Congratulations 2015 Student Achievement Month State Winners!
Watch a video of this year’s SAM Luncheon below:
The winners of the statewide contest receive prizes valued up to $1,000 and high school seniors can opt for scholarships in lieu of prizes. During the Student Achievement Month luncheon, 9 state winners received baskets that included a Kindle Fire and CIS memorabilia. State winners are also exposed to new experiences when they stay overnight at a top tier hotel, eat at The Varsity and learn about the media during a television station tour. Some of the honorees come from rural areas and have never been to a big city or even seen an escalator, while others reside in an urban environment but still somehow have not experienced much outside the radius of their school and home. So honoring these students with a “pull out all the stops red carpet treatment” during the celebratory luncheon is a big deal.
State winners, their families and site coordinators, as well CIS sponsors and supporters gathered to honor the state winners achievements and growth. We are so proud of all of their hard work. Their enthusiasm paid off and reminded us, once again, at CIS of Georgia, why we do what we do.
2015 Student Achievement Month Highlights (State Winners)
Ka’liyah Moore – Middle School – 7th Grade
CIS of Atlanta
CIS has been a great help to me. Especially this 2014-2015 year. In the beginning of the 2014 year, my apartment burned down. CIS provided my family and me with clothes and house hold items. It wouldn’t be much to some people but it meant the world to me. I didn’t understand that people, people who never knew me or even heard of me could be s nice and decide to give my family stuff that made me forget all about the fire. Also, this year my CIS coordinator, Ms. Pam Hurst helped me a lot with dealing with things at home and feeling like I was disappointing everyone. I like that she is always proud of me and I like that CIS made me confident and proud of myself. Thank you CIS for all you have done for me these past years and many more years to come.
Travis Riddle – High School – 9th Grade
CIS of Atlanta
I am a young man being raised in a single-parent home by my father. I have 2 other siblings that live with my mother. At times I feel life and school would be so much better for me if everyone had patience to help me. But that’s where Dr. Warren comes in because she is like a mom to me. Some of the students even call her mom and granny. When I am around her I can laugh, be myself and talk about anything. She understands me. That’s one reason CIS has been good for me.
2015 Student Achievement Month State Winners
2015 Student Achievement Month Highlights (State and Regional Winners)
Maya Coates – High School – 12th Grade
CIS of Dodge
The Treasure Map
My art works shows how Communities In Schools made a difference in my life, through after school programs. They help me with my school work and basic needs to help me succeed in school for all four years and to graduate from college. My site coordinator, Ms. McMillan, helps me to plan for the future. this is the plan I have created for my future.
The Treasure Map represents the student’s map to success. Each part of the map represents the things that surround the student and help her to be successful.
- Balance Scale – the balance of education and daily life
- Puzzle pieces – the puzzles in life
- Koi fish – the ability to swim through problems
- Books – all of the subjects that the student studies
- Spanish flag – community and language
- Hands – “reaching for the stars”
- Tree – the body and growth
Communities In Schools has touched my life through the 21st century Afterschool Program, and through the help from my site Coordinator. These programs connects students and teachers in a different environment that gives them individual hep and better grades in school.
Savannah Dunn – High School – 9th Grade
CIS of Catoosa
This poster illustrates the ways in which Communities In Schools has helped me and my family. They helped us with Thanksgiving and brought us Christmas presents. They also brought us heaters when ours stopped working. They even helped us get clothes. I am very thankful for CIS.
Jewell Brown – Middle School – 7th Grade
CIS of Atlanta
My creative expressions shows how I think CIS has made a difference in my life. In our CIS meetings we talk about lifting each other up and not making others feel bad about themselves. I added words to show what I think CIS is all about.
Student Achievement Month (SAM) is an annual event and recognizes CIS students, grades K-12, who are sometimes overlooked and often expected to underachieve. SAM boosts student’s confidence and helps them set new goals and gain a better understanding of the importance of academic achievement and succeeding in school.
Hundreds of CIS students throughout Georgia participate. Our sponsors help CIS provide prizes valued up to $1,000 to our state winners. To receive information on how you can support the program or become a sponsor, e-mail cbroussard(at)cisgeorgia.org.
2015 Student Achievement Month Regional Winners
|First Name||Last Name||CIS Site||Category||School Level|
|Jessica||Termidor||Douglas PLC||Creative Expression||High|
|Alexis||Wolfe||Douglas PLC||Public Speaking||High|
|Brittany||Barrett||Marietta PLC||Written Expression||High|
** SAM regional judges were from Georgia State University. **
Past SAM Results
2015 Participating Sponsors | Sponsorship Details