Thursday, February 26, 2009

Design Competition Winner

Congratulations to AVID junior Denice P. for having her design chosen at the winner at the Future Educators Association conference in Garmisch, Germany. Denice did not know she had won until she walked into the conference center and saw her design everywhere! "It was on posters, programs, and everything at the conference," she said. Her design is shown below.

Denice and another AVID student, Chynnah T., were the Sigonella representatives at the FEA week-long conference. They both gave high marks to the conference for all they learned and experienced. FEA is the student organization for future teachers sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa, the international organization for educators. Ms. Pisingan is the Sigonella sponsor.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Difficulty of the FAFSA

Today's New York Times published an article entitled "The Big Test Before College? The Financial Aid Form."

The FAFSA is the one and only federal form that must be completed in order for students to even qualify for federal grants, loans, work-study, and many state and university forms of aid. The article describes the "unfriendliness" of the form, but it is absolutely necessary to getting your hat in the ring for any kind of aid.

"The form becomes available each year on Jan. 1, and counselors urge families to file early because some aid is first come first served."

The article talks about President Obama's campaign promise to simplify the process and/or the form, but obviously it's not going to happen this year. So, parents have to slog though the old form, with more than one hundred questions, once more. Your most recent federal tax filing form is needed for this.

The Fafsa, and instructions for filling it out, are online at
The Education Department’s Federal Student Aid Information Center is at 1-800-4-FED-AID ( 800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665 .
. also offers information, at no charge, about the Fafsa and financial aid.


Congratulations to Markus J. on his first college acceptance--The University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa!

Markus has been active in varsity football and wrestling as well as AVID and JROTC at Sigonella. Additionally, he is an active volunteer at the Catholic chapel.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Our First College Acceptance of the Year!

Congratulations to AVID Senior Jen P. on her acceptance to Sacramento State University in California! Jen is our first senior to reel in an acceptance for the Class of '09. Her dedication to her applications has been an inspiration for all the AVID students, and this is one of the many rewards she will reap.

Jen is a leading cross-country runner for Sigonella, a varsity soccer player, and has attended a European Leadership Conference representing our school.

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