Hear ye, hear ye! On this twelfth day of April, in the year two thousand eleven, the #1 son of Mrs. Hillbilly Mom returned from the Missouri state WYSE. competition with two medals clanging around his neck. 1st Place in English, Small Schools Division. 2nd Place in Math, Small Schools Division. His team placed second in the Small Schools Division, and fourth overall.
Also on this day in history, today, to be exact, the local paper ran a picture and a blurb about #1's recent Best in Fair award at the local junior college Science Fair. According to the blurb, #1 won a scholarship. That is news to us. No mention was made of it at the fair. We know that every year, a scholarship is awarded to a high school participant. We thought it went to a senior. #1 is a sophomore. Perhaps no seniors entered this year. Or perhaps the Best in Fair always wins the scholarship. This will require some further investigation. According to another article, which did not state the conditions to be met for the winning of the scholarship:
One qualified high school winner will also receive a Science Fair Scholarship worth $750 per semester towards tuition, fees, books, or housing, in addition to any other scholarship that the student may receive, such as the A+ state scholarship program, which does not cover books or housing.
Which would be a sweet deal. #1 plans to go to the junior college for two years before transferring to Rolla, the school of engineering. Not to be counting our chickens so early, but he is on track to make valedictorian or salutatorian, which is an automatic Trustees Scholarship, and he will most likely meet the A+ requirements for tuition and fees. Knock on that piece of wood newly-taped between Nellie's horns.
Of course, #1 is always on the lookout for greener pastures. He's shooting for a full ride to a school with more status. He is planning to retake the ACT at the end of his junior year, to see if he can beat his 1st-semester sophomore score of 31. The highest score possible is 36. Here's a may-or-may-not-be fact from Wikipedia:
Forty-five percent—1,480,469 students—of the 2009 high school graduating class took the ACT. The average composite score was a 21.1 in 2009.
According to About.com, the range of composite scores for Harvard students is 31-34, and for Stanford, it's 30-34. That's the middle 50% of their students. So I guess getting in is not a pipe dream for #1. The financial side of it? Pipe dream.
Sorry to keep tooting the familial horn. But I'm really proud of that young whippersnapper.