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Tip Sheet for the week including 1/18/2016

 

2016 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees announced

Updated

Date/Time

1/21/2016 , 7 p.m. to

Location

Tulsa Public Schools


Contact

Lisa Norman

918-746-6453
Normali@tulsaschools.org

Tulsa public Schools has released the names of four inductees for the 2016 class of the TPS Athletics Hall of Fame.

They are:

  • Michael Bolton, boys basketball coach at McLain;
  • Anthony Bowie, basketball player at East Central;
  • Rich Calmus, basketball and baseball player at Webster;
  • Gil Cloud, football player, coach and athletics administrator, Will Rogers;
  • James Furch, administrator and coach at Booker T. Washington;
  • Bruce Humphrey, baseball player at Hale;
  • Ernie Jones, athletics administrator and coach; Webster and Booker T. Washington;
  • Brandon Loyd, basketball player at Memorial;
  • John Starks, basketball player at Central;
  • John Ward (posthumous), wrestler and football player at Will Rogers; and
  • Kathy West, tennis player at Edison

The Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2013 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to his or her team, school or the school district during his or her career participation with TPS athletics.

Eleven new members will be inducted in the class of 2016, bringing total number of Hall of Fame members to 51.

The Hall of Fame induction banquet will be Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Marriott Southern Hills. For reservations, contact Lisa Norman at 918-746-6453 or normali@tulsaschools.org.

 


 

Central increases college acceptance numbers

Updated

Date/Time

1/11/2016 , to

Location

Central High

3101 W. Edison St.
918-833-8400

Contact

Steven Benson

918-833-8400
bensost@tulsaschools.org

Central High School Central High School has greatly increased the number seniors being accepted into college this year. As of Jan. 14, about 30 seniors have been accepted to four year colleges, with about another 20 accepted to community and junior colleges.

English teacher Steven Benson said he's seen 13 acceptances to Oklahoma State University, three to the University of Oklahoma and another two to the University of Tulsa. "Students actually see themselves as college material and are taking the appropriate steps to make sure they solidify a college of their choosing," he said.

The rest of Central's 95 seniors are still completing applications but will have them done by the end of the month. Benson said he doesn't have last year's numbers but knows this year's applications and acceptances are "way up."

"I believe this is proof to the outside world that students at Central are amazing and are just as motivated and talented as any other student," he said. "All of the parents I work with value education for their children, and now others can see it materializing. North Tulsa is filled with some accomplished people who are doing wonderful things in the world, and this year's seniors will be among that group after graduation."

Students have to submit proof of acceptance to a two year or four year college, trade school, military or other postsecondary option in their senior portfolio to graduate. Benson said the biggest change he's seen change from last year is the diversity of colleges that students are getting into, the prestige of the institutions and how early it's being done.

Benson said he attributes the increase to several factors. "First, we have made a big push for students to explore colleges at a younger age," he said. "We have two to three college visits for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors."

Other factors include increased ACT preparation to help students raise their scores and all high school staff working to help students find the right college for them.

"This has been a school-wide effort, which has helped students understand what their realistic options are," Benson said. "Individual teachers have also held Saturday sessions at coffee shops for students to work on college applications."

He said he has made applying to two colleges and completing a senior portfolio during the fall semester part of his classes. The senior portfolio includes college essays, letters of recommendation and resumes.

In addition to the applying to college and being accepted, students are being educated on financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help pay for college.

"I have worked hard to match students to individual scholarships based on their achievements, race, interests, etc.," Benson said. "The counselors always email students with scholarship opportunities and are also planning a FAFSA night for parents."

Another project for seniors is a senior legacy project, which is a 20 page report where they complete different assignments that help them leave their mark on the school. "One example is that students need to identify a problem at Central or in their community and actually take steps to fix the problem," Benson said.

 


 

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