Monday, May 19, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
For many high school athletes sports activity ceases at graduation. But when Logan Ayers of Cullman, says goodbye
to St. Bernard Prep a new chapter in her life begins as she begins her career
at Samford University in Birmingham, and
joins the Bulldogs Track and Field Team.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Headmaster, John Tekulve welcomed the news team and thanked Mr. Bill Nuss, Interact Sponsor, for contacting them on behalf of the Rotary Interact Club. He also thanked Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper and Rotarians, Francis Cooper and John McMoy for their presence at St. Bernard.
Clearly, cell phones are wonderful tools, but when used irresponsibly, can be deadly. ABC 33/40 Reporter Edward Burch warned students of the dangers of texting while driving, and presented a couple of videos of police delivering deadly news to parents; as well as parents who had been affected by a teen driver, who injured their son as a result of texting while driving.
Culpepper said persons caught texting while driving face a $25 dollar fine; the fine is cumulative and counts two points against one’s driving record.
“Everyday 1 out of 100 people are involved in a traffic accident,” Culpepper continued. “They are twenty-eight times more likely to have an accident as a result of texting and driving.”
As an example of the dangers of texting while driving, Burch said, “If you are traveling 55 mph, five seconds while texting is like driving the length of a football field without looking. Forty percent of teens are more likely to be in an accident.”
Texting while driving is clearly a decision. Burch stressed to students who are passengers in a car with a texting driver, “If you are riding in their car, please ask them to stop texting or to let you out of the car.”
In conclusion, Burch invited everyone in attendance to join other students across the state by signing a “Don’t Text and Drive” pledge card. “No text is worth your life or the life of someone else on the road. Make a serious commitment to: refrain from texting behind the wheel; to drive without distractions; to engage in safe driving practices; and to encourage friends and family to do the same.”
Instructor, Bill Nuss said students spent at least 8 hours covering: savings, banking, credit cards and interest rates; credit score, Financing higher education; renting vs. owning; taxes and insurance; consumer fraud; and investing.
“EverFi correlated with our classwork assignments and on several occasions students referred to the course in class.” Nuss said. The course used video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking to bring financial concepts to life.
Senior Michayla Brown of Arab found the course to be very informative especially in terms of student loans, but expressed a shocking discovery that not all debt was bad. “It has helped me in planning how to finance my college education. I also learned there is such a thing a good debt where investments appreciate in value.” Michayla has been accepted in the Samford University Fellows Program and plans to major in science and religion.
Fellow classmate Anna Caroline Keefe, found out quickly she wants to save more money. “I realize my spending habits are a bit excessive, so I plan to save money.” Anna Caroline will attend Ole Miss in the fall majoring in Chemistry aspiring to attend dental school to become an orthodontist.
Annie Harris, Regional Manager at Peoples Bank, presented students with Teen Moola-U T-shirts and a certificate recognizing each student for their participation in the program.
Steve Stanford, PBA Executive Vice President, invited students to consider banking at People’s Bank of Alabama. “With our technology, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world; Peoples Bank is one click or one call away.”
Peoples Bank of Alabama is committed to promoting financial literacy that teaches adults to better understand money management principles. MOOLA U BASICS is an interactive financial education class that one can take anytime, anywhere –online and at their own pace at www.Moola-U.com.