ASCA Conference Update

Today is the first full day of the ASCA Conference in Orlando and already it's one of the most successful conferences of the year.  We have had so much interest during the 2-hour opening session Sunday night and early in today's session that we're sending more materials to Orlando so that counselors who visit our booth tomorrow can have the information they need.  We're happy about the great interest in our Independent Study Program and look forward to meeting additional counselors this afternoon and tomorrow.

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Michelle Obama to Speak at ASCA Conference

Yesterday's blog promoted our appearance at next week's ASCA Conference in Orlando, and it ended with a tease about a special guest slated to speak at that event.  We can now reveal that the guest speaker is First Lady Michelle Obama.  She and Pat Williams, Stedman Graham and Rosalind Wideman will share their wisdom with thousands of school counselors expected to be in attendance.  This is the second time we have exhibited at a convention at which a First Lady was giving an address, the first being the 2004 NASB Convention in Orlando which featured Laura Bush speaking to thousands of school board members.  Although we do not align ourselves with any political party, we look forward to seeing the First Lady at the ASCA Conference and would definitely welcome her to booth 528 should she stop in the exhibit hall!

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American School to Attend ASCA Conference

The American School is thrilled to once again attend the American School Counselor Association Conference starting this weekend in Orlando.  This is the ninth consecutive year we have attended this convention, and every year it's one of the best because we meet so many counselors from around the country who are interested in our Independent Study Program for credit recovery or enrichment purposes.  This year counselors can visit us in booth 528 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on Sunday, June 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; on Monday, June 30, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Tuesday, July 1, from 7:30-9 a.m. and again from 12:15-2 p.m.  We'll have our usual supply of enrollment applications and freebies, as well as a chance for guests to win a $100 gift card, but there's something else brand new at this convention, and it's pictured below.  We're debuting our new convention display which is comprised of patriotic colors just like the word American.  Perhaps the conference's keynote speaker would enjoy our booth too.  Find out tomorrow to see who that person is!

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Anna Tatishvili Competes on Wimbledon’s Famed Centre Court

American School graduate Anna Tatishvili competed on perhaps the most famous tennis court in the world yesterday, but her time on Wimbledon's Centre Court was short-lived.  That's because her opponent was 5-time Wimbledon champion and current world #1 Serena Williams, who won the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.  You can view highlights of the match here, and we're hoping for more highlights from Anna later this summer when she competes in the U.S. Open. 


American School To Attend Teach Them Diligently Convention

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Teach Them Diligently Convention to be held June 26-28 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School in booth 1306 on Thursday, June 26, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, June 27, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and on Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. to learn more about our accredited paper-based and online high school courses.  As with all our convention appearances, we'll have plenty of information, enrollment applications and promotional items for all who are interested.  We have a history of success in the Lone Star State and are hoping this convention will be just as beneficial to everyone who attends.

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Method Test Prep Monday

It's time for another of our Method Test Prep Monday blogs, but today isn't an ordinary Monday.  That's because on this date in 1926, the College Board administered the SAT for the first time.  As you can imagine, the exam has changed quite a bit over the years, and it will change again in 2016.  Fortunately we have an affiliation with Method Test Prep that allows you to be prepared for the SAT or ACT whenever you'd like to take it.  Visit our ACT-SAT Prep page to learn more about this partnership.  If you choose to enroll in one of Method Test Prep's self-paced or teacher-led courses, be sure to enter the promotional code AMERICAN to receive a special discount.


May-June All American Newsletter Available

All week long we've been talking about the 76th annual Scholarship Meeting held earlier this week, and you'll meet the 18 winners in the July-August All American newsletter.  In the meantime, you can now read the May-June All American newsletter.  You'll learn about our latest online courses, our new accreditation and our convention schedule, read profiles of interesting students and graduates and see pictures of six employees who celebrated milestone anniversaries this spring.  Don't forget to visit the Community page for an archive of past All American newsletters.  They make perfect summer reading!

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This Year’s Scholarship Finalists’ Current and Future Colleges

This week's blogs have all revolved around the scholarship meeting held on Tuesday.  Yesterday we shared some interesting facts about this year's finalists, and today we're happy to share oru finalists' college plans.  Often we get asked if American School graduates can attend college after earning our diploma, and the answer is a resounding yes!  Our finalists are currently attending college at Northern Virginia Community College, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts, Lorain County Community College, Iowa State University, Snead State College, Everett Community College, Montgomery College, Saint Francis University, BYU-Idaho, Chattahoocee Technical College, the Royal College of Music, the College of Dupage, the University of Munster (Germany), Andrews University, SUNY-Adirondack, Hillsborough Community College, Liberty University, Southwestern Illinois College, Owens Community College, Temple University, Palm Beach State College, Portland Community College, Rock Valley College and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  Possible future schools for our finalists include Johns Hopkins University, Andrews University, MIT, Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Boston College, Saint Louis University, Montgomery College, George Washington University, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, George Mason University, Kennesaw State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, SUNY-Potsdam, the University of South Florida, Southern Illinois University, Ohio State University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Hawaii and Knox College.  We are proud that our graduates continue their education at fine schools such as those listed above, but the schools listed in this blog are not the only schools our graduates attend.  We keep a more detailed list on file and are happy to assist any of our students with the college admissions process. 

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Interesting Facts About This Year’s Scholarship Finalists

Yesterday we held our 76th annual scholarship meeting, and before we notify the winners, we thought you'd be interested in knowing some interesting facts about this year's finalists and the scholarship program itself.  Among the 30 finalists we had 20 females and 10 males.  Their ages ranged from 15 to 35, and their average GPA was 3.71.  Four finalists had perfect 4.0 GPAs.  The finalists resided in 19 different states and three foreign countries: Germany, England and France.  Illinois and Maryland produced the most finalists with four apiece.  Hobbies included ice dancing, crocheting, marksmanship, ballroom dancing, coin collecting, stamp collecting, vegetarianism, reading, singing, dancing, photography, cooking, gardening, writing, playing musical instruments and exercising.  Notable career plans include becoming a behavioral neurologist, surface warfare officer in the Navy, doctor of osteopathy, EPA agent, international pediatric neurosurgeon, teacher, coach, athletic trainer, film producer, dermatologist, industrial engineer, project manager, musician or dentist.  As you can see, this year's finalists were a talented and diverse group.  We are proud to count some of them among the 1,462 graduates who have received $802,200 in scholarships during the past 76 years.  We'll have more information about our winners in the weeks to come.

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American School Scholarship Meeting Underway

The 76th annual American School scholarship meeting is underway, and we're excited to learn who this year's 18 winners are.  Three of the 18 will receive $2000 scholarships in the form of the R.T. Miller Founders Award, the W.L. Wright Presidents Award or the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, and the other 15 will receive $1000 scholarships.  This year's $21,000 in scholarships will bring the all-time award total to more than $800,000.  We are proud to help so many of our graduates attend the college or university of their choice and will be notifying this year's winners soon.   

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