduation from high school.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or a score equal to or greater than 24/1650 on the ACT/SAT.
  • Provide a written essay that defines a Pro-Earth person.
  • Provide our organization with Pro-Earth recommendations that can be implemented following being named the award recipient.
  • Mail completed essay and letter from high school guidance counselor (with contact information) certifying GPA/Test Scores and post secondary education plans to:

Pro-Air Services, Inc., C/O Pro-Earth Scholarship, PO Box 5054, Decatur, AL 35601

Post marked deadline for applicants will be March 17th, 2015. Winner of the Pro-Earth Scholarship to be named April 13th, 2015. For additional information or questions, please have your guidance counselor contact Jason Putman at or at (256) 353-4446 or (256) 858-8500

American Red Cross Youth Volunteer


Program Overview:

The American Red Cross Youth Services is a multi-faceted program for youth (15-17), offering many activities and courses for every age level. Youth programs build character and provide the tools and experience youth need for leadership, strong communication skills, and service. By interacting with those in need, Red Cross youth volunteers establish a sense of awareness and personal achievement while developing these skills. Online Application

SunTrust's 'Off to College' Sweepstakes

Deadline: Ongoing, September 15th through Mid-May
Amount of Award: $1000.00

Sweepstakes Overview:
The 2014-15 'Off to College Sweepstakes' will begin on September 15, 2014. High school seniors and current college students can win a $1,000 scholarship.

NEW! University of West Alabama BOSS Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 2015

Amount of Award: $8500.00 ( Renewable up to 4 years)

Scholarship Overview:

A grant awarded to UWA by the National Science Foundation will allow up to 8 students per year the opportunity to participate in a scholarship and mentoring program designed to help them achieve their academic and career goals. The University of West Alabama Biology Opportunities and Scholarships for Success (UWA BOSS) through funding from the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) aims to:

  1. To increase enrollment of academically talented undergraduate students majoring in biological and environmental sciences.
  2. To increase retention and graduation rates of students majoring in biological and environmental sciences.
  3. To increase the number of successful biological and environmental sciences graduates joining the workforce or graduate schools through support for career exploration and professional development opportunities.

For more information and application, visit:

ACHE Junior & Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

An award not to exceed in-state tuition only for attendance at public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Awards are based on demonstrated talent determined through competitive auditions. Awards are not based on financial needs.

This award is for full-time students attending public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Contact the financial aid office at any public junior or community college in Alabama to apply. Competitive auditions will also be scheduled as part of the application process. For more information, please visit their website.

Alabama Student Grant Program
Deadline: Varies

Amount of Award: Up to $1200.00 per year

Program Overview:

The Alabama Student Grant Program is an award of grant assistance at an eligible independent Alabama college or university and is not based on need. Up to $1200 per academic year with maximum amount available only when sufficient funds are available.
Who may apply?
Undergraduate students--both half-time and full-time--who are Alabama residents attending Birmingham-Southern College, Concordia College, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Judson College, Miles College, Oakwood College, Samford University, Selma University, Southeastern Bible College, Southern Vocational College, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, and the University of Mobile.
How to apply?
Applications are available from the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend. Application deadline dates are printed on the application form.

ACT/SAT Announcements

ACT Results - Seniors (last year's juniors) who participated in the state ACT testing and received college-reportable scores will be able to view their scores and score report on a free ACT Web account they create. Students can create an account at If a student has an existing account, he/she can log in to the account to check the state ACT testing scores. If you have questions, please e-mail

2014-15 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: December 13, 2014

Late Fee Required: November 8–21, 2014

Test Date: February 7, 2015

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015 | Late Fee Required: January 10–16, 2015

Test Date: April 18, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015 | Late Fee Required: March 14–27, 2015

Test Date: June 13, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Fee Required: May 9–22, 2015

ACT Online Registration

ACT Test Prep

ACT Online Test Prep

Please Note: All current eleventh graders (Class of 2016) will take the ACT Plus Writing at BHS (free of charge) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A username and password for online ACT test prep will be provided to all current eleventh graders prior to the ACT test in April. Date TBA. ACT study packets can be picked up in the guidance office.

Counselor Contacts: Mrs. Dee Gordon, Mr. Dan Schwanke, Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler

SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Next Test Date: December 6, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Late Registration (Phone/Online): November 24, 2014

* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).

Register Now for the 12/6 SAT test date.

SAT Website

2014-15 Madison County Schools' Testing Schedule, All Grade Levels.

A Few Reminders: Rules & Regulations

Parents, or individuals acting in that capacity, are responsible for seeing that each student under his/her care and control follows school system policy and local school rules and regulations. It is also the responsibility of parents to know such policies, rules and regulations.

Car Riders

Students are NOT allowed to walk to Winchester Road to get in a car after school. ALL cars must pull onto campus to safely pick up car riders. Students who do not follow this rule will be suspended, per Mr. Markham. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe.

Outside Food

Please remember that it is Buckhorn High School's Policy to NOT allow any outside food to be delivered to the school during regular school hours. (This policy does not apply to a 'brown bag' lunch that is prepared at home and brought to school by the student).

Checking Student Out of School

It is Buckhorn High School's policy to NOT allow student check-outs after 3:15 p.m.

Only custodial parent(s) will be allowed to check a student out of school, unless the custodial parent(s) has specifically designated someone else to check the student out of school. School officials will keep accurate records as to whom, what time, and for what reason students are checked out of school. [MCBOE 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 21 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

Student Publications

The Board of Education authorizes school officials to allow students to have student sponsored publications within the school, and expects the administration to monitor such publications to the extent that disruptions do not result from the contents. Student publications are subject to and will be expected to meet standards associated with responsible journalism. The principal and student publication sponsor are responsible for the content of such publications.

Student publications not approved by the Principal are not allowed, and the Principal shall not allow distribution of publications without prior approval. A certified person shall be appointed to be responsible for supervising student publications, and shall report directly to the Principal in the production of such publications. [Madison County Board of Education 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 5 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

Media Coverage of School Events

Occasionally local news media visit schools in Madison County to do special reports or follow up on certain news events. As a part of their coverage they often film certain aspects of the school.

It is the principal’s decision whether to allow news media to come into the schools and cover certain events. Extra precautions are taken when the media is covering a sensitive topic or event that might have a negative impact on the school, staff and students.

Parents who have concerns about their child possibly being filmed or photographed by the media should contact the principal. Principals will make every effort to accommodate the wishes of the parent, but it should be understood that it is very difficult to foresee every possible situation that might occur from media coverage of the schools and school events. [Madison County Board of Education 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 5 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

You may access the complete 2014-15 Code of Conduct through this link:

2014-15 MCBOE Code of Conduct

Important Media Release Notification

This year, the Notice of Receipt encompasses all releases, including media coverage. In an effort to meet a parental request to NOT include your child's picture/name on any of our digital media platforms (i.e., the district/school websites, the Blue & Gold online newsletter, social media accounts, school broadcasts, online public service announcements, digital yearbook files, etc.), please complete the online form below, as soon as possible.

Click HERE if you do NOT want your child's picture/name published online.

If you have difficulty accessing/filling out the online form, please email Suzanne Sullins for assistance. Please include BHS Media Release as the subject of your email.

Daily Schedule

BHS Bell Schedule

The building will open at 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. The cafeteria is open for breakfast to all students

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. First Block

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast (Ninth Grade Academy Only, First Term Only)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break (10th - 12th Grade Only)

10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Second Block

11:55 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Third Block

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fourth Block

3:15 p.m. - The latest time a student may be checked out.

The building will close at 4:00 p.m.

The building will be open on regularly scheduled school days from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Students arriving on campus before the first bell should be dropped off in the back of the building (near the big buck, 'Bucky') and report directly to the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to roam the building before the first bell. If a student needs to go to a teacher's room before the the first bell, arrangements must be made for a teacher to escort a student to his or her room. If a student is staying with a teacher after school, he/she must remain with the teacher until a parent or guardian picks him/her up. The building will close at 4:00 p.m. each day, so please make arrangements to have your child picked up before this time. *This does not include athletic practices/conditioning that require the use of the facilities.

2014-15 Breakfast Menus

Click this button to access the school breakfast menus.

2014-15 School Lunch Menus

Click this button to access the school lunch menus.

Pre-Pay for School Meals with PayPams

Click this button for more information about PayPams.

Helpful People & Links

2014-15 Madison County Schools' Calendar

Please be aware of the revisions that were made to this year’s calendar. This year's school calendar includes four half-days for professional development on September 26th, October 31st, February 13th, and April 17th. Students will attend the first half of the school day on each of these dates. Fall Break has returned this year and will be October 6th - 10th. We will also observe President’s Day on Monday, February 16, 2015. All other holidays/breaks remain the same as previous years.


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The Madison County School District does not discriminate in admission, treatment, or access to programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious preference, disability, age, gender, citizenship, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status. Students with disabilities will be provided with the same needed supports and services for extra-curricular programs and activities that are provided during the school day, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the program and activity.

Contact for Title IX and Section 504
Mrs. Anna S. Watts
Telephone: 256.852.2557 Fax: 256.851.2127
Email Address:

Some links will let you leave the school online newsletter. Some of the linked sites are not under the control of the school/district, and the school/district is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The school/district is providing these external links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the school/district.

Madison County Board of Education

1275 Jordan Road, Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Mailing Address P.O. Box 226
Huntsville, Alabama 35804
(256) 852-2557

Buckhorn High School

4123 Winchester Road, New Market, Alabama 35761

(256) 851-3300

If you find inaccurate or inappropriate information on any of the external links, please contact Ms. Suzanne Sullins immediately. Thank you.