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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 05 Delmarva Christian High School senior Rebecca Bryan of Long Neck has been named a semifinalist for the class of 2011 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. With the 2011 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foun- dation will have provided more than 4,700 young scholars nationwide with over $44 million in scholarships. %s a leading scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young peo- ple achieve their college goals," said Mark Davis, president of the foundation. "The economy continues to affect many stu- dents' ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foun- dation received nearly 71,000 applications this year, and the semif'malists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country." Bryan ranks with approximately 2,100 high school seniors who are in the run- ning for $3 million in college scholarships that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award in spring 2011. Students are se- lected to advance to this next phase based on the academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities. The class of 2011 Coca-Cola Scholarswill mark the 23rd consecutive year that the foundation has awarded scholarships. As semifmalists, students must submit additional information that will be re- viewed in January 2011 by a committee composed of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States. If advanced, Bryan will be among 250 finalists who will travel to At- lanta April 14-17, to attend the Coca-Cola SUBMITTED PHOTO REBECCA BRYAN ranks with approximately 2,100 high school seniors who are in the running _ for $3 million in college scholarships that the Co- ca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award in spring 2011. Scholars Weekend. During their visit they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designat- ed as a national or regional scholar. The 50 national scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award, while the 200 regional scholars will receive $10,000 scholarships. Two additional $20,000 scholarships are awarded by the Coca-Co- la Scholars Foundation, including the Co- ca-Cola Emory Scholarship and the Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cota bottlers across America and the Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes adiverse group of extraordinary high school sen- iors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created 25 years ago in 1986 to com- memorate the 100th anniversary of Coca- Cola and to establish a legacy for the edu- cation of tomorrow's leaders through col- lege scholarships. For information about Delmarva Chris- tian High School in Georgetown, call 856- 4040 or visit HELP SALVATION to SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese iguring out how grades are distributed in a school or in a classroom can be difficult.. Grades are defined by three variables: category, value mid time. Teachers are required to cre- ate policies that are posted and handed out in the beginning of the year one syllabus that state the percen.tages of specific cate- gories. For example, a grade for the marking period may bebooks that represent work not made up of several types of as- handed First step is to get signments such as class work, students to make up the wore homework, tests and quizzes. We offer reminders and give Grades may also carry weight time to get the work in, but that can come from either points sometimes these efforts go or value. I use points on assign- unanswered and the boxes re- ments to increase or decrease main empty. the importance of a paper. If This is where the letter 'T' there is a quiz then it may count comes in. I stands for incom- for 100 points, but a test would plete. If we place an I on the re- be worth 200 points, port card, then the student is The other variable is time. If a still able to do the work and turn student finishes the assignment it in for a grade. The I stands within the time frame, then he until the work is made up send- or she will receive full credit. If ing a signal to the student that the assignment is turned in late, there is no getting out of it - the then the points may be dimin- work must be done. This is ex- ished, actly what a Fairfax, Va. school As a marking period ends, implemented, according to the teachers are faced with a dilem- Washington Post. West Po- ma of what to do with all of tomac High School's new policy those empty boxes in our grade banned the "F" from the books and instead instituted the use of I for incomplete work The change in policy is a shift in per- ception of student achievement: they want students to continue to work toward mastery of the material rather than accepting a failing grade and moving on. The critics say that this will create students who have an un- realistic view of life, that in life there are deadlines that must be met and work that must be done within a time frame. Giving stu- dents an incomplete sends the wrong message. Teachers feel as if they are taking, away a tool that motivates students to do the work required for the course be- cause if there is no failinggrade, there is no incentive to get it done. Proponents counter that stu- dents must learn the content of the course and that extended " time may be the way to accom- plish the learning. They argue that struggling students need more time and help tO meet high expectations. Teachers will be expected to put in extra time t9 get students to do the work. Giving an I may be the way to enforce accountability to the content curriculum, a type of ' mastery learning being en- forced. Whichever side you look at, there are pros and cons Ultimately, time does march on and we are all held accountable in one way or another. Diane Saienni Albanese isa writer, parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. For previous columns and other ,~, writings, visit her blog at