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Are You Smarter than an 11th Grader? 

Try your skill at this item from the ZAPS-ACT Math Workout booklet:


If four players on a basketball team are 6'1", 6'2", 6'3", and 6'5", how tall would a fifth player have to be so that the team average (arithmetic mean) would be 6'4"?


  1. A.     6'9"
  2. B.     6'8"
  3. C.     6'6"
  4. D.     6'5"
  5. E.     6'4"
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30 Dr. Suess Quotes That Can Change Your Life
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On the Road

It's always a pleasure to put faces to your names when ZAPS managers attend counseling conferences in states we serve.


North Carolina School Counselor Association Conference: In November, ZAPS regional manager Angelica Vannatta and president Julia Wasson attended the NCSCA annual conference in Greensboro.  


Great Plains ACAC Annual ConferenceIf you are a member of the GPACAC and planning to attend the Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas April 8 and 9, 2013, please let your ZAPS regional manager know. Then stop by our booth for information about new ways to boost your students' ACT and PSAT/SAT test scores. We look forward to meeting you!
Angelica Vannatta
Stop by GPACAC in Kansas and say hello to regional manager Angelica Vannatta


Welcome back from Winter Break! Your ZAPS regional manager will be in communication soon to provide assistance for the upcoming spring seminar season. 


In this newsletter, we present links to articles we think you'll find useful, interesting, and sharable, as well as a bit of recent news about ZAPS. And, as always, we invite you to contact us with any comments, questions, or concerns, or to schedule your upcoming ZAPS seminar. 

Student Peer Leadership
Can Help Boost School Climate

When Principal Bennett Lieberman arrived at Central Park East High School in Spanish Harlem in 2005, he says, "The school was in severe disarray." ...


"[H]e decided to forgo a disciplinary dean in favor of hiring three guidance counselors and a social worker to start pitching students on going to college." Read about the school's college summit peer leader program and how it has changed the school for the better. (Video)


(Pictured) "Brander S. Seuro, at back, is a peer leader in his AP English class at Central Park East High School. Earlier in high school, he struggled with his grades and behavior, but was tapped to take part in the College Summit peer-leadership program. Now he and other students who once seemed longshots for graduation work to help fellow students boost their performance." -Melanie Burford 

"If you're still pondering New Year's resolutions, why not commit to learning your ABCs - of college planning?
"The landscape of college planning is an extremely vast and ever-changing industry. Nevertheless, the following items represent some of the most important ABCs for college-bound students and their parents.
"ACT -- One of the two standardized test options high school juniors and seniors have to be considered for college admission.    
"Best 377 Colleges -- This guide provides a range of useful information on some of the nation's leading colleges. 
"Course of Study -- Also referred to as a major, is an important topic when considering colleges and universities. Establishing a major based on one's strengths and weaknesses is crucial."
"New research from Western University provides brain imaging evidence that students well-versed in very basic single digit arithmetic (5+2=7 or 7-3=4) are better equipped to score higher on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), an examination sat by millions of students in the United States each year in preparation for college admission tests." Read the full article.
Scholarship Dollars

"There are thousands of scholarships available to students every year, but the competition is fierce and finding the right scholarship can be a challenge. 


for tuition, books, and other education expenses." Read the full article.
Vocabulary Score Booster (TM)

Students, parents, and, yes, even educators can improve our vocabularies with ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge. 


This helpful ZAPS Score Booster (TM) uses the PSAT/SAT Critical Reading sentence-completion format to teach and assess vocabulary knowledge. Students will learn hundreds of college-level words and their meanings.  


Your school can license the web-based app for an entire class. Contact your regional manager to request a complimentary app and find out for yourself how ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge can help prepare your students for success in college and beyond.

Striving to Better Serve You

ZAPS is on a continual quest to improve how well we serve our school clients, students, and parents. If you have not had the opportunity to do so, please visit our new website at Let us know what you think, what you like, and what you'd like to see more of.


While you're there, please click on the Results tab to see what schools say about how ZAPS is making a significant, positive difference in student scores.

From all of us at ZAPS to all of you, we wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013. Thank you for being a valued member of the extended ZAPS family.


At your service,


Julia Wasson





Are You Smarter than an 11th Grader?
A, 6'9"

"This helped ease my anxiety and I feel more confident about the ACT. I am glad I did this seminar." SAMUEL, PLEASURE RIDGE H.S., KY

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