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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.


~Note from Deb~  This info is FYI only.  Everest does not have a robotics team.  If you are interested in starting one, I would be happy to advertise for you.  

Dear Fellow Homeschoolers,

As a homeschool parent I have really appreciated the values and opportunities my children have received through participation in FIRST Robotics, not only in technical areas, but in various business areas as well. In six weeks we built a 120-pound robot to play Frisbee and climb a 8-foot pyramid!

Team Higher Voltage would like to invite you to attend a FIRST Robotics Competition regional event in your area in the next few weeks. See http://www.usfirst.org/whats-going-on to find the dates and locations near you.

Even though there are 2000 high school FRC teams worldwide, our homeschool team won an invitation to attend the 2012 World Championship Competition. There are FIRST teams for students ages 6-18. We have created two short videos about FIRST: one highlighting our team FRC Team Higher Voltage Video and another featuring the Career Exploration Opportunities available through FIRST. Career Exploration Through FIRST Video

We hope you enjoy learning about FIRST Robotics!

Kandis Brighton
Northwest Robotics Team Higher Voltage - Mentor

Student Spotlight: Dakota, Dalton, and Mary Kathryn Morrow

Dakota Morrow, 11th grade, Dalton Morrow, 8th grade & Mary Kathryn Morrow, 5th grade, all of Everest Academy, participated in State 4H Archery Competition for the 1st time on Saturday, March 9th in Anniston. They have been learning under the direction of Barbara Johns with Cullman County 4H for 4 months. Each of them competed in the division of "Compound with Sights". It was really fun to compete with other archers from across the state. Mary Kathryn competed as a Junior, and her team took 2nd place in the State overall.  She was in the top 4 of her team. Dakota & Dalton competed as Seniors, and their team also took 2nd place in the state overall.  Dakota was in the top 4 of his team. They hope to continue to learn & improve their skills as archers & return to state competition next year!

Woo hoo!  Way to go guys!

If your Everest Academy has done something you would like to spotlight, please send the info along with a pictures to Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  I love to hear all about it!

Scholarships & Financial Aid

College Financial Aid & Scholarships
Man, oh man!  College can cost an arm and a leg!  Look below for lots of information on college financial aid and scholarship information.  

  • Fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid application & information
  • Finaid.org - Loans, scholarships, and military aid
  • College Aid Calculator - Estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for college, according to federal financial aid guidelines
  • Welcome to the College Board's Scholarship Search!  We created this online tool to help you locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background. Complete the brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from our database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 BILLION in available aid!  College Board
  • Shelby County Scholarship Page - Great listing of current scholarship opportunities. 
  • Homeschool Buyer's Co-Op - This site has a huge listing of scholarships and contests available to homeschooler's of all ages. 
All info is FYI only.  Please contact the institution offering the scholarship or financial aide directly.
For additional scholarship and financial aid information, vist www.fastweb.com.

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Student Spotlight: Zach Hamby

Zach Hamby, 7th grade Everest Academy homeschooler, received two awards on March 9 at the UAB-CORD Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair:
  • U.S. Army Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Honorable Mention (Junior Energy & Transportation Category)
Project: "How Slow Can You Go?"
Does surface area and shape affect a parachute's rate of descent?

Way to go Zach!!!  

If your child is enrolled in Everest Academy and has done something you would like other homeschoolers to know about, please email Deb Spradlin the info along with a picture to everestacademy1@gmail.com to be a Student Spotlight!!!  I hear about awesome things your kids are doing all the time but rarely do you guys send me the info!!!  Please do!