5 results for month: 04/2013


ATA Alum Blake Davis Beats Nations Top Team

ATA alum and current Florida State University Seminole Blake Davis and partner Dominic Controne dominated the number one doubles team in the nation this past Friday. In a dual match versus Virginia, Davis and Controne devastated the top team of Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger for an 8-2 win. Following the victory, Davis and Controne jumped from number 42 in the nation in NCAA D1 Doubles, to number 17. Davis is 17-3 on the year in doubles play now at number one for his team, and 7-7 in singles mostly at line 4. To follow Blake’s progress, check seminoles.com, or follow twitter.com/FSU_MTennis.

Community Support Makes the Grade at CP

| Financial Forces | Belly Brain | Art Attack | Big Decisions Amazing qualities of the people that make up the ATA community are apparent, not only through the breadth of knowledge, but also through the generosity of giving and sharing.  This semester CP students are gaining valuable information from guest instructors, John Spencer, Dio Miranda, Linda Racino, and Susan Steffes. Financial Forces ATA patron, John Spencer, offers his expertise and passion by teaching an upper level course on Finance and Economics.  Students are learning 1) practical tools to manage personal finances and 2) basic concepts of corporate financing and accounting ...

Write Like You Mean It!

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words.”      ~Chuang-tzu   The five-paragraphy essay is a formula.  It does not lend itself to creative thinking.  It asks the writer to contrive thoughts on a given topic into an artificial container.  It has no real purpose after 8th grade.  So what is the purpose of writing?  I recently asked a few students "For whom are you writing that ...

Skype Bridges Gap Between Classroom and Traveling Students

Austin Tennis Academy and ATA College Prep are constantly striving to grasp the power of technology to better serve its students. Through interaction via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and the ATA website, or analyzing intricate technique with the latest in video sharing technology, ATA works to be at the forefront of using these tools to offer the best possible product to its community. Today's middle school World Geography class was another wonderful example of this ongoing effort.  Jesse Wikso, while in Florida at Spring Nationals, Skyped into class to give a presentation on research he'd completed for our unit on Asia. He was able to ...

Tennis Ball Cannons

from Travis, student contributor The past few weeks, the Geometry class and the Advanced Algebra class (both taught by Bryan Rutherford) have been constructing Tennis Ball Cannons. They will be powered by a small force of combustion, building up an enough pressure to send the tennis ball soaring.  The devices are made of numerous different parts including large PVC pipes, couplings, screws and spare grill ignition components. They are secured  to rotating stands; a ball gets rammed down the barrel; and BOOM! Little Wilson is on his way. The class who's cannon shoots the farthest wins! Stay tuned for the results...