This is a very sweet and precious time for us. Carolyn was home schooled until 10th grade was over, and we made the choice together for her to go to the public high school for grades 11 and 12. She needed more advanced instruction than I could provide, as I was chasing 6 kids, and yet someone needed to discuss the intricacies of literature and physics and calculus. She was ready for new experiences, I was headed into major neurosurgery with Caleb, and off to school she went.
A person can’t just go from homeschooling to public school high school here. They don’t accept unaccredited credits for transfer. To gain accreditation, she took credit by examination test for a bunch of credits. She did very well, except one low score on a a Latin test, but it was good enough for credit so she took it. That one score makes her meteoric rise even more impressive now.
She found when she got there that she was well prepared, ahead, really, in most everything but Spanish. She struggled with her entry to Spanish 2 in 11th grade. She
worked very hard at it, though, and she began to pull that grade up, and the others as well. At the end of her first semester, she ranked in the 70s out of 500. At the end of junior year, she ranked in the 30s. She scored amazingly on 3 AP exams as a junior; this year she will take 5. (She will rack up enough AP credits to start at University with more than a year’s worth of credits.)
Then she took the SATs and knocked them out of the park. She got a perfect verbal score. Her math was almost perfect. There was great rejoicing across the land, and the college hunt began in earnest. In the preparation of applications, we found out there were 5 errors on her transcript – and they were not in her favor. The grades were not accurate. We went in to the school to complain, and after 3 different meetings, we got it fixed. At the semester break of senior year, she had risen to the top ten in rank.
Now we find ourselves at the end of senior year. Final Ranks were announced on Monday – she is #3 in her class of 477. She was invited with the other top ten to a Rotary luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, and she was handed a microphone to tell the group about her future plans, and she did great in spite of her fear of public speaking. She is a poised and delightful, intelligent and kind, a beautiful young woman and we could not be more proud.
I would narrate the awards she has received, but they are too many. I am leaving out the scholarship offers from schools she is not attending next year; none were as helpful as the Texas State one. So here they are in list form.
Texas State University President’s Honor Scholarship, which covers full tuition !!!!!!!!
Sally Karnau Educational Scholarship administrated by the local school district
AP Scholar Award, National and Local
University Interscholastic League Scholar Award
Rotary Club Outstanding Student Award
National Merit Scholarship Commended Award
National Honor Society
Top 10% award
Summa Cum Laude designation