The Spring 2017 edition of Sweet Inspirations is now available for download. The magazine is populated with artwork, photography, and writing created by students in grades 7-12 in Lauderdale County. Students apply for inclusion in the publication, with the top three entries in each category receiving prizes and recognition in the magazine. Writing categories are fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Graphic art categories are artwork and photography.
Mr. and Miss ATCTC
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Mr. and Miss Allen Thornton: Ricky Lard and Lauren Williams.
Lauren is a senior Health Science student from Brooks High School who has been extremely active at both ATCTC and Brooks. She has been coming to Health Science for 2 years and recently earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certification. She is president of HOSA, and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society. At Brooks Lauren plays multiple sports and has actually signed a scholarship to play college volleyball while pursuing her RN degree.
Ricky is a senior Collision Repair student from LCHS who has attended ATCTC for the past 3 years. He has competed in SkillsUSA at both the district and state levels. He is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society and has been previously chosen as one of ATCTC's Students of the Month. According to his instructor, Ricky is the type of hardworking, responsible, and mannerly students that will be successful at whatever he does!
U.S. News and World Report released its 2017 listings of the Best High Schools in the nation, and seven Lauderdale County Schools were among those recognized. Brooks High School, Central High School, and Lauderdale County High School, Lexington High School, Rogers High School, Waterloo High School, and Wilson High School were each awarded a Bronze medal, with Brooks being ranked number 32 among the 363 recognized high schools in Alabama. Rankings were established using a four-step rubric based on student performance on state math and reading scores, the performance of the school's disadvantaged students in relation to the state average performance for disadvantaged students, the school's graduation rate, and the percentage of students taking and passing AP college-prep classes and exams. Rankings for the 2017 Best High Schools were based on data from the 2014-2015 school year. To learn more about the selection process or the details about each school's ranking, visit the U.S. News and World Report website.
Thursday, May 11th will be our Allen Thornton Career Technical Center Awards Day on our campus in the auditorium. Family members are invited!
This summer, while teachers and students in Lauderdale County will be taking a much-needed break from school, Lexington High School history teacher Jason Lard will be participating in a rigorous seminar about the life of George Washington. The seminar, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will be held at Washington's home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia this July. The selection process was highly competitive and Lard had to write an essay as part of the application process. In addition to completing the seminar's stringent coursework, Lard will also have to read three books about Washington before the seminar even begins. Lard teaches American history at Lexington, and he looks forward to gaining a unique insight into the father of our country. "I am excited about this great opportunity and encourage other teachers to investigate the valuable resources provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute." The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a non-profit organization based in New York City that curates and offers free resources and training to teachers and schools.
Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Bolding, ATCTC Engineering instructor who was awarded Lauderdale County School System's Secondary Teacher of the Year Award! Mrs. Bolding is completing her third year at ATCTC where she was instrumental in the development of our Project Lead the Way Engineering program. Amy is a fantastic teacher who balances her compassion for students with a rigorous academic classroom that fosters excellence among her students. Over the past three years she has celebrated with her students as they have earned nationally-recognized credentials, won college scholarships, and excelled in competitions.
Mrs. Bolding is a graduate of Red Bay High School, earned her BS in General Chemistry/Biology from UNA, and her Master's Degree in Education in General Science from UNA.