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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

ACT test registration deadline approaches

College-bound high school students who want to take the ACT Assessment have two chances to register before the Oct. 26 test date. The postmark registration deadline is Friday. The late registration deadline is Oct. 4 -- an addition fee is required for late registration. The test fee is $25. Students can find more information from their high school counselor or online at

Virtually all colleges and universities in the country accept ACT scores. The scores are considered for admissions and course placement, as are several other factors, including high school grade point average, college prep courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities and personal background.

The ACT Assessment is an achievement test that measures a student's academic skills in four subject areas: English, reading, mathematics and science. It is not an aptitude test. The ACT Web site has helpful information, including sample test questions and the opportunity to order test prep materials. Students also may register for the test online.

Era sponsors UAA scholarships

Era Aviation Inc. has donated funding for two scholarships to the University of Alaska Anchorage Aviation Technology Division. Two $5,000 Era Aviation Inc. scholarships will be awarded to students admitted to UAA's Aviation Maintenance Technology program to assist with tuition, fees and tool costs. One scholarship will be awarded to a helicopter maintenance student and one will go to a general aviation maintenance student.

Students must apply by Oct. 30 to be considered for these scholarships. For more information, contact the UAA Office of Student Financial Aid at (907) 786-1586.

Challenger Center offers classroom scholarships

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will award scholarships for 33 Alaska classrooms to participate in a Super Mission and for 25 classes to participate in an e-Mission. Three, one-week Outreach sessions also will be awarded.

The Super Mission includes a "Rendezvous with a Comet" or "Vayage to Mars" in-facility simulated space mission, a 2 1/2-hour class and overnight accommodations at the center. The program is designed for students studying space science in grades five through eight.

An e-Mission offers a distance learning experience where students and teachers participate in an interactive earth science simultaion via the Internet. The e-Mission is for middle and high school students.

Outreach brings hands-on, discovery-based science to fourth- through eighth-grade Alaska classrooms.

The scholarships are available through the "Today's Children ... Tomorrow's Future" grant administered by NASA's education division.

Applications must be submitted by fax or mail no later than Oct. 31, and recipients will be announced Nov. 30. Applications are available by e-mailing, visiting, calling 283-2000 or faxing 283-2279. For more information, call Jamie Meyeres, lead flight director, at 283-2000 or (877) 347-7223.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Program again this year.

Developed in 1978, the awards allow high school students to compete for scholarships by expressing patriotism through artwork.

Students enrolled in grades nine through 12 are eligible to enter. Monetary awards will be made at the school level, and the overall winner from the area will receive an additional award and be entered in the state level competition. The first-place state winner will be entered in the national competition, where the first prize is $10,000, plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Entries must be submitted on paper or canvas. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil mediums will be accepted, as will digital art. No computer disks will be accepted. Canvas entries must be submitted on stretcher frames; other entries must be matted on white and should not be framed. The art should be no smaller than 8-inches by 10-inches, but no larger than 18-inches by 24-inches.

All entries must be received by Nov. 27. For more information, visit, contact an art teacher in any of the area high schools or call Billie Huddleston at 283-9443.

Elks offer college scholarships

Each year, thousands of high school seniors nationwide vie for one of 500 Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student scholarships. The top male and female applicants will each receive $60,000 scholarships. The foundation also awards two second-place $40,000 scholarships; two third-place $20,000 awards and 494 $4,000 awards.

Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply. Male and female students compete separately and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Applicants must advance through local, district and state competitions to reach the national level. Winners will be announced around May 15.

Most Valuable Student contest applications are available online at, at any are Elks lodge or high school or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.

Completed applications must be submitted to the applicants nearest Elks lodge by Jan. 10.

State education board to meet in Anchorage

The State Board of Educaiton and Early Development will meet for a work session Sept. 26 and for regular meetings Sept. 27 and 28 in the school board room of the Anchorage School District, 4600 DeBarr Road.

At the work session, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the board will discuss adoptions by reference and supplemental high school testing options, as well as hear presentations by the Head Start Directors Association and the Task Force for the Teaching of Alaska History and Cultural Studies. The board will take public comment on agenda and nonagenda items from 1 to 2 p.m.

At the regular meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 28, the board will consider action on the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam cut scores, adoption of the Special Educaiton Handbook, special education hearings, special education hearing aids and attorney fees, child care assistance, child care licensing, child care erroneously obtained benefits and child care licensing variances. The meeting is open to the public.

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