The Home School Court Report
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Winter 1989
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Cover Stories

New Home Schooling Law Passed in Pennsylvania

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear North Dakota Cases

Court Victory in New York

Virginia Wrestles with Religious Exemptions

Home Schoolers Receive Honors

College Acceptances

Florida and Vermont Challenge Home Schools

Who Speaks for the Movement? by Michael P. Farris

Is There A Missing Yes Before The Big No?


Across the States

C O V E R   S T O R Y

Home Schoolers Receive Honors

HSLDA has been collecting information on home schoolers who have been successful in their home schools or who have made some outstanding achievement after completing their home school programs. This information sent to us by our members helps us to establish the fact that home schoolers do enjoy a high degree of success. Following are some of the more recent success stories which our members have shared with us.


In Tulsa, Oklahoma, David Cary was chosen as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He was one of five home schoolers in the nation to achieve this honor and the only home schooler to win a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. To qualify for a National Merit Scholarship, a student must take the PSAT in October of the junior year of high school. Semi-finalists are announced in September of the senior year. Then an application is submitted including a transcript, records of achievements and activities and personal recommendations. The SAT must be taken to confirm test results.

David has been awarded a full four-year scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University where he plans to study electrical engineering. On May 10, 1988, he received a citation from Rep. Kevin A. Easley of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for this distinguished achievement.


Christina Carnes of Easton, Pennsylvania, was accepted into Northampton County Area Community College in August of this year. Christina is sixteen and operates her own house cleaning business. In college she is serving as secretary of the activities club and has been asked to fill the position of delegate to the school senate.


At age fourteen, Jeff Seifert of Fresno, California, has passed the California High School Proficiency Test and is now a full time student at Fresno Pacific College. He was awarded a $1,000 renewable academic scholarship by the college for his freshman year, as well as a $1,350 scholarship from the Fresno Bee, for which he was a newspaper carrier.


Kimberly Ward of Fort Morgan, Colorado, was accepted by several universities and has chosen to attend Colorado Baptist University in Denver. She took the CLEP general education exams and received scores high enough to receive 21 hours of college credit. Kimberly also received the Young American scholarship for $1,000 per year and a Dean's scholarship for $200 for her freshman year at Colorado Baptist. Her sister, Heather, is taking some courses at Morgan Community College while she finishes high school at home.


Grace Matte of Lima, New York, was awarded a $3,000 scholarship by Morrisville College (State University of New York) and will be enrolled in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Rachel Grimnes of Birmingham, Alabama, has been honored with an exceptional achievement. At age eleven she has been chosen to dance and train at the London Royal Ballet. Rachel was one of 23 girls chosen from a group of 1,000 who auditioned, and she was the only contender selected from the United States. Rachel and her family have moved to London so she can pursue this tremendous opportunity.


Cyrenne Heyden of Forest Ranch, California, was home schooled for ninth, tenth and eleventh grades, and spent her senior year of high school in Holland as part of a program with the Educational Foundation for Foreign Study. She received an outstanding recommendation from her teacher in Holland for her participation in the foreign study program. Cyrenne is now attending The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York.


E. Ray Moore, III, of Columbia, South Carolina, was home schooled for seven years. While in high school, he was selected to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School at the College of Charleston. The Governor’s School offers five weeks of intensive scholastic work under the guidance of college faculty invited from the nation’s top universities. In order to be selected to attend the Governor’s School, students must have demonstrated academic and leadership achievement. Ray received the University of the South Book Award for scholarship and the St. Michael’s Cup in science. He was also chosen to attend Boys’ State and served as Senate Majority Leader and Reading Clerk.

A home schooler in Franklin, Tennessee, has been accepted into Belmont College in Nashville and Covenant College in Lookout Mountain. She has been offered academic scholarships at both colleges and is eligible for the Presidential Scholarship at Belmont which entitles her to four full years of college with all expenses paid. Other colleges continue to request her to apply for acceptance because of her high test scores. She scored a 29 on the ACT and has a Grade Point Average of 4.0. She has been home schooled for the last one-and-a-half years and desires to become a nurse/missionary.