WEEK OF JANUARY 26, 2015

BLOOD DRIVE: Today is the blood drive. If you are donating blood today, please stay in class and runner will come and get you and escort you down to the gym. Please do not come down to the gym on your own. If you would still like to donate, please see Mrs. Grai in the gym for an appointment time.

DRAMA CLUB: Attention drama club members. There will be a very short meeting on Wednesday, January 28 in room 102 immediately following dismissal. We will discuss auditions and pass out the scripts for the spring musical.

GUIDANCE: Ohio State University and the Ohio Society of CPA'S are offering an all-expense paid, week-long intensive accounting career exploration session at the main campus of The Ohio State University. See Schoology or see Mr. Kasper in guidance for more details. Application deadline is April 1. Applicant must be a minority high school student. This scholarship is also sponsored by the National Association of Black Accountants.

The William D. Squires Educational Foundation is offering 15 scholarships ($3,000 per year, renewable for four years) to graduating seniors. Minimum requirements require: a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and absolute financial need. There are other requirements. Applications are accepted from February 1 until April 6. Visit Schoology or see Mr. Kasper in guidance for more details.

February 27 is the deadline for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program. Especially encouraged to apply are students planning to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the automotive industry. For more information see Schoology or Mr. Kasper in Guidance.

The Americans of Italian Descent Society is again offering college scholarships to residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga Counties. Financial need is desirable. At least one parent must be of Italian descent. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. The application deadline is May 15. For an application see Mr. Kasper in guidance or Schoology for more details.

The Esperanza Scholarship Program annually awards college scholarships to eligible Hispanic students who reside in Cuyahoga County.  Requirements include:  2.5 accumulative grade point average and at least one parent who is fully Hispanic or birth in a Hispanic country.  See Mr. Kasper in Guidance or Schoology for more details.

Washington University in St. Louis is offering a variety of summer programs including pre-medical and pre-engineering institutes to current sophomores and juniors. See Mr. Kasper for more information.

Attention, students who love to write. From June 14 to June 21, 2015, Denison University in Granville, Ohio is hosting the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, a residential program, for current sophomores, juniors and seniors. This is an opportunity for students to work intensively with acclaimed poets and writers on Denison's college campus. The application deadline is March 2, 2015. See Mr. Kasper in guidance or Schoology for more details.

Attention, seniors: The 2015 Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools Legislative Scholarship Program for Ohio graduating seniors are offering over 220 scholarships from $2,000 to $44,000. Deadline for applications is April 10, 2015. See Schoology for more information.

The Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland is again awarding a scholarship (ranging in value from partial to full tuition) to a high school senior woman from the greater Cleveland area that will be entering Ohio University as a freshman in the fall of 2015. Among the selection criteria: A 3.5 GPA and a minimum of 25 on the ACT. See Schoology or Mr. Kasper for application forms and more details.

OGT REVIEW: OGT review for Social Studies begins today. All students who will be taking the examination this spring are welcome to attend. Please see Ms. Nahra in room 102. Review will begin at 3:15 p.m. in room 102.

PHILOSPHY CLUB: All are welcome to join the philosophy club today after school in Ms. Johnson's room as we discuss whether America is truly the greatest nation.

VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE: Attention Vikings! The VASJ "Valentine's Day Soiree" can only happen with your support. The dance is scheduled for Sunday, February 15, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. This function will be a full dress-down (stay classy) and take place right here in our gym. Tickets are on sale for $15. Buy now and all through this week. Tickets are available during all three lunch periods in the cafeteria. If we don't have enough tickets sold the dance will be cancelled. See Chad Porter or Mr. Gooding for details.

VASJ TRANSPORTATION: All transportation students will be picked up in the circular drive in the front of the school.

VIKING ATHLETICS: Congratulations to our boys and girls basketball teams on their wins over rivals Cleveland Central Catholic and Holy Name. Way to go Vikings!

There will be a short meeting after school this Wednesday, January 28 for any students interested in playing soccer next fall. No previous experience is necessary.

Attention all Vikings: Are you interested in starting a tennis team here at VASJ? If so, there will be an informational meeting this Thursday, January 29 in room 101 at 3:15 p.m. If you are not able to attend and are interested, please see Ms. Nahra.