February 19, 2016
Students Move on to State in SkillsUSA Competition
SHS-Prosser students competed in the Regional contest for SkillsUSA at Vincennes University. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers enrolled in public career and technical programs. Students competed in various trades including automotive collision repair, cosmetology, welding, television production, construction trades, and IT/ graphic design.
Tiffany Couch tied for first place in CPR/First Aid and Nick Shelton was 4th place - Internet Working. Both Tiffany and Nick will be moving on to compete in the State Finals in Indianapolis on April 16th.
SHS Senior wins prestigious Wells Scholarship
These days, Scottsburg High School senior Kaleb Mount is breathing a little easier.
“I’m done. It’s so relieving,” Mount said. “I’m not checking out academically. I am doing everything I need to do to prepare myself.”
Mount is not just breathing easier because there are about 60 school days left until graduation — he is breathing easier because he is one of 25 students worldwide offered the Indiana University’s most competitive and prestigious awards, the Wells Scholarship.
“The greatest value of the scholarship is the scholarship program itself. It has a reputation,” Mount said.
The Wells Scholar Program has produced students, who have “gone on to win more than 75 national and international scholarships, fellowships, and grants, such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright, and Goldwater,” according to the program’s website. By being a Wells Scholar, Mount will receive full-tuition to IU Bloomington, a one-time stipend of $10,000 for living expenses, a one-time award of $25,000 for foreign travel, and $2,000 to use toward a research project or an internship.
“I’m excited to see my options there,” said Mount, who will be double majoring in law and public policy and physics in the fall.
To be considered, Mount had to be nominated by Scottsburg High School in mid- to late-September. He had to submit his résumé and meet a list of criteria, including, but not limited to, having outstanding academic prowess and exceptional leadership and character. From there, two were selected from each school in Indiana and others were throughout the world. The 55 finalists found out in mid-November that they would move to the next round: the interview. In December, the finalists were invited to IU for the group and individual interviews.
“After I spent the weekend at IU, I felt like IU was where I needed to be. I absolutely love the campus,” Mount said. “All the professors are so qualified.”
On a Sunday evening, Mount received a phone call. He knew the Wells Scholar Program coordinators were supposed to call to let the finalists know whether they received the award. The call was supposed to take place around noon, but Mount did not receive his call until 9 p.m. because he was third to last on the list of 25, who were from different time zones, states, and even countries, including Indiana, Australia, St. Louis, Chicago, New York, and California.
“It was pure torture,” Mount said as he waited by the phone all day waiting for the call.
As a Wells Scholar, Mount will be assigned an advisor to help him navigate through his undergraduate years. He said his advisor is a leading authority on intellectual property and the head of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
“They help you towards those graduate scholarship,” Mount said. “It will also be helpful when I look at law school.”
While at IU, Mount will need to maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average to keep his scholarship, will be part of the Honors program, and will be living in the Civic Leader Center. The Civic Leader Center is a living-learning community that is under the guidance of Paul Helmke, a graduate of Yale Law School, three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C. Those living at the Civic Leader Center take a yearly trip to nation’s capital, Mount said.
One thing Mount will not need to worry about is about 40 hours of college credit he has earned by passing dual credit classes at SHS.
“I have a little more wiggle room,” Mount said about earning college credits while in high school. “I have a year out of the way through dual credit.”
As the countdown to graduation continues, Mount can focus on finishing his high school career and not focus on financing his undergraduate college education.
“I want to thank all my teachers for preparing me,” Mount said.
All the preparation and hard work paid off for Mount. Now, he can focus on the next chapter of his life in college. At Scott County School District 2, Mount’s story is our story. Your story matters. You matter.
Good Luck this Weekend at State!
Archery Team Out Scores Grace Christian
Shown in the picture are Emily, Dawson, and James holding their top shooters awards.
College Goal Sunday 2016
College Goal Sunday 2016 in Indiana is now less than one month away! This wonderful free event to help students and families fill out and file the FAFSA is now in its’ 27th year. College Goal Sunday began right here in Indiana, and the concept has spread across the nation.
Your colleagues from the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA) want to make sure you have the direct link to all the best information about College Goal Sunday today, and right up to and after the event. The web pages below contain information to help you see details about all aspects of the 2016 event, volunteer, download information for media promotion, and “like” and “follow” (and post) daily social media updates about the big day.
College Goal Sunday 2016 in Indiana is February 21st at 2 pm (local time) at 42 sites. It’s NOT too late to volunteer. Please visit the sites below, connect up with other counselors helping the CGS effort and your ISFAA friends on the Facebook and Twitter event pages. Together we will ALL, once again, help future Hoosier graduates achieve their college goals. Thank you!
College Goal Sunday: CollegeGoalSunday.org
Indiana CGS Facebook page: Facebook.com/IndianaCollegeGoalSunday
Indiana CGS Twitter page: Twitter.com/CGS_Indiana
One note! Promotional materials will be mailed out to Indiana High Schools NO later than this Friday. If you have not received your materials by Wednesday February 3rd, or have any other question about CGS, PLEASE let Bill Wozniak know at outreach@ISMCollegePlanning.org.