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14 School News MAY 2016 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Princeton Elementary & Lee Middle School Princeton Elementary Odyssey of the Mind World Finals This is an historic moment for College Park and Orange County Public Schools. Our amazing College Park students have earned their spot at the Odyssey of Mind World Competition in Iowa, May 25-28, 1016. Princeton Elementary and Lee Mid- dle School both won Regionals and placed first in the State Finals held at UCF on April 9. This is a huge honor and recognition because both teams have worked extremely hard over the last eight months. This is the second time that Princeton Elementary has attended the World Finals. Princeton Elementary was third place in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in 2014. Your support is needed. The teams have fundraised all year by hosting weekly garage sales and selling concessions at various events. Now they just need to raise the remaining money to get these kiddos on their way. Princeton Elementary and Lee Middle both have seven members on their teams and a total of 4 coaches. The price to send each person is approximately $1, 000 which includes airfare, hotel accommodations at Iowa State University, transportation, and meals. Approximately $20,000 is needed to send these 14 kids and 4 coaches to the World Finals in Des Moines, Iowa. If you are comfortable please put this on your Facebook account or send to your friends and family. Any donation is greatly appreciated. This is the fundraising campaign for Princeton and Lee Odyssey World Finals: https://de.gofund.me/PrincetonLeeFinals&r cid=60b27f28ffd611e5aeedbc764e05901c. Higher education through militar y academies Are you interested in a full ride to a major university while learning discipline and leadership skills along the way? Are you interested in obtaining credentials to a small fraternity of high achievers who will help you excel with enhanced employment prospects? Do you think you have the right stuff to walk in the shoes of former presidents such as Eisenhower and Grant, along with numerous governors, senators, CEOs and astronauts, including recently retired College Park resident Army General John Ellerson? If you answered yes to these questions, then you should consider attending one of the United States military acade- mies, such as the Naval Academy at Annapolis, West Point in New York, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, or the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. Numerous graduates of Edgewater and Bishop Moore have pursued and embraced these challenges. Tyler Williams, for example, is an Edgewater graduate who graduated from West Point in 2013. Williams played football and baseball at Edgewater as well as at West Point. Williams values the self-discipline and leadership skills he learned at West Point, including the many unique experi- ences he had that are not available to regular college stu- dents. He is halfway through his six-year service commit- ment and is looking forward to the statistically higher than normal starting salaries that army grads generally receive. When Williams completes his service, he will start his business career if he does not opt for an advanced degree, which the Army would pay for if he extends his service obligation. He said it is a terrible shame that so many stu- dents finish college or grad school owing tens of thousands of dollars (if not hundreds of thousands) in loans with no realistic way to pay their student debt back quickly. This month, Williams will be deployed to Iraq to lead an infantry platoon of 46 people. Perhaps the most important information for potential military academy students to know is how to start the admission or recruitment process. Student athletes seem to have an advantage. Williams played wide receiver at Edgewater and credits Coach Gierke with contacting the West Point coaches. According to former West Point head football coach Rich Ellerson (General Ellerson’s brother), that is the usual way for student athletes to be recruited. Another way to be recruited is to attend sports camps held on the academy campuses. (Information on the camps is available on each academy’s website.) A third way for student athletes to be recruited is through alumni like General Ellerson, who played on the offensive line at West Point. For non-athlete students, the typical way to be recruited is though your local congressman. Coach Ellerson says the military academies are seeking well-rounded students with leadership abilities. Tyler Williams after being sworn in as an officer at his 2014 graduation from West Point. Courtesy photo. Congratulations goes out to our fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Kelley, Ms. Opeka, Ms. Roberts, and Ms. Starling for all being awarded one of the highest impact teach- ers in the state! The Florida Department of Education found that their impact on student learning was among the most sta- tistically-significantly positive in the state. The analysis completed by the depart- ment used each of the most recent three years of data (2014-2015, 2013-2014, and 2012-2013) in which they taught any of the following grades and subjects: Reading (grades 4-10), Mathematics (grades 4-8) and Algebra 1 (grades 8-9). Whether it’s a classroom where students are already high achieving or a classroom of students in which they are underperforming, their efforts provide inspiration and opportu- nities to young students that may have been otherwise inaccessible. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to Florida’s students and the impact you all have on their achievement. National Honor Society Princeton had its Inaugural Induction Ceremony for the National Elementary Honor Society on Thursday April 14th. There were 26 fourth graders and 39 fifth graders inducted this year. Guest Speaker Commissioner Roberts talked about this great honor and his years at Princeton Elementary before the award ceremony. Congratulation to all Spring 2016 Inductees! Also, congratulations to Caroline Howes for being awarded this year’s Princeton Elementary Disney Dreamer and Doer. Odyssey of the Mind A great historic moment for College Park students who have earned their spot at the Odyssey of the Mind Competition in Iowa. Princeton Elementary placed first in the State Finals held at UCF on April 9. This is a huge honor and recogni- tion because they have worked extremely hard for the last eight months. This will be the second time that Princeton Elemen- tary has attended World Finals. They placed third in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in 2014. Princeton has seven team members and four coach- es. The team has fundraised all year but are still in need of money to get these kids on their way. A “Go Fund Me” account has been set up to help fund these children and their coaches. To find out more about Odyssey of the mind, visit odysseyofthe- mind.com. Great Teachers produce great students!