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May 04, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Blomberg Announces Laptop Giveaway Winner

~Online planning tool helps high school students plan for success~

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced Stanley “Trey” Shaw, a ninth-grade student at Dunnellon High School, as the winner of the 2006-2007 Department of Education FACTS.org High School Planner Contest. Shaw received a Lenovo ThinkPad computer, donated by the Florida K-20 IBM Sales Team, at an awards ceremony held last night at Dunnellon High School.

To be eligible for the drawing, students had to create an e-Personal Education Plan (ePEP), mapping out courses for all four years of high school at www.FACTS.org, Florida’s online student advising Web site. The free ePEP account also offers students online, on-demand access to their grades, transcripts and evaluation of progress towards eligibility for graduation, Bright Futures scholarships and state university admissions.

“The ePEP really helps students define their priorities and map out the coursework required to reach their goals,” said FACTS.org Executive Director Connie Graunke. “Many students who want to go to college don’t realize that the courses they take are just as important as their grade point average.”

The ePEP tool helps students select courses based on their specified goals after graduation, such as admission to a four-year college, completing a two-year community college degree program, attending a career or technical center, registering for military service or directly entering the workforce. Since its launch last school year, students have created more than 140,000 ePEPs.

For more information about the ePEP and other student advising services provided free to the public by the Florida Department of Education, visit www.FACTS.org