Sunday, May 3, 2009

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Sun Prairie High School senior Jennifer Anderson for being named a 2009 Wisconsin All-State Scholar and recipient of a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.

Sun Prairie has had a rather lengthy drought from having a student achieve this honor. Certainly we haven't had a winner in at least the past 3 years. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) offers this information about the All-State Scholars Program:

Wisconsin All-State Scholars Program
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators' Foundation for Educational Administration annually sponsor the Wisconsin All-State Scholars/Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Program. This recognition program was begun in 1986 (the Robert C. Byrd scholarship was added in 1987) and has been an outstanding success each year. Each year over 500 high school senior students are nominated by their principals to be named All-State Scholars. Every nominee receives a beautiful certificate and statewide publicity in a special Sunday supplement in the Wisconsin State Journal. Over one hundred students traditionally receive scholarships.

Wisconsin All-State Scholars/Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee of school administrators with equal representation from each congressional district. Recipients are chosen based on their overall grade point averages and ACT/SAT test score. Pending full funding at the federal level, Byrd scholarships may provide a scholarship of $1,500 per year for up to four years. The student may use this scholarship at any post-secondary educational institution in the United States.

2009 all-state scholars

Not only is Ms. Anderson a fine scholar, but a little birdie tells us that she is also an accomplished martial artist, holding a 2nd degree black belt. Congratulations Jennifer and SPHS!