September 28, 2012

Flint's Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields visits SABIS charter school in Flint, MI

The International Academy of Flint, a top performing SABIS K-12 charter school in Flint, Michigan, enrolling over 1,100 Flint students, hosted Flint's own Olympian gold medal winner, Claressa Shields.

Claressa Shields grew up in Flint and began boxing when she was only 11 years old.  By the 2012 Summer Olympics, at age 17, female boxers stepped into the ring for the first time to compete for Olympic gold.  Shields won the Olympic middleweight gold medal, in a 19-12 victory over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova.  She made history by becoming the U.S. fighter to win gold in Olympic women’s boxing.  She's a true pioneer and an excellent ambassador for Flint.

Claressa posing with staff during her visit to the International Academy
Mr. Kendall of the International Academy, who helped train Claressa

September 18, 2012

Springfield's SABIS charter school encouraging early start in college search

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - For students just beginning their freshman year of high school, college may seem like a long way away, but at least one area school thinks that’s the perfect time for students to begin to consider their next step.

At SABIS International Charter School in Springfield , students in all four years of high school attend their annual college fair, which was held Monday morning. School Director Erin Reuter told 22News that they find it important to have students involved at an early stage in the process.

“It is our hope that by having all of our students participate, meet with representatives, that we might be successful in having all of our students achieve their college dream,” she said.

Students met with representatives from the colleges, getting answers to questions about admissions, academics, and campus life.

“We feel it’s important for our freshmen to come and meet with representatives,” Reuter said, “It will allow them to begin early on their college pathway.”

More than 50 colleges and universities from around New England and beyond participated in the fair at SABIS.

Springfield high school encouraging early start in college search