Linda Frazer Mayson has joined the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science as the Director of Development. Mayson brings more than 20 years of successful experience in all aspects of fundraising strategy and non-profit management to ASMS and she will be responsible for major donor strategy, implementation, and solicitation, events, board development, and annual giving. As the Alabama School of Math and Science approaches its 20th anniversary, the development department will emphasize fundraising plans building on the success of the school, its graduates, and the impact ASMS has on the community.
“We welcome Linda into our community,” said ASMS President Dr. Larry Turner. “Linda comes to ASMS with a vast amount of fund raising experience and will do a great job!”
Mayson takes over for Bebe Lindsey, who retired in December after 15 years of service to the school.
Just before the holiday break, ASMS students who made the honor roll for the fall term were honored at an assembly.
By Kira Yancey
1. ACT – By this time, you should have at least signed up to take the ACT. The absolute latest test date the school will accept is February, but December is preferred.
2. School Information – While some schools are very efficient in gathering the required information and sending it in a timely manner, some are not. You should probably have already given your recommendation forms to teachers to ensure they get them in on time.
3. Teachers – Make sure you select the right teacher to write your recommendation. If you can, choose someone you know likes you. There is no shame in giving it to someone you know will write a good recommendation over someone who you may not know as well, even if it isn’t your current teacher.
4. Transcripts – Waiting until January may seem a little last minute, but you have to keep in mind that your first semester grades need to be on your transcripts or it is considered incomplete. Putting in your transcript request form before January could cause your school to send it in without those vital grades.
5. Essay – This is one part of the application you need to do completely alone. Having your parents proof-read isn’t a bad idea, but make sure it is all your own words and you stick right around the word limit.
6. ACT Scores – Of course, grades are an important part of getting into ASMS. We like ACT scores to be in the 20s, but the whole student is taken into consideration when being evaluated. There are many things that could affect your being accepted even if your scores aren’t quite as high as others.
7. Sending It In – Remember, you don’t have to send the entire application in at one time. If you are getting it finished in pieces, go ahead and send those pieces in. It isn’t evaluated until completed, and it’s a good way to make sure nothing is lost.
8. Family – Attending this school is a family decision. Make sure your entire family is in on the decision, because if one party (whether it be the student or the parent) is unsure or doesn’t like the final decision, it could cause big problems later on.
9. Activities – When filling out the various activities section on your application, don’t be afraid to put even the smallest of accomplishments. Helping your grandmother, babysitting younger siblings, cutting grass for an elderly neighbor, or church events are very good things to include.
10. Deadline – The most important thing to remember is to have everything sent in by the deadline, February 1. No matter what is on the application, it won’t be considered if it isn’t complete. Late applications are not accepted (with the exception of ACT scores).
The ASMS choir and band performed in the ASMS Auditorium yesterday. Martha Mozer leads the choir, while Tim Grabill leads the band.
Students danced the night away at Winter Formal 2011, which was held in downtown Mobile at Cafe Royal. The dance was sponsored by the SGA and was planned by the Activities Committee.