When the call went out to support Crooms Academy of Information Technology during The Founders Society campaign, Class of 2006 graduate Matthew Tucker was one of the alum to answer the call. In many ways, he is representative of past and present benefactors of Crooms: a long-term financial supporter who gives while asking for nothing in return and who also quietly commits his time to assist current students. Matthew has been a financial supporter of our scholarship program since it first started in 2007, regularly stepping up to assist at events like Teach-In Day, and provided behind-the-scenes support when it came time to create the Alumni Association.

Matthew was born and raised in Winter Springs and attended Sanford Middle School's magnet program for math, science, and technology. During middle school, he developed an interest in technology and computers thanks to the magnet program. Seminole County Public Schools' high school magnet programs left him with a choice: attend his home school, Seminole High School's International Baccalaureate program, or upstart Crooms Academy of Information Technology. For Matthew, the opportunity to be around a community of people that were interested in technology proved to be an alluding reason to attend Crooms AoIT.

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December Drive to Success - We Need You to Continue the Scholarship Program

The weather is changing, the fall sporting season just finished with spectacular showings by the Crooms AoIT swimming & diving team and bowling team, and a flurry of Homecoming activities are coming up on December 6th. All this means December is upon us. And, that means it's time for the annual Crooms AoIT Alumni Association's December Drive to Success fundraiser for the scholarship fund. You can support Crooms AoIT by donating at www.croomsalumni.com/donate.

This year, Crooms Academy of Information Technology marks a big anniversary: its 10th graduating class! The past 12 months have demonstrated that Crooms AoIT continues to offer students one of the finest educations in Seminole County. Croomies performed superbly on the SAT, dominated other high schools on the FCAT, and for the fifth year in a row the school was ranked in the top 5 percent of high schools nationwide and received a Silver Medal From US News and World Report. The faculty had its share of successes too: Ms. Juanita Williams was a McDonald's Featured Teacher for Seminole County Public Schools and Mr. Derek Jensen was named SCPS Rookie Teacher of the Year. And, this fall, Ms. Demetria Hayes-Faison was named the new principal of Crooms AoIT while Dr. Angela Miller joined the faculty as the new athletic director.

All of these successes highlight how important it is to support the current students at Crooms AoIT. The school's continued success is due to alumni and community involvement. During this "Season of Giving" we invite you to open up your hearts and join us as we kick off our December Drive to Success Program. For the past seven years, the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association has provided one graduating senior with a scholarship. This year, we're behind on scholarship donations; only approximately $100 has been donated. We need to fill this gap, and your generosity can help us! While each of us may only be able to give $5 or $10, as a whole we can raise more than enough money to give back to Crooms AoIT and make a difference in someone's life.

To make a donation, all you have to do is visit www.croomsalumni.com/donate. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at donate@croomsalumni.com. Also during the December Drive to Success, we invite all alumni to take part in Homecoming on December 6th.

Homecoming Festivities at Crooms AoIT

12/06/2013 2:30 pm
12/06/2013 9:00 pm

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc. will cover your ticket cost if you RSVP on our site by November 26th. To RSVP, login to your Alumni Association user account, visit this page, and RSVP at the bottom.

It's Homecoming time at Crooms Academy of Information Technology and you're invited to take part. The fun starts at 2:30PM on Friday, December 6th at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. You can cheer YOUR Crooms AoIT Panthers to victory as four different games occur at home on one day! Tailgating begins at 2:30PM in the faculty parking lot and will run through 5:30PM; hot dogs and hamburgers will be cooked up by Coach Perkins. After you get a full serving of food, be sure to check out the following roster of home games:

Boys Soccer vs. Circle Christian 4:00PM
JV Boys Basketball vs. Agape Christian 4:30PM
Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Agape Christian 5:30PM
Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Agape Christian 7:30PM

Admission is $6.00 and covers entrance to all four games and food at the tailgate. The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association, Inc. will cover your ticket cost if you RSVP on our site by November 26th. To RSVP, login to your Alumni Association user account, visit this page, and RSVP at the bottom.

Cannot show enough support by attending the games? You can also show your Orange and Maroon pride by becoming a member of the Crooms AoIT Alumni Association. Visit www.croomsalumni.com/join to learn more.

Crooms AoIT Boys Bowling Team Places 4th at 2013 FHSAA Districts; Mark Briggs Places 1st!

The Crooms AoIT boys bowling team re-kindled the bowling magic this year and had an outstanding showing at the FHSAA District 7 Bowling Tournament at the end of October. Overall, the team placed 4th in the competition. Freshman Mark Briggs bowled a 607 series to become the district champion, allowing him to advance to the state championship. At state competition this past week, Mark tied for 130th out of over 200 bowlers with a series of 658. With such a strong showing as a freshman, we're sure Mark has a bright bowling future head of him.

According to our not-so-illustrious one-man panel of Crooms AoIT sports historians, Mark is Crooms AoIT's first district champion in bowling and only the third male bowler to advance to state competition. Andrew Hennes, Class of 2006, advanced as a senior while Class of 2011 grad Andrew Figueroa advanced as a sophomore.

Congratulations to all of our Crooms AoIT bowlers on a job well done. You can also read about the Crooms AoIT's swim team's performance this year here. The end of the bowling state series also marks the end of the Fall season for Crooms AoIT. To round out the rest of the season: this year, girls volleyball and our cross country teams were independent (not subject to tournament competition), while our boys golf team competed in district competition.

Congratulations Crooms Swim Team for Advancing to Regionals!

Congratulations to the Crooms Swim Team for advancing on from District to Regional competition. Christian Coates, Jacob Coates, Chris Rodriguez, Thomas Cragan, and Morgan Toms competed at the Class 1A, Region 2 competition this Saturday at Lake Highland. Morgan placed 15th in regional competition in the girls 100 yard freestyle with a final time of 1:00.34. Christian Coates, Jacob Coates, Chris Rodriguez, and Thomas Cragan all competed in the boys 200 yard freestyle relay and placed 15th in regional competition with a final time of 2:02.68. The boys advanced to regional competition by placing 4th at district competition with a time of 1:54.42.

Congratulation to all of Crooms AoIT swimmers for their excellent performances, particularly those that were able to compete this weekend at the regional competition. This is the first year Crooms swimmers advanced to regional competition after only the two years of Crooms having a team eligible to compete in district competition!

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