Class of 2000 alum Daisy Griffin is raising money to publish her book “Samantha Loses the Box Turtle,” which was released in e-book format last year. You may donate electronically to this cause here.
Samantha Loses the Box Turtle is a children’s chapter book filled with fun and adventure while teaching about the lovable critter, the Eastern Box Turtle. It is broken up into 11 chapters, which contain 15 wonderful illustrations by Matthew Gauvin. Also included at the end of the book are Box Turtle Fun Facts and a Quiz to help further your child’s reading enjoyment.
When Samantha’s grandfather finds a box turtle on a busy street the only thing to do is bring him home. Sam’s mom says that he has to be let go, but not before zany drama ensues. You’ll have to read to find out how Samantha Loses the Box Turtle!
Griffin graduated from Auburn University in 2006 with a degree in Zoology. She is an award winning educator, developing curriculum that brings ecology lessons alive for young children. She is very active in local ecology awareness programs, and is employed at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve mentioned in the book. When she is not rescuing animals from the many things they can get into on their own, she and her husband are raising three children, who are as much or more interested in creatures as she is. While all the Samantha Stories are works of fiction they start with an animal found in real life.
Graduation 2012 video.
ASMS Graduation 2012! Congrats to all the seniors who made it!
The ASMS students who took the 2012 French National Exams fared well. At Level 1, Freddy Argueta, Ariana Parsons, and Brian Powell performed in the top 10th percentile nationally and earned National Laureate status. They each received a medal. Argueta and Parsons share 8th place in Alabama and Brian placed 9th in Alabama. Jane Murphy placed in the top 20th percentile nationally, making 10th place in Alabama and earned an Honor Certificate.
At Level 2, Elizabeth Self and Adetoyosi Obikoya placed in the top 10th percentile nationally and also earned National Laureate status. They both received a medal. Self placed 4th in Alabama, earning her a gift certificate, and Adetoyosi placed 11th in Alabama. Caitlin Martinez-Lee follows with an Honor Certificate on 15th place in Alabama. French is taught by Muriel Hoequist.
Seventeen students were inducted into the National Latin Honor Society in early May: Ai Abshire, Alex James, Maren Bollinger, Danford Jordan, Meredith Coe, Rachel Combs, Kyle Filby, Hugh Dennis French, Brandon Johnson, Andrew Lee, Keith Long, Julia Nelson, Quinton Turner, and Hannah Waggerman. Requirements include a B average by spring quarter, and ongoing success in the Latin course (B average as well).
Ai Abshire, Meredith Coe, and Quinton were voted Most Spirited Latin Students for the academic year 2011-2912 by their peers. Prizes awarded included cast metal Roman warriors, coins and a goddess statuette (Triformis). In addition, the inductees further honored Jane Murphy, enrolled Advanced Latin, who recently won a $4,000 award for Latin study at Cambridge University this summer. Latin is taught by Dr. Malcolm Donalson.