Congrats to Crooms AoIT BPA for National Competition Performance

Congratulations to the Crooms AoIT Business Professionals of America members who attended this year's National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California! The Crooms AoIT BPA chapter took 14 members to this year's event, competing against over 5,000 students from around the country, and many of them placed in the top 10 of their respective events. Check out the table in the full sotry for the official results (read more)

Crooms AoIT Students Place in the SCPS Violence Prevention Poster and Video Contest

In a story from last week, Crooms AoIT students placed in the SCPS Violence Prevention Poster and Video Contest. Lauren M. placed 1st in the high school level of the Poster Contest, while Crooms AoIT placed 2nd in the high school level of the Video Contest. Good job!

From the official SCPS news release:

Final Alumni Accounting for SY2009-2010

Dear Crooms AoIT Alumni Donors and Supporters:

Attached you can find the summary information and quick read ledgers for the 2009-2010 School Year (and previous years if you wish to compare). Book closing occurred on May 8th, 2010. This year we raised $455.00 in donations, $45.00 in matching grants, and $3.31 in miscellaneous revenue, for a total of $503.31; added to reserves that equals $558.31. Total expenses were $571.13, leaving us with a deficit of -$12.82.

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And the 2010 Crooms AoIT Alumni Community Scholarship Recipient is...

It is with great excitement that the Crooms AoIT Alumni are pleased to announce Antonio W. as the recipient of the Crooms AoIT Alumni Community Scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year. This year, as a testament to the quality and competency of the Class of 2009, we had a pool of extremely well qualified applicants for this scholarship.

Antonio has been a student leader through his participation in sports, worked part-time throughout high school, and volunteered for several years at the Boys and Girls Club as a basketball coach. He also worked with one of the Crooms AoIT business partners on a project. In the end, we had 11 really qualified applicants (our most yet), and Antonio really broke the mold of what we are used to.

We fully appreciate all the effort, participation, and perseverance of those individuals that applied and we wish all of you the best in your future endeavors. On behalf of all of our Crooms AoIT Alumni supporters and donors, we look forward to hearing about the Class of 2010's future successes and we hope all of you decide to get involved with the Crooms AoIT Alumni group and continue giving back to your community, your future college, and, of course, Crooms AoIT.

Students from Crooms AoIT are hosting kick-off event for distracted driving awareness initiative on April 28th

From SCPS Press Release:

On Wednesday, April 28, a group of Crooms Academy of Information Technology students, called the Reynolds’ Right Hands, will be hosting an event for students and distinguished guests. Crooms AOIT is located at 2200 West 13th Street in Sanford.

Distraction-related fatal car accidents account for 16% of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. according to a statistic found at The highest proportion of these incidents involved drivers under the age of 20 (16% of distraction-related incidents). Distraction-related incidents occur when three states of being are affected—visual, manual, and cognitive. These incidents often occur through the use of a cell phone or other electronic devices.

The Reynolds' Right Hands is a group dedicated in bringing awareness to the dangers of distracted driving practices and to prevent tragedies similar to the recent one experienced at their school. Students from Crooms AOIT, Caroline Smith, Tyler Kraus, Rosemarie Santorelli, Jamie Utt, and Katherine Hindes, started this group following the tragic death of a member of Crooms' staff, Ms. Christy Reynolds. On November 15th of 2009, Ms. Reynolds was killed in a car accident on a local Sanford road leaving behind her daughter Susiann, her beloved family, and the many thousands of lives she touched. It was suspected that a distraction, such as using a cell phone, was a likely factor in the incident. This event opened students’ eyes to these dangers. To honor her life, students of the school created an awareness group dedicating its name to Christy Reynolds with the goal of resolving the problem distracted driving imposes on society at large.

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