Story and photos by Greg Miley, Speakin’ Out News staff writer/photographer
Huntsville City School held a Magnet Administrative Professional Day on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, starting at 8:00 a.m. The event was held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Murray Hall. The event was a time for Magnet administrators to meet and discuss plans to make the Huntsville City School (HCS) Magnet programs more attractive to the Huntsville community and discuss methods to further spotlight Magnet programs in Huntsville. The facilitator for the event was Ms. Leah Edgecombe, District Curriculum Specialist, Magnet Programs for HCS.
Dr. Christie Finley, Superintendent of HCS, and Dr. Clarence Sutton, Deputy Superintendent of Learning Support for HCS, delivered the welcome and greetings. The special guest presenter was Mrs. Jemeana Smothers-Roberson, Editor-in-Chief at Speakin’ Out News newspaper.
Mrs. Smothers-Roberson spoke on the topic of “A Parent’s Perspective,” her daughter, Zoie Roberson, is a 2021 graduate from the College Academy at Mae Jemison High School. This Fall, Miss Roberson will be furthering her education at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to the College Academy in partnership with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, she will begin college as a junior, with 57 credit hours remaining. With plans to become an international lawyer, Roberson will be majoring in political science. She is incredibly passionate about leadership, and learning and understanding other cultures, as she is already learning Mandarin Chinese. Mrs. Smothers-Roberson spoke on the College Academy as a Magnet school parent. She emphasized how much monies will be saved due to Zoie going into UMass with the 51 hours of credit, saving the Roberson family $97,000 in tuition fees. She also spoke on the need for HCS to partner with other news outlets, such as Speakin’ Out News, to inform the Huntsville community about the various programs available within the HCS Magnet programs.