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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Central Alabama Student Anglers

Hello Deb,

I am a homeschool mom whose son is a tournament fisherman. There is currently nothing available in our area, that I am aware of, which facilitates competitive tournament fishing for homeschoolers at the high school level. I have decided to organize a fishing club that will allow our homeschooled high school students to fish competitively with the Student Angler Federation. I have attached a flyer (see below) which I hope will explain everything. Would it be possible for you to forward this flyer to your high school students? Please contact me if you have any questions at all.

Thanks so much!!!!!!
Pamela Plunkett


Announcing the formation of the Central Alabama Student Anglers!  This club will be affiliated with the high school division of The Bass Federation and FLW Outdoors, called the Student Angler Federation or SAF. While the club will be based out of Trussville, we will be fishing different lakes throughout the state in preparation for the SAF High School State Championship. The winners of the Alabama SAF State Championship will advance to the SAF High School Conference Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Conference Championship event. The Alabama SAF State Champions will fish against other state winners from around the Southeast with the opportunity to advance to the SAF High School National Championship held in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College National Championship. The High School Fishing National Champions will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the college of their choice! 

The sport of bass fishing is currently exploding in the high school arena and this is your chance to be a part of it.  For more information on the Student Angler Federation, please visit their web site:  Student Angler Federation http://www.highschoolfishing.org/.  For more information on the Central Alabama Student Anglers, contact Pam Plunkett:  plunkett@charter.net or 205-965-5352.  Organizational meeting coming in June.

Student Spotlight: Heather Meeks

Everest Student Spotlight:  Heather Meeks

Heather Meeks, a student of Drake School of Irish Dance in Hoover, attended Peach State Feis in Atlanta, Georgia.  She placed 2nd in the under 12-year-old category for the Reel and Slip Jig dance. She was awarded the Silver medal in both dances. 

Heather is pictured here with her teachers Chelsea Vonbartheld and Elisabeth Archer. 

Troy University Dual Enrollment Program

My name is Angela Sullivan and I am the Program Coordinator for ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online with Troy University. Let me provide some details about the program for you, and if you would like to go over any of the information over the phone, I’ll be more than happy to do so.

ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online is a program designed to allow students to take online courses with Troy University’s eTROY and earn high school and college credit at the same time. The benefits of the program are obvious – Students get a jump-start on their college career, learn time management and study skills for the collegiate level, and have the opportunity to take enriching courses like foreign languages and upper-level math classes. Plus, they will enjoy the flexibility of online classes – They can complete the work where ever they have Internet access and whatever time is convenient in their families’ busy schedule. Believe it or not, parents will actually save money with this program. (I’ll get into the costs in a moment, but a student taking 12 credit hours worth of college courses with ACCELERATE will save more than $6,000 than if they had taken the courses in a traditional college semester, living on campus)!

The admissions requirements for the program are:
3.0 cumulative high school GPA
Minimum of 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT
Must be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

For students who want to apply, they simply need to:
The courses we recommend are: http://www.troy.edu/etroy/accelerate/courses.htm. Students can take general studies or elective courses. We encourage ACCELERATE students to work with their school counselor to determine which classes will also be eligible for credit at the high school level. If you would like to know whether a course is a good choice toward a specific degree program, please contact me to find out. All of these classes are designed to be easily transferable to any regionally SACS-accredited institution.

Our eTROY calendar is based on five 9-week terms. What this means is that your students could take two college courses per “semester.” How you all choose to structure your schedule is entirely up to you. Most of the school counselors I’ve talked to have said they will let their students dedicate one class period per day in the library or a computer lab designated to working on their college class. To view important eTROY dates, please follow this link: http://www.troy.edu/etroy/accelerate/documents/accelerate_20112012_importantdates.pdf

The cost of ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online is:
  • Tuition: $260 per credit hour plus $8 an hour for the technology fee (most courses are 3 credit hours, so you are looking at about $804/course)
  • One-time application fee: $30
  • Books: prices vary, but $100 for books for once course is a generous estimate
Our next available term is Term 5 (May 28- July 29). The deadline for Term 5 admissions is May 18th.

If you have the PACT plan, you can start using it three years prior to high school graduation to pay dual enrollment tuition.

I will serve as the liaison between Troy University and ACCELERATE schools, students, and families. If there is any way I may make ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online more user-friendly, please let me know. Thank you so much for your time, and please do not hesitate to let me know if I may assist in any way!

Angela Sullivan
ACCELERATE Program Coordinator
eTROY Student Recruitment
100 University Park Troy, Alabama 36082
334-808-6228 (office) 334-808-6446 (Fax)

Project Appleseed: Learn Markmanship & History

As a parent who homeschooled his youngest child I was involved in teaching our American Heritage to him. What I found in the way of reference material was usually dry, uninteresting, and just plain boring. Why is it that history, especially American History, has to be this way? When history is dry, it dies.

And then I went to my first Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic. I went for the simple reason that I wanted to sharpen my marksmanship skills. While I did read on their website that they also taught a story called the Three Strikes of the Match, I really wasn't very interested in that part of Appleseed.

During the first morning of the two day event we were taught excellent ways of improving our marksmanship. I learned about things I'd never even heard of, such as Natural Point of Aim, how to build a stable shooting platform using a sling, and many other immediately-useful and effective Rifleman's skills. Needless to say I was very impressed, especially since I thought I was already a hot shot shooter. How was it that I was never taught these things during the course of my life?

Then we broke for lunch. As we gathered in a circle under a shade tree one of the instructors stepped forth and began the story of the Three Strikes of the Match. A story about the day the Shot was Heard around
the World. April 19, 1775. Lexington and Concord. What a passionate, inspiring, and touching story is was too! Gone was the boredom of American History! This story stirred feelings of just what it is to be an American, the toils and troubles our forefathers went through to give us freedom, and the ultimate price many paid to insure our posterity. As during the marksmanship phase I wondered again “How was it that I was never taught these things during the course of my life?”

Why was I told that Paul Revere rode the countryside calling out “The British are Coming!” We were all British at that time. That would have made as much sense as yelling “The Americans are coming.” Why wasn't I told about the role marksmanship played on that day, the day a bunch of farmers and shopkeepers, civilians all, took on, and vanquished, the strongest, best-trained military in the world?

I would urge you to bring your family and friends out to an Appleseed, to hear about the true story of what happened that day. And also learn a bit about marksmanship. You'll become a better American, and a better marksman, in the process.

The events are free for those under 21, women, and active duty military and law enforcement.
There is a small registration fee, $10 for women and $5 for kids under 21. Some of the ranges do charge a fee for the use of the property however that is not standard across each location. There are Appleseed events scheduled all across the United States.
<http://everydayeducator.com/click.html?x=a62b&lc=BthJI&mc=BX&s=IXgSs&y=O&> .  If you go to the schedule for a particular state and find an event please click on 'Information' in order to obtain the details.

If you are unable to attend an Appleseed the volunteers also have something called a Library Seed.
This is where a volunteer will work with homeschool groups to schedule a event to tell the story of the Three Strikes of the Match.

Project Appleseed: A Different Classroom

The Appleseed Project was founded by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, which is "committed to renewing civic virtue - prioritizing civic responsibility over personal interests and indulgence. We are wholly comprised of volunteers who commit time, resources and passion toward achieving the RWVA mission. As a 501(c)3 organization, we promote civic responsibility through the teaching of colonial history and the American tradition of rifle marksmanship in a safe, non-partisan environment." 

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Ramseur, NC 27316