Current Croomies Shine: Congratulations Samantha Solberg and Katie Fosburgh

Samantha Solberg is an official winner of the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest. The Dreamers Class 2014

Katie Fosburgh has been selected by the regional NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Awards Committee as a North Central Florida Competition Affiliate Award Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Crooms Students Can Now Earn AA Degree In High School

Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) and Seminole State College (SSC) have partnered together to offer Crooms Academy of Information Technology (Crooms AoIT) students the opportunity to earn their Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at the same time they are earning their high school diploma.

The students will not be required to pay for any of the materials or tuition to attend/complete the courses for their A.A. degree. This opens up tremendous prospects for those students choosing to participate in the program.

Read the SCPS Press Release.

Passing of a Former Croomie: Miguel Javier Figueroa Marzan

To Our Crooms Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of former Croomie Miguel Javier Figueroa Marzan. He would have been part of the Class of 2012. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the right rear tire blew out on a vehicle Miguel was a passenger in in the early morning hours of Friday, January 10th. The vehicle overturned several times and Miguel did not survive the accident. The driver and other passenger remain in serious condition.

While I cannot personally speak to the type of person Miguel was, Class of 2011 graduate Amani Chyrstale has been gracious enough to allow us to share her heartfelt memorial for Miguel: http://diaryofabg29.blogspot.com/2014/01/we-only-part-to-meet-again-rip-miguel.html.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Miguel,

Frank C. Bracco
Class of 2006

When the call went out to support Crooms Academy of Information Technology during The Founders Society campaign, Class of 2006 graduate Matthew Tucker was one of the alum to answer the call. In many ways, he is representative of past and present benefactors of Crooms: a long-term financial supporter who gives while asking for nothing in return and who also quietly commits his time to assist current students. Matthew has been a financial supporter of our scholarship program since it first started in 2007, regularly stepping up to assist at events like Teach-In Day, and provided behind-the-scenes support when it came time to create the Alumni Association.

Matthew was born and raised in Winter Springs and attended Sanford Middle School's magnet program for math, science, and technology. During middle school, he developed an interest in technology and computers thanks to the magnet program. Seminole County Public Schools' high school magnet programs left him with a choice: attend his home school, Seminole High School's International Baccalaureate program, or upstart Crooms Academy of Information Technology. For Matthew, the opportunity to be around a community of people that were interested in technology proved to be an alluding reason to attend Crooms AoIT.

Continue reading the full interview with Matthew Tucker
Check out the Q&A with Matthew
See other members of The Founders Society
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December Drive to Success - We Need You to Continue the Scholarship Program

The weather is changing, the fall sporting season just finished with spectacular showings by the Crooms AoIT swimming & diving team and bowling team, and a flurry of Homecoming activities are coming up on December 6th. All this means December is upon us. And, that means it's time for the annual Crooms AoIT Alumni Association's December Drive to Success fundraiser for the scholarship fund. You can support Crooms AoIT by donating at www.croomsalumni.com/donate.

This year, Crooms Academy of Information Technology marks a big anniversary: its 10th graduating class! The past 12 months have demonstrated that Crooms AoIT continues to offer students one of the finest educations in Seminole County. Croomies performed superbly on the SAT, dominated other high schools on the FCAT, and for the fifth year in a row the school was ranked in the top 5 percent of high schools nationwide and received a Silver Medal From US News and World Report. The faculty had its share of successes too: Ms. Juanita Williams was a McDonald's Featured Teacher for Seminole County Public Schools and Mr. Derek Jensen was named SCPS Rookie Teacher of the Year. And, this fall, Ms. Demetria Hayes-Faison was named the new principal of Crooms AoIT while Dr. Angela Miller joined the faculty as the new athletic director.

All of these successes highlight how important it is to support the current students at Crooms AoIT. The school's continued success is due to alumni and community involvement. During this "Season of Giving" we invite you to open up your hearts and join us as we kick off our December Drive to Success Program. For the past seven years, the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association has provided one graduating senior with a scholarship. This year, we're behind on scholarship donations; only approximately $100 has been donated. We need to fill this gap, and your generosity can help us! While each of us may only be able to give $5 or $10, as a whole we can raise more than enough money to give back to Crooms AoIT and make a difference in someone's life.

To make a donation, all you have to do is visit www.croomsalumni.com/donate. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at donate@croomsalumni.com. Also during the December Drive to Success, we invite all alumni to take part in Homecoming on December 6th.

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