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SUNDAY RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY DEATHS Callie Adams, Anniston Frank Battle, Talladega Hilda L. Beck, Ohatchee Catherine Benefield, Roanoke Delmar “Jay” Bolt, Wedowee Lawrence Carmichael, Lincoln Donald Edward Carroll, Heflin Edith M. Cockrell, Oxford Verdell (Pop) Davis, Anniston Paul Raymond Dewar, New Jersey Sefulutasi “Gus” Faitele, Piedmont Louise Foster Flynt, Georgia Rev. Samuel Garrett, Talladega Kenneth Darrell Goodwin, Anniston Hollis Gray, Oxford Rosa Kay Hall, Ohio Jimmie Lee Kirk Hoff, Piedmont Bettie Snider Houston, Anniston Norene Ledbetter Howard, Anniston Tommy O’Neal Hughes, Oxford Myra J. Hurst, Talladega Robert Lee Johnson Jr., Anniston Mary Hodges Keller, Anniston Ellis Kelly, Ashland
Alice Allison Kemp, Lincoln James Wayne LaFollette, Piedmont Eva Lucille LeBourgeois, Alexandria Mary Frances McBurnett, Gadsden Aden Floyd McGatha, Jacksonville John Marcus “Mark” McWilliams, Oxford James Stanley Mobley, Weaver Charles Hugo Molliston, Talladega Edward L. “Eddie” Moore, Anniston Frances Beaird Morris, Eastaboga Amare’ Dion Parker, Anniston Lillian Mae Patterson, Wellington Robert E. “Bob” Payne, Anniston Ida M. Phillips, Anniston Barbara Ann Ramsey, Roanoke Robert L. Rhinehart, Rock Run James H. Rooks, Alexander City Elizabeth Poole Simmons, Anniston Lois Simmons, Leeds Marion Harmon Simpson, Huntsville Amy Harper Valentine, Homewood
RATE OF BANKRUPTCIES
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the debtor to retain certain exempt property, but the debtor’s remaining property is gathered and sold by a trustee from which creditors will receive payment. It may also be used by businesses which wish to terminate their business.
• Mickey Ray Johnston of Anniston to Odessa Lee Henry of Anniston • Robert Earl Leonard Jr. of Weaver to Emily Michelle Bain of Oxford • Cody Alan Dailey of Anniston to Halee Brooke Henry of Anniston • Kyle Christopher Fenton of Anniston to Ashlee Rae Romine of Anniston • Christopher Allen Heinen of Anniston to Deanna Stone Lackey of Oxford • Joseph Brandon Hanner of Alexandria to Abbey Katelyn Gilchrist of Alexandria • Jerry Thomas Culberson of Summerville, Ga., to Sarah Lou Holley of Alexandria • Kristopher Robin Simino of Jacksonville to Amanda Brittany Paulus of Jacksonville • Stanley Mark White of Anniston to Laura Bussey Ellis of Anniston •WilliamEugenePhillipsJr.ofOhatchee to Jane Marie Bailey of Ohatchee • Vincent Martin Kelly of Oxford to Brandy Patricia Sanders of Oxford • Chadrick Ryan George of Anniston to Crystal Ann Thompson of Anniston • William Jonathan Calvert III of Jacksonville to Mary Anne Sharrow of Jacksonville • Anthony Duane Bates of Anniston to Dianna Faye Thomas of Anniston • James Charles Welch Jr. of Alexandria to Sandra Kay Comer of Alexandria • James Tracy Maner of Rome, Ga., Reva Marie Sadler of Rome, Ga. • Phillip Douglas Pritchett of Jacksonville to Rhonda Kay Whiteside of Anniston • Billy Tatum Studdard of Piedmont to Becky Braddock Moore of Piedmont • Cody Allen Ray of Alexandria to Whitney Alexis Mitchell of Alexandria
market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 455 compared to 671 last week. Receipts a year ago 416.
A Chapter 13 bankruptcy enables debtors, through court supervision and protection, to propose and carry out a repayment plan under which creditors are paid, in full or in part, in installments over a three-year period. During that time, debtors are prohibited from starting or continuing collection efforts. The following bankruptcies declared by Calhoun County residents were recorded by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Alabama last week:
Chapter 7 • Gajendra D. Patel and Bhavna G. Patel, McClellan Boulevard, Anniston • Timothy A. Thompson, Wilmer Avenue, Anniston • Billy Charles Hicks and Jessica Surrett Hicks, Shadowcrest Ridge, Anniston • Jorge H. Gomez and Isabel C. Gomez, Mayfair Road, Anniston • Kristine Johnson, Lone Oak Drive, Weaver • Timothy Everett, Big Oak Drive, Anniston • Michael R. Gaines, Old Broadwell Mill Road, Jacksonville • Billy C. Jones and Sharon J. Jones, Woodland Drive, Oxford
Chapter 13 • Janis Cates, Oak Tree Trail, Jacksonville • Tonya Evette Rudolph, Woodstock Avenue, Anniston • Terry A. Bowerman, Greenbrier Dear Road, Anniston
• Mimar Properties LLC • Precision Contractors Inc. • D&D Enterprise LLC • Future Champions
Junior Golf Tour LLC • 4GB Diversified Inc.
Dissolved • Santa Claus Organization LLC
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Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 155.00 to 205.00; 300-400 lbs. 147.00 to 187.50; 400-500 lbs. 136.00 to 155.00; 500-600 lbs. 120.00 to 141.00; 600700 lbs. 100.00 to 132.00. Heifers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 150.00 to 177.50; 300-400 lbs. 140.00 to 170.00; 400-500 lbs. 128.00 to 145.00; 500-600 lbs. 120.00 to 133.00; 600700 lbs. 105.00 to 132.00.
Cows: Breakers 77.00 to 80.00; Boners 81.50 to 85.00; Lean 72.00 to 76.00. Bulls: Normal Dressing 5458% 98.00 to 101.00; High Dressing >58% 103.50 to 109.50; Low Dressing
The material inside the Sunday Record is recorded by The Anniston Star from various institutions and government offices. The public records are published as they appeared on the documents obtained by the newspaper. Direct questions and comments about Sunday Record to Isaac Godwin at igodwin@ annistonstar.com.
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Here are food service establishments recently inspected by the Calhoun County Health Department, along with scores. A score of 100 indicates the inspector found no deficiencies. Potentially hazardous deficiencies (four- or five-point demerit items) are noted. These must be corrected immediately and inspectors say they are often corrected while the inspection is underway. Restaurants earning below 70 must raise their scores within seven days or face closure.
• Custom Pizza, 7802 Alabama 77, Ohatchee — 98. • Home 2 Suites, 300 Colonial Drive, Oxford — 99. • McAlister’s Deli, 815 Hamric Drive, E., Oxford — 95. • Publix (Bakery), 115 Commons Way, Oxford — 99. • Publix (Deli), 115 Commons Way, Oxford — 99. • Publix (Meat), 115 Commons Way, Oxford — 98. • Publix (Produce), 115 Commons Way, Oxford — 99. • Publix (Sushi Bar/Seafood), 115 Commons Way, Oxford NO MAJOR DEMERITS — 100. • Abbott’s Stop & Shop, 3209 Choccolocco Road, Anniston • Randolph Park Elementary School — 97. • Sacred Heart School — 100. — 95. • Saks High School — 100. • Anniston High School — 95. • Saks Middle School — 100. • Anniston Middle School — 97. • Wendy’s, 150 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford — 99. • Cobb Elementary School — 99. • Constantine Elementary School — 99. • Wendy’s, 75 Tower Drive, Oxford — 98
ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • James Henry Williams III, 56: possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana. • Gary Morrell Lane, 29: posses-
sion/sale of a short rifle/shotgun. • Carlos Montriel Hughley, 39: firstdegree receiving stolen property. • Raheem, Quinndarious Ross, 20: first-degree possession of marijuana. • Jeffery Lynn Bush Jr., 23: seconddegree receiving stolen property. • Shevis Jammall Carr, 26: seconddegree domestic violence. • Kristina Woodruff Garcia, 35: third-degree burglary. • Justin Allan Ford, 21: third-degree burglary. • Kenneth Shon Presley, 24: possession of a controlled substance. • Tavera Leiquore Crook, 29: second-degree burglary, possession
of a controlled substance, obstructing justice by using a false I.D. • Michael Martin Schuette, 32: second-degree receiving stolen property. • Antoine Leshane Dorman, 25: first-degree receiving stolen property, third-degree burglary.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the sevenday period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Vincent Tyron Robinson, 23, of Piedmont: bond revocation, proba-
tion revocation, failure to appear in court, order of arrest. • Jonathan David Roper, 26, of Anniston: order of arrest. • Antoine Leshane Dorman, 25: third-degree burglary. • James Marty Messer, 47, of Piedmont: failure to appear in court. • Shevis Jammal Carr, 26, of Anniston: order of arrest. • Jeremy Foster Davis, 30, of Alexandria: failure to appear in court. • Kristina Woodruff Garcia, 35, of Anniston: third-degree burglary. • Raymond Lee Glenn III, 21, of Wellington: bond revocation. • Marlan Anthony, 53, of Atlanta, Ga.: probation violation.
• Mercedes Alizabeth Halcome, 27, of Anniston: third-degree burglary.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Oxford Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Donald R. Clark, 36, of Evansville, Ind.: arrest prior to requisition. • Salvatore Steven Andriani, 32, of Oxford: first-degree buying/receiving stolen property. • Ryan Christopher McBeath, 22, of Anniston: first-degree theft of property.
BLOTTER Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to $1,000 may be given.
The following property crimes were reported to the Anniston Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Burglaries • Residence, 1800 block of Abbott Avenue: head phones, cash. • Residence, 500 block of Windsor Terrace: televisions, jewelry. • Residence, 1400 block of Johnson Avenue: television, digital camera, game console. • Residence, 2100 block of Oakmont Avenue: televisions. • Residence, 2100 block of Oakmont Avenue: televisions, firearms. • Unknown location, 1500 block of
Hannah Avenue: household items. • Residence, 400 block of West 29th Street: game console, controllers, game. • Residence, 3600 block of Railroad Avenue: firearm, television. • Residence, 2300 block of Moore Avenue: computer. • Residence, 1800 block of Abbot Avenue: game console, controllers, remote control, television. • Public building, 200 block of South Allen Avenue: cash, money collection tray. • Residence, 1000 block of Mary Jane Drive: jewelry box, jewelry. • Residence, 1300 block of Lenlock Lane: television, laptop computer, jewelry, firearm. • Residence, 800 block of West 14th Street: air conditioner unit, stove. • Residence, 100 block of Turpin Avenue: televisions, game console.
Thefts • Public building, 200 block of 200 South Allen Avenue: game console, games, gym bag, controllers. • Storage facility, 1200 block of South Leighton Avenue: household items, cash. • Residence, 2300 block of Gurnee Avenue: copper wire. • Residence, 3900 block of Calhoun Avenue: firearm. • Specialty store, 1700 block of Quintard Avenue: televisions. • Specialty store, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: cell phone. • Service station, 1000 block of West 15th Street: cash. • Residence, 600 block of Knox Avenue: cash, medication. • Residence, first block of Christas Way: firearm.
Auto-related thefts • Residence, 0 block of Ridge Street:
1997 Jeep Cherokee. • Residence, unspecified block of Adams Street: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria. • Residence, unspecified block of McArthur Drive: 2003 Ford F150 truck. • Parking lot, 400 block of Noble Street: 1995 Ford Aerostar. • Residence, 5500 block of Blueberry Lane: wallet, credit/gift cards, cash.
Jacksonville: computer, televisions, cell phones. • Residence, Short Street, Oxford: laptop computer, game consoles, cell phone, firearm. • Residence, Webster’s Road, Wellington: firearms, laptop computer, television, game console. • Residence, Falcon Crest, Anniston: household items, personal I.D. • Residence, Oaktree Trail, Wellington: tools, lock set. Calhoun County • Residence, Homarda Drive, The following property crimes Anniston: household items. were reported to the Calhoun Thefts County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. • Residence, Choccolocco Road, Anniston: firearm. Thursday. • Residence, Berry Street, Oxford: Burglaries electric stove, refrigerator. • Residence, Pope Road, Ohatchee: Oxford fishing rods/reels, tiller, tackle box of lures, chainsaw. Please see BLOTTER ❙ Page 7E • Residence, Holland Finley Drive,
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PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • EverBank to Veterans Affairs, Shannon Hills subdivision, 4th addition, lot 8, $1. • Transportation Alliance Bank Inc. to Home Opportunity LLC, a parcel of land in section 28, township 14, range 6, $1. • Freddie Mac to Julio O. Haro, Midway Land Co., block 2, lots 3-6, $22,000. • Amelia Rampy Crow to Ed Chandler and Kay Chandler, a parcel of land in section 15, township 16, range 7, $10. • Amelia Rampy Crow to Ed Chandler and Kay B. Chandler, a parcel of land in section 15, township 16, range 7, $10. • Larry Jones to Ethel Hardy and Keith Garrett, City of Anniston, McMillian addition, block 10, lot 3, $35,500. • Judy D. James to Willie Lewis and Mun Hui Lewis, a parcel of land in section 16, township 15, range 8, $110,000. • Nicholas Lee Hulsey and Patricia Mangum Hulsey Gardner to Nicholas Lee Hulsey, a parcel of land in section 10, township 14, range 7, $10. • Mack W. Green and Mary Green to Janice L. Cotton, McIntosh Manors subdivision, addition 2A, block 10, lot 8, $1. • Shu Chen Lin to David L. Carter and Hsin Chin Carter, Mountainview subdivision, phase 2, lot 20, $10. • John Freeman Bentley to New Adventures Learning Center LLC, City of Oxford, Leigh’s addition, lots 11-13, $10. • Thomas L. Adams and Becky Adams to Tania Jennings Gooden, Crescent Heights subdivision, block 3, lot 9, $10. • Amy McInnish to Ronald Bradley, Sherwood Forest, 9th addition, lot 26, $10. • Federal–Mogul Corp. to Federal–Mogul Vehicle Component Solutions Inc., a parcel of land in section 36, township 13, range 8, $1. • Lauton Noble Haul-Estate to Vernon M. Langley and Carolyn J. Langley, Mecca Woods Estates, block 4, lot 14, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to Joshua Voyer Miller, Joyview Heights subdivision, 3rd addition, block B, lot 1, $53,050. • Edward I. Boudousquie and Patricia A. Boudousquie to JKL LLC, Mechanicsville, Embry addition, block 3, lots 4 and 5, $10. Lisa Fairall to Nakita Calloway, City of Oxford, lot 59, $10.
• Jeremiah Houser and Amanda Houser to Jeremiah Houser, High Oaks subdivision, block C, lots 7-9, $10. • Margaret A. Decroff and Judith D. Popp to Christopher L. Murphree, Anniston Homestead & Fruitgrowers Assoc., lots 3006 and 3007, $10. • Heirs of James N. Nelson to Stuart McCormack and Amanda McCormack, a parcel of land in section 5, township 15, range 8, $59,900. • Bank of New York to Blue Mountain Homes LLC, Whispering Oaks subdivision, lot 25, $76,188. • Warren M. Graboski and Kristy L. Stubbs to Robert L. Gonzales, a parcel of land in section 26, township 16, range 6, $10. • Gus Thomas Jr. and Helen Thomas to Latoya M. Miller, H.W. Fite’s subdivision, block 1, lot 8, $10. • David F. McCluskey to Tona Raa Davis and Patricia Lynn Davis, a parcel of land in section 11, township 16, range 7, $10. • Sara S. Choquette-Estate to Daniel S. Dewberry, Tyler Park, block 2, lots 1-3, $10. • Randall L. Davis and Lynn M. Davis to Joshua P. Daniel, a parcel of land in section 3, township 13, range 7, $10. • Gary L. Page and Patricia S. Page to Jeremy Boling and Jennifer Boling, a parcel of land in section 2, township 15, range 7, $146,700. • Freddie Mac to Mark L. Watts, a parcel of land in section 35, township 14, range 6, $11,500. • James Donald Lloyd and Sarah R. Lloyd to James Donald Lloyd, Michael Lloyd, Sarah R. Lloyd, Cynthia Owen, Sandra Burgess and Ray Lloyd, a parcel of land in section 8, township 14, range 7, $10. • James Donald Lloyd and Sarah Ruth Lloyd to Michael Lloyd, Cynthia Owen, Sandra Burgess, Ray Lloyd and Tony Owen, a parcel of land in sections 19/20/30, township 14, range 7, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to Ohio Investments LLC, Brown Acres, lot 37, $57,894. • Veterans Affairs to Jack E. Renfroe, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing Co., block 83, lots 4-6, $24,000. • Young Oil Inc. to Douglas F. Rosser Sr.
and Janice A. Rosser, Piedmont Land & Improvement Co., block 26, lots 1-4, $10. • Stephen Lee Batey to George W. Austin and Victoria L. Austin, Pine Manor subdivision, lot 28, $137,000. • Fannie Mae to William N. Thornton and Dorothy E. Thornton, Anala Acres subdivision, block 1, lots 1 and 2, $12,000. • Fannie Mae to PHH Mortgage Corp., Eagle’s Landing, 4th addition, lot 90, $10. • PHH Mortgage Corp. to David T. Chandler and Twila D. Chandler, Eagle’s Landing, 4th addition, lot 90, $235,000. • James H. Edmondson and Gail A. Edmondson to Jonathan I. Dickson and Penny J. Dickson, Graylyn subdivision, phase 1, lot 23, $10. • Debra Thomas and Victor Collins to Jeffrey Lynn Roby and Lorna Jane Roby, Summerall subdivision, lot 4, $10. • Sammy Freeman to Tony Anthony King, Pipe Works subdivision, block 8, lots 15 and 16, $2,600. • Heirs of Nelwyn Cain to Shirley Jones, Cloverdale subdivision, Saks addition, block 11, lot 18, $10. • Thomas M. Crawford and Janel M. Crawford to Thomas M. Crawford, Huntington Trace subdivision, block A, lot 12, $10. • Thoams M. Crawford and Janel M. Crawford to Thomas M. Crawford, City of Anniston, Tyler Park addition, block 5, lot 2, $10. • John Timmons and Sharon Hollingsworth to John Timmons and Sharon Hollingsworth, a parcel of land near 408 McPherson Street, Oxford, $10. • Karen A. King to Fontella Williams, Brentwood Village, block D, lot 4, $10. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, a parcel of land in section 35, township 14, range 8, $1. • Housing & Urban Development to Leonard Gaither, Gaither Estates, lot 12, $35,500. • Christ’s Church Inc. to Christ’s Church Inc., Four Lane Homesites, block 2, lots 1-21, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31, $1. • Angela J. Henderson to Roy Allen Henderson Jr., a parcel of land in section 3, township 16, range 6, $10. • Anthony Regner and Angela Regner to Brian Regner, a parcel of land in section 33, township 14, range 9, $10.
DIVORCES • Jason Smith and Randi Smith • Kenneth McElroy and Donita McElroy • Tammy Renea Owen and Jackie Todd Owen • Maurice Lane Green and Teresa Ann Frisby • Baraka Antonio Grier and Monique C. Grier • Angela Marie Hickman and Nathan Hickman • Judith Reaves Branch and Jeffery Mark Branch • Sharron Wautelet and Danny Allen Wautelet • Jamie Leigh St. John and Gregory St. John • Colleen Anne Odom and Willie Randall
• Patricia L. Dempsey to Sharon D. Lomax, Cane Creek Homes in McClellan, lot 91, $93,800. • Calhoun County Economic Development Council to Mimsco Inc., EDC subdivision, lot 3, $10. • MAICO LLC to Patricia L. Dempsey, Cane Creek Homes in McClellan, lot 142, $199,500. • Barbara A. Poore and Dorothy Ann Gannon to Doris Moncrief Bain, E.L. Hollingsworth’s subdivision, Blue Mountain addition, block 12, lot 10, $10. • Barbara A. Poore and Dorothy Ann Gannon to Doris Moncrief Bain, E.L. Hollingsworth’s subdivision, Blue Mountain addition, block 12, lot 9, $10. • Oxford Exchange OP LLC to Oxford OP BTS LLC, a parcel of land in section 27, township 16, range 8, $10. • Do It All Imvestments LLC to Tiffany Henry, Northside Defense Homes subdivision, block 8, lot 5, $10. • Sharon R. Williams to Sharon R. Williams and Robert Douglas Williams, a parcel of land in section 33, township 16, range 8, $10. • Abigail H. Alligood to Gallant Management LLC, Anniston City Land Co., block 21, lot 9, $10. • Beverly K. Johnson to Gregory S. Johnson, T.D. Ray subdivision, lots 10-13, $10. • Tanya Malavet to Tommy E. Heard and Jeremy S. Mosley, Ledford subdivision, block A, lot 15, $10. • Anniston Emergency Medical Services Inc. to City of Anniston, Anniston Land Co., block 151, lots 1-6, $10. • City of Anniston to Anniston Water Works & Sewer Board, Anniston Land Co., block 151, lots 1-6, $10. • Anniston Emergency Medical Services Inc. to City of Anniston, Anniston Land Co., block 151, lots 1-6, $10. • Keith L. Bentley and Sylvia Bentley to Bradford K. Bentley and Crystal D. Bentley, a parcel of land in section 13, township 16, range 8, $10. • Jimmy S. Smith and Deven Smith to Don H. Hackett Jr. and Dana R. Hackett, Winter Park subdivision, 1st addition, block A, lot 2, $10.
Odom • Brittany Nicole Nail and Joshua Frank Nail • Ashby Jackson and Jessica Lynn Jackson • David Lamar Gann and Michelle Ann Gann • Rebecca Baggett and Grant H. Baggett • Tessa Toole Hayes and Richard Anthony Hayes • Amber Marie Waldrep and Shawn Tyler Waldrep • Cherrie L. McFry and Rodney D. McFry • Tony Keith Murray and Billie Jo Murray • Donna Faye Goodloe and Richard Odis Goodloe • Chasity Harrelson and Donny Harrelson
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• Wayne J. Stockinger, Indian Oaks Estates, 7th addition, lot 243. • Tony W. Nelson, North Anniston Realty Co., Saks addition B, block 19, lot 6. • Roy Leon Rogers and Sheila Rogers, a parcel of land in section 6, township 15, range 6.
BLOTTER Continued from Page 6E The following property crimes were reported to the Oxford Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Thefts • Residence, 1200 block of Edmondson Drive: jewelry. (Recovered 04-25-2013) • Street, Rosemary Drive/U.S. 78 West: firearm, holster. • Residence, 200 block of Ashmaline Lane: jewelry.
• Residence, 3000 block of U.S. 78 West: cash. • Specialty store, 1800 block of U.S. 78 East: merchandise. (Recovered 04-22-2013) • Residence, 800 block of Timothy Drive: tablet computer, car keys. • Unspecified location, McCullars Lane: cash. • Department store, 90 block of Plaza Lane: merchandise. • Field, 1900 block of Cheaha Drive: chain link fence. • Field, 2500 block of U.S. 78 East: fire extinguishers. • Residence, 100 block of First Avenue: household items.
Wait lists prolong the angst for high school seniors BY SUSAN SNYDER The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — The high school senior was wait listed at Villanova University, her No. 1 pick. So she sent the admissions office a white sneaker with the letter V painted in blue and a note: “I’ve already got one foot in the door. Help me get the other foot in as well.” Such gimmicks, though creative, rarely make a difference in the decision-making, officials say. But the tactic underscores the often intense emotion around the next stage of the admission process: the waiting game. While students across the nation are weighing offers from schools along with financial aid, some students have the complication of not having been accepted at their top school — but also not having been rejected. If a college has spots left after admitted students decide whether to enroll, it will go to the wait list. Colleges typically move to the lists in early May, after the May 1 deadline for admitted students to respond. The process can continue through June as colleges craft their classes. “I really do see the wait list as the final touches to a class,” said Eric Furda, dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school which last year offered 87 students admission off its active wait list of 1,200. Some wait-listed students bake cookies, record YouTube videos, circulate petitions, make collages with school memorabilia, and create board games in an effort to tip the scale. “We heard last week from a younger sibling who said please take my brother off the wait list. It was very cute,” said Janet Lavin Rapelye, dean of admission at Princeton University, one of the nation’s most selective schools.
GETTING A LEG UP Tips for boosting your wait list chances: 1. Write a letter to the admissions office, emphasizing new achievements and strong desire to attend the college. 2. Study hard. Third- and fourth-quarter grades could have an impact. 3. Stay involved in clubs and activities. 4. Request an interview. 5. Get a sense of your chances. Find out if your college ranks its admission list and if so, where you fall. — College Board
But she added: “Please to the viewers out there do not get a younger sibling to write a letter right now.” And as for the cookies? “We appreciate the cookies, and we eat them, but I don’t think it makes any difference in the process,” said Rapelye, whose school took no students off its wait list last year. To boost their chances, students should send a well-crafted letter expressing why they want to stay on the wait list, admissions officials said. “This should be a letter they write, not a letter the parent writes or anybody else,” she said. It wouldn’t hurt to say they intend to come if admitted and note schools that have admitted them, some deans said. Students also should send new information about awards or appointments and keep grades up. And they should email the admissions officer for their area. “Not daily, not hourly. That’s just overkill,” said Jim Bock, vice
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From left, Nick Solomon, Eleanor Carpenter and Fabliha Khurshan, seniors at Masterman School in Philadelphia, discuss the pressures of applying to college, April 17. president and dean of admissions at Swarthmore College. “And don’t stalk us on Facebook.” An email once a week is better, said Bock, whose college admitted eight wait-list students last year. The size of the wait list varies at schools across the region, as does the history of their use. The University of Delaware accepts more than 50 percent off its list. Others take far fewer. “If we have spots, it’s not very many,” said Jess Lord, dean of admission and financial aid at Haverford College. Over the last five years, the school has taken between zero and 13 students off the wait list. That means students should not wait, but send their deposit to another school that has accepted them, Lord said. That way, they have secured a spot even if that wait-list call never comes. Once colleges go to their lists, there’s no telling how a student will fare. Some colleges tend not to rank those on the list but draw
from it to fill their own needs. “We look to see do we have enough engineers. Did the orchestra enroll the students they want? Do we need to look for a particular talent in an area?” Rapelye recounted. Princeton, one of the nation’s eight Ivy League universities, has just charted its most selective season ever. It accepted 7.29 percent or about 1,930 of its applicants, with the hope of drawing a class of 1,290. By design, Princeton admitted fewer students because so many accepted offer of admission last year that the university became over-enrolled. As a result, the wait list sat untouched, Rapelye said. As of April 15, Rapelye said she did not know if the result would be similar this year. Princeton offered wait-list spots to 1,395 students, about half of whom usually agree to stay on. That may seem like a lot, she said, but by the end of the process, only a handful may fill the niches needed to round out the
class. Bock, Swarthmore’s dean, said a third of the 800 or 900 students offered spots on the wait list each year agree to be on it. “It can take me a month to fill 12 spots,” Bock said. Rapelye said she would have an idea of wait-list needs the first week of May. “The challenge is we don’t know yet who is going to accept us, so we’re waiting as well,” she said. For students, the waiting can be tough. After months of essay-writing, campus-visiting and application preparation, high school senior Nick Solomon, 18, of Philadelphia, was rejected by three schools, wait-listed at two of his top choices — New York University and the University of Chicago — and admitted to three, all very reputable. “I definitely feel like a lot of work was wasted in a way,” said Solomon, a student at Masterman, one of the city’s top magnet schools. “I just wish I had been able to see into the future and only apply to the schools I got into.” He will remain on the wait list at NYU and Chicago but in the meantime is exploring two schools that accepted him — the University of Pittsburgh and Reed College in Oregon, which would have been one of his top choices except for the distance. Fabliha Khurshan, 18, also a Masterman student, sent her deposit to the University of Pennsylvania after she was wait-listed at her top choice, Haverford. “I really want to go to a small school,” said Khurshan, who grew up near Penn in Philadelphia and loves that school, too. While she still hopes for Haverford, she isn’t baking cookies for the staff: “I don’t want to beg, hands and knees.”