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Cape Gazette School & Education FRIDAY, APRIL 1t - MONDAY, APRIL 14. 2014 89 Cape students tour nine Florida colleges AVID trip takes 44 students to Florida By Melissa Steele melissasteele@capegazette.com Nearly four dozen Cape stu- dents who hope to attend college visited the Sunshine State in March, touring nine college cam- puses and spending a day at Disney. Forty-four Cape High stu- dents enrolled in the school's Advancement Via Individual Determination program toured University of Florida, Flori- da State University, Bethune Cookman, Jacksonville State University, University of Cen- tral Florida, University of North Florida, Edward Waters College; Florida A&M University and Cape High senior Kierstyn Miller was accepted to Florida A&M University during a recent tour. Flagler University. One student was even accept- ed on site. "I'm still debating between Florida A&M and North Caro- lina A&T," said senior Kierstyn Miller. It will all come down to how much scholarship money is offered, she said. AVID advisor Robin Savage said Kierstyn was accepted to Florida A&M because she came prepared. "She completed an application and had her transcript, references and essay with her," Savage said. This was the first year Cape's AVID program has visited Flor- ida schools. The program helps students meet academic chal- lenges, encouraging them to improve their grades and set their sights on attending college Kierstyn joined AVID four years ago after friends recom- mended it to her, she said. She's a high B student who said her grades have improved ever since she started AVID. Kierstyn said she never would have visited the Florida schools if not for the AVID program. "I loved the campus and the atmosphere. Everyone was so positive, and the tuition was af- fordable," she said. Kierstyn said she was im- pressed by the school's clean campus with lots of new build- CAPE STUDENTS visit Florida F&M University as part of a recent AVID tour. ings, and she liked the way it was set on a hill. It's something she could only learn by traveling to the school, she said. "It's very important to visit the school. You can learn about it on the computer, but it's so different to be able to see it in person," Kierstyn said. Visiting college campuses was definitely the highlight of the trip, but a special afternoon was spent at Disney. "One of our students brought tears to our eyes," Savage said. "She sat out in front of the gates of Disney and cried in awe and said, 'I can't believe I am actually here.'" Savage said the group received compliments wherever they went - restaurants, hotels and the schools they visited. Savage said the seven-day trip was funded through donations from local businesses and fun- draising by the students, who paid $450 for the seven-day trip. Savage thanked Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, CHEF, Annabella's Restaurant, Vine- yard and Vines, Jersey Mike's, SUBMITTED PHOTOS Hopkins Farm Creamery, Milford Massage Therapy, Club Fitness, Casa DiLeo, Atlantic Movie The- ater and Rita's Italian Ice for their donations. "This trip was educational for all but more importantly it truly upheld the ideals of AVID. AViD is more than just a program and more than just academics," Sav- age said. "It is an opportunity for our students to establish lifelong academic skills, lifelong rela- tionships and create motivating, exhilarating lifelong commit- ment to their personal success." Delaware students invited to SUSSEX ACADEMY STUDENTS PRESENT 'INTO THE sign up for Junior Solar Sprint WOODS JUNIOR' Middle school students from across Delaware are invited to compete in the 20th annual Delaware Junior Solar Sprint Competition Wednesday, May 14, at Dover International Speedway. Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and Envi- ronmental Control's Division of Energy & Climate, the competi- tion is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders attending public or private schools in Delaware. Participants form teams of four to five students per car, with each team required to design, build and race a model car no larger than 30-by-60-by-30 centimeters. The cars must be powered by sunlight using a solar photovol- taic cell that converts the sun's energy into electricity. Students must consider such critical factors as aerodynamic drag; rolling resistance, weight, and drive train when design- ing their cars for speed and reliability. The race is a double- elimination competition with awards going to the five fastest cars. Awards also will be given for most innovative design. ]SS is a national program that was developed to pro- vide a hands-on opportunity for students to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts; creativity; and problem-solving skills as they design, construct, and race solar-powered cars. "Students have an exciting opportunity to apply the scien- tific concepts they are learning in class to a real-world chal- lenge with Junior Solar Sprint," said Lynda Haitz, national pro- gram manager for JSS at the Technology Student Associa- tion. "Kids develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principles of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best-crafted ve- hicle possible." For more information or to register for the event, contact Crystal Nagyiski at crystal.nagy- iski@state.de.us. More information also is available at www.energy.dnrec. delaware.gov. SUBMITTED PHOTO STUDENTS AT the Sussex Academy in Georgetown presented the Broadway production of "Into the Woods Ju- nior" March 14 and 15. Sussex Academy Music Director Jerry Birl directed, assisted by Mikaela Calloway and Mia Moshier. More than 425 people attended the two nights. Cast members include in back (I-r) Austin Ross, Collin Sullivan, Rebecca Brabitz, John Jacobson, Kyra Cutsai, :;  Sam Townsend and Zach Maier, middle row, Patricia Diaz, Abbey Ruark, Sophie Schmitt, Jacob Slabonik, Ash- ley Hangsteffer, Sarah Bennett, Allison Dayton, Maggie Smith, Stephanie Philcox, Abby Drummond and Carson Watts. In front are Erin Farley, Alexa Griffith, Marissa Hawtof, Toni DeBastiani, Adrianne Smith, Chloe Whittak- ..: er, Kimmie Aiken and Isabel Abboud.