August 30, 2021
A Student's Reflections on the Start of Senior Year
Due to the boarding nature of our school, I spent this summer mostly in isolation as most of my friends live hours away from me, and I was also busy participating in an intensive summer program where I learned a large amount of biochemistry, made some new friends, and designed an inhibitor that could stop fungal pathogen infection in crops. Although I could not work directly in a lab, I learned so much about what it means to do academic research, and I gained some clarity about what I wanted to do in the future. Even though I gained that clarification, senior year phobia kicked in when I realized that I only have a year left with my best friends. But, in that same short amount of time, I would have to manage my school work and my college applications.

Soon after returning to campus, my friends and I had a conversation about the fact that this coming year is probably going to be the period in our lives where our relationships are the strongest and closest that they will ever be. After graduation, the bond we have right now will live as a comfortable memory, not a living being. And that is okay. We will look at each other’s Instagram posts and remember when we knew each other a lot better. We will remember the stressful nights before finals, the caf parties, and the way we navigated this pandemic together. Although this year is going to be a bit bittersweet, I am excited to make memories I will remember when I pick up my yearbook one day, to make up for a year and a half of lost time, and to make my friendships stronger with new and long-time friends. I cannot believe that my K-12 education will be coming to an end, but I know I am ready for it.

Sanju Mupparaju, ASMS Senior
Know Your 9
The third school assembly of the year will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31 at 12:45pm in the auditorium. Each grade level should sit socially distanced in their assigned area. Our speaker will be Lifelines Counseling and Suntrease Williams Maynard from Adams and Reese LLP, and the topic will be Sexual Assault and Title IX.
Your wish is GRANTED!
The PA Grant application for fall is open to all students, faculty & staff. It will close at 10 a.m. on September 27th. Submit your application here. If you have any questions regarding the grant application or requesting a grant, email Steve Swafford at 

STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to receive approval from the club's appropriate advisor or supervisor before applying for a grant from the PA and should apply for funding for clubs through the SGA. Any funds requested from our PA should not include funding the club is requesting from the SGA.
Be Our Guest
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the library's first Lunch and Learn of the year on Wednesday, September 1st at noon in the Media Room. John Serda, entrepreneur and owner of campus favorite Serda’s Coffee downtown, is visiting to share how he got where he is and what he learned along the way. Seating is limited so RSVP to
Picture This
Students, faculty and staff -- The 2021 - 2022 Facesbook is complete. You can view it here Shout out to the yearbook team!
We need your help!
You can now promote and support the school every day as you drive your car! Pre-commitment has opened for an ASMS license plate. We need 250 pre-commitments in order for the plate to become an official license plate. 
For every license plate purchased, ASMS will receive $41.25!  Attached is a photo of the license plate. Click here to pre-commitClick on the tab “8/1/21 to 7/31/22” and find the ASMS Plate (4thone from top).  Sign up today! 
Student Updates and Opportunities
Born to Run
Run for SGA! Students who are interested in running for SGA Rep for the 2021 - 2022 school year should review and complete the contracts / forms below with the criteria and deadlines for eligibility to run. Please take special note of all the instructions and due dates. These forms are also located here on the SGA student portal.

The SGA Officer Contract is now closed.
3... 2... 1... Blast Off!
LIFE LAUNCH is a program for students to take courses that develop valuable skills which launch them into life after ASMS!

Students who attend at least 6 out of the 9 courses offered this school year will have it noted on their transcript and also receive a certificate of completion for Life Launch.

CLASS 1: TEAM WORK -- Monday, September 13, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Auditorium
There’s more to teamwork than meets the eye.
Terrance Deshaun Smith, Director of Mobile Mayor's Innovation Team

CLASS 2: RESUME WRITING -- Monday, September 27, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Auditorium
Tips and strategies to present yourself when applying for internships, college, and jobs
Cheryl Williams, ASMS Foundation Board Member, Owner of Spherion® Staffing Services
Where are you going to college?
Here is the link to the list of college recruiters that are either coming to campus or conducting virtual sessions
Announcements will be made prior to recruiter visits. More colleges and dates will be added to the list, so check weekly for updated information.  
Around the ASMS Community
Cooking is the Language of Love for Adam Pierce (ASMS Class of 1995) to Spread Joy to Others
Story By the Opelika Observer
Photo by ANN CIPPERLY courtesty of the Observer
"With a passion for cooking, Adam Pierce feels it is a love language for him to be able to prepare meals that bring joy to others. Adam not only enjoys cooking for family and friends but also cooks for special events at Providence Baptist Church. When he prepares meals for large groups, his wife, Kathi, who also has a love for cooking and baking, is by his side, serving as sous chef. ... Adam and Kathi both grew up in Opelika. For his last two years in high school, Adam attended the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile."
Schultüten by German Club
Ms. Hoequist's awesome German Club has been working since spring term to pull this off -- They distributed “Schultüten” to all German students on campus. It is a German school tradition. Club Officers outdid themselves making the cones, doing the shopping, stuffing the surprises, and then stuffing the mail cubbies. It was a lot of work, but everyone was happy!
BioLab Proctor Daniel Knight with Saku, Abby, Dori, and Emily get it done during study hours.
Honors Bio student Emily learns about the cohesive properties of water and successfully balances a paperclip on the surface tension of the water.
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