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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Several schools in the region, including three from Roanoke County, have been dubbed top high schools by U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News recently released its list of top high schools, where it ranks schools nationally and statewide. Area schools that snagged a spot on the list are:
Schools are ranked using a three-step process. Officials first look at whether the school’s students perform better than “statistically expected for the average student in the state,” according to the U.S. News website. Schools that pass the first hurdle are then looked at to see if their least-advantaged students perform “better than average for similar students in the state.”
Finally schools that make it through the first two rounds have their Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data scrutinized to look at college readiness.
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The American Association of University Women’s Roanoke Valley branch awarded five $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors.
Recipients are: Kelly Albert and Olivia Williamson from James River High School, Zoe Aust from Salem High School, Jordan Kantor from Patrick Henry High School and Julia Lowen from Cave Spring High School.
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The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation recently awarded $60,000 worth of scholarships to area students.
During the nonprofit’s annual scholarship awards presentation last week, 85 scholarships were given out.
“These scholarships are being awarded to outstanding young men and women who are the pride of Roanoke County Public Schools,” Michael Mulvaney , the foundation’s president, said in a statement. “The scholarship selection committee had a very difficult time selecting the winners from many outstanding applications.”
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Faith Christian School senior Katherine Quiroz is among 1,000 students nationwide who have been named 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars, according to a news release from the school.
Among the 12 Virginia students selected for the honor, Quiroz is the only one from the Roanoke Valley.
The scholarship program, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, evaluates students on academic achievement, leadership and community service. According to the release, the scholarship is valued at $350,000 and will pay for Quiroz’s undergraduate education, and any studying abroad and graduate degrees.
Quiroz plans to attend Christopher Newport University in the fall and major in communications with minors in leadership and Spanish. She also plans to earn a master’s degree in teaching and eventually pursue a doctorate.
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