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Students Hope for Repeat Win in Math Competition

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They are back at it again. The “Little Figures” student group has entered another math video in a nationwide competition, and they are already No. 1 on the leaderboard out of more than 100 submissions.

Iman Zakaria, Sydney Vaughn, Londyn Hall, and Breanna Hutchison recently showcased their submission for the 2019 national MATHCOUNTS video challenge at a local movie theater, and KENS 5 recently interviewed two of the team members about the Avengers-themed video.

This new video centers on T’Chaya and the Avengers. The Avengers and Villains face off at Orlandia in a math challenge countdown. The Avengers call on the Little Figures and Tori of Mathkanda to help solve the math problem and help save the universe.

Last year, the team (Breanna Hutchison, Londyn Hall, Iman Zakaria, and Lindsey Simmons), competed against hundreds of other students across the United States in the challenge, which empowers students to take their math and problem-solving skills to the next level with a creative video project. The San Antonio team traveled to Washington, D.C. for the MATHCOUNTS banquet to get their winning trophies and scholarships.

Little Figures drew their name and inspiration from the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” movie – the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. The Little Figures team is also a part of the San Antonio chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr.

The team needs the support of the San Antonio community to make sure their video stay No. 1 by voting at videochallenge.mathcounts.org for the “Silver War Countdown” video every 24 hours through March 14. Visitors will have to create an account or login through a social media site in order to vote.

 

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2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion

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On July 8, 2021 Harvey, Louisiana native Zaila Avant-garde celebrated a historic win, becoming the first African American winner in the Scripps National Spelling Bee tournament’s 96-year history. She won in the 18th round correctly spelling the word “murraya.” Though her win is one for the books, Zalia has already broken some glass ceilings. She also holds three Guinness World Records for her impressive basketball skills.

Since her historic win, 14 year old Zaila has already received several full-ride scholarship offers to attend college. Zaila has aspirations to play basketball for Harvard, play for the WNBA, work for NASA or coach in the NBA.

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The Listening Tour

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KuriosEd is reaching out to faith leaders in San Antonio who have an interest in assisting their mission to drive broad awareness of the current educational system, and to align Black communities with the necessary resources and tools to achieve effective communal advocacy and equal access to education. Faith Leaders are usually the backbone of the community, and their input would be impactful. The event will take place over a complimentary breakfast at 10 am on July 16th in San Antonio. Interested attendees may register at http://kuriosed.org/listeningtour – KuriosEd wants to hear your voice! 

Additionally, on July 15th, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, a separate focus group will take place just for parents. During this session, parents will have an opportunity to share information/concerns/feedback about their child’s/children’s education. Snacks/refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a token of appreciation ($50 Gift Card) just for attending the event. Again, for more information visit http://www.kuriosed.org/ or to register visit http://kuriosed.org/listeningtour.

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Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program

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As a highly regarded HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University (located in the heart of Austin, Texas) is proud to announce our Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program! 

The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program, housed within Huston-Tillotson University’s African American Male Teacher Initiative funded by Apple Inc., provides one year of scholarship support to high-achieving HT freshmen who intend to pursue a career in Education.  

Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the Education field.  

Total award will cover all tuition, fees, room and board for an academic year. Scholarships are eligible for max three-year renewal, dependent on meeting scholarship requirements, persistence towards graduation, demonstrated financial need, and availability of funding.  

Who can apply? To be eligible to apply, applicants must:  

– Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States  

– Identify ethnically as African American, or Black  

– Identify as male – Classified as a Freshman  

– Be currently enrolled and in good standing at Huston-Tillotson University  

– Minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale  

– ACT Composite Score of 18, or greater; or SAT score 900, or greater (Combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math)  

– Program of study in Education  

– Demonstrate a strong academic record and evidence of persistence  

– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in the field of Education  

– Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the university 

Attached to this correspondence, you will find the Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Application as well as an informational flyer for announcement purposes. 

Questions may be directed to:   

Dr. Jennifer Miles, HTU’s Director of the Center of Academic Innovation; jpmiles@htu.edu 

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