Academy News by Ryan Widemon

The school year is over!   Or so the scholars think.  Students and staff worked very hard to finish the academic year strong and put the finishing touches on summer applications for academic programs, jobs, internships, and camps. Fourteen scholars ended the year in Academic Excellent Standing (3.5-4.0 GPA).  Ten scholars were in Academic Good standing (3.0-3.49 GPA).

In addition to their success in the classroom, our scholars will be participating in a variety of summer programs focused on the development of academic skills and leadership.  School ended, summer vacation started and immediately all our Juniors were in College Boot Camp, a week long intensive class on the common college application with a number of volunteers helping.  ACT scores just came in so they were also able to look at realistic college options.  At the end of the summer they will all participate in the BHGH Collegiate Camp.  They will meet other BHGH scholars, as all converge in Lincoln, NE for one week to put final touches on their application essays and look at career options and how those match with colleges they have selected.


For six weeks, all scholars will attend the BHGH Summer School.  The focus there will be on Reading, Writing and Math.  One activity we are excited to participate in is the Resident Story Project at Shalom House.  Scholars will be interviewing Shalom House residents, writing the biography and delivering the final bio to those they interview.  Bank of America will be teaching a financial literacy program thanks to a partnership with HomeAid Foundation.

Shaone received a scholarship to attend the Monterey-Middlebury Language Academy in Vermont.  She will be there for three weeks in a German intensive program.  This will give her a chance to be fluent in not just two languages but three!

Four scholars will be attending RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) in Estes Park.  The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  Jesus is attending the World Affairs Seminar on Global Energy at Carol College in Wisconsin.  Since he is a “science guy” he is looking forward to learning more about renewable energy, as well as learning about an out of state college.  Thank you to all the Rotarians and Rotary clubs that make these activities possible.

Six scholars will be at Junior Achievement Business Camp at Johnson and Wales University this year.  Competition was steep last year as all campers pitched their business ideas and one of our BHGH scholar teams won!  Hopefully, new attendees can bring home the honors again this year.  Eight scholars are attending the American Youth Foundation Leadership program at Camp Miniwanca in Michigan, through the generosity of a donor.  For several scholars, the adventure begins with their first plane ride.  Eveli and Maribel with be studying at their Sociology class held at Regis University.  They will spend their days at RU and get college credit for their class.  They are excited to be on a college campus!

Of course, summer jobs are a part of it all too.  Seventeen scholars have jobs.  Three are participating in the Solich Leadership Academy, earning money as caddies and thinking about a potential Evans Scholarship after high school.  Others are still looking for jobs, so if you know of something close to ACHS, let us know.

We are very fortunate to have great partners providing these opportunities to our scholars.  These unique and valuable experiences will help build upon on their road to college completion.

Finally, with June starting, the Academy officially has it first class of SENIORS!

Thank you for making this possible for all our scholars!