Congratulations to the Hawk National Merit Finalists
All Twelve Ankeny Schools Students Named 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Finalists
Ankeny Community Schools is proud to announce that all 12 students that were recognized as Semifinalists in September have now been named as Finalists in the 66th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. This is a record number of NMSC Finalists for the Ankeny Community School District.
The honored students include Ankeny High School seniors Lucy Brooner, Corinne Bovee, Zane Eason, and Wyatt Eason.
The academically talented high school seniors who are selected for this honor have an opportunity to compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered this spring. More than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar® title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Steps in the 2021 Competition
Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 advanced to the Finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
National Merit Scholarships
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Senior Planning Guide
Here are critical dates that our Seniors and their families will want to put on their calendars. We know this year is different but we are committed to maintaining our traditions here at AHS. Please know that everything we are planning for our seniors has the focus on keeping all of our Hawks safe and healthy.
Each semester we honor students who are living the HAWK way at AHS. Soaring Hawk recipients are nominated by staff members for demonstrating characteristics of the Hawk Way:
· Leadership role in class
· Helping a department or the school
· Good attendance
· Hard work
· Extracurricular activities/clubs
· Most improved grades
· Most improved attitude
· Overcoming great obstacles
· Friendliness to others
· Six pillars of good character
Recipients will be receiving a certificate and award in the upcoming weeks. Please click on the link to view the recipients of a Soaring Hawk award for the 2020 fall semester.
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins Friday, February 5. To enroll, your child must be five years old on or before September 15, 2021.
Beginning Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m., parents will be able to enroll their incoming kindergartener via online registration. More detailed information is available on the Enroll/Registration page.
Per Board Policy 501.15, applications will be considered late if they are received after June 1. Late registrations will not be considered until all other placements have been made.
What is Needed for Registration?
Please follow the kindergarten registration checklist, as a guide detailing the required documents. Most of the documents can be uploaded into your online application. However, if you do not have the capability to upload documents or if you need copies made, please submit documents starting February 5 to your neighborhood elementary or the registrar at the district office, 306 SW School St. The required documents are:
- Home Language Survey
- Proof of Residency
- Proof of Child’s Birth Date
Medical documentation will be collected at a later date.
Informational Meeting – Updates to Come
This year, the kindergarten parent informational meeting will be conducted virtually. This meeting will be held on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. More information regarding how to join will be shared at a later date.
Due to increased elementary enrollment and limited space, parents are encouraged to enroll their upcoming kindergartener based on the process set forth by the district.
Important Dates to Remember
Visit this document to review important dates for kindergarten families for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mask Up for Ankeny Schools
It will take our whole community pulling together to slow the spread and help keep our students in school. We’ve been hearing it for months, but now is the time to go back to mitigation basics.
- Wear Your Mask
- When Sick, Stay Home
- Wash Your Hands
- Watch Your Distance
This week, we’re launching a #MaskupforAnkeny campaign alongside the @CityofAnkeny. Partner with us by downloading an email signature and social media graphic at the link below and answer the question “What do you mask up for?” #MaskUpforAnkeny #MaskUpforAnkenySchools #SlowtheSpread
Academic support now available after school
SOS (Supporting Our Students) is now open, after school Monday through Thursday from 3:50-4:50 in the Career Center room 2101. The purpose of SOS is to provide a faculty-supervised quiet space after school for homework completion, test and quiz make-ups, and tutoring.
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Coolidge Scholarship for Current Junior Students
The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. If you are a high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 you are encouraged to apply.
The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on the Coolidge Scholarship site: www.coolidgescholars.org
Please note the deadline is 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Senior Picture & Recognition Ad Information
Senior Picture & Recognition Ad Information for the 2020-2021 AHS Yearbook
This document outlines the requirements for senior photos and information on how to purchase a recognition ad (optional). Senior photos are due by Friday, January 8, 2021.
Fall Photo Ordering
If you wish to order photos, please go to https://www.hrimaging.com/#shop , type Ankeny High School in the search bar, select the school, and follow through the simple ordering process.
For those wishing to pay by cash or check, flyers are available at the school for your student to pick up, and should be returned to the school by September 25th. Should you need any assistance please contact HR Imaging’s customer service department at 815-433-1766.
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