Notes from the Academy by Ryan Widemon

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January at the Academy welcomed in the new year with a variety of exciting activities as well as introducing our group mentoring and career panel programs. The scholars began the semester in great fashion, with 93 percent of our scholars starting the semester in “good” academic standing (unweighted GPA of 3.0+).  We are very proud of what our scholars have been able to achieve academically, and look forward to continued success in this new year.

In addition to academics, the Academy scholars participated in our first career panel program, which introduces scholars to professions that they have shown interest in pursuing in their futures. We achieve this objective by bringing in volunteers from the community to discuss their careers in the fields that our scholars request. This month we had a speech pathologist, nurse, and computer engineer come to ACHS to speak to our scholars.

The big news from the month however was the launch of our new group mentoring program. This concept will utilize the 9 committed mentors we currently have in a group mentoring setting which meets every other Wednesday until the end of the year. The end of the year goal for this program is to have a 1 to 1 mentor/mentee match. The first meeting with the mentors and mentees went very well and we are excited to see how the program will unfold throughout the remainder of the school year.

While the Academy scholars had a long weekend, our Juniors visited Adams State University in Alamosa.  They stayed in the dorms, attended a class and enjoyed dorm food.  They even got to visit the Sand Dunes National Park.

Thank you for providing all these opportunities!