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From the 9th & 10th Grade Counselor

 Make the Beginning of your High School Years Successful!
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What's New - Opportunities:


Hugh O'Brien Leadership Seminar 

HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar is a great opportunity to gain valuable information about leadership and meet outstanding high school students from around our state.  The Seminar will occur over 4 days in April-June at a University near you.  The seminar will cost each participant approximately $400.  If you are interested, see Mrs. Coleman for an application packet.  The deadline to apply is November 31st.


Profiles in Courage Essay Contest -

Each year an essay contest is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.  First place receives $10,000 and there are other winners as well.  This year's essay topic is Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917 (the year of JFK's birth).  The postmark deadline to submit your essay is January 18, 2019.  Complete details are available at


Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States Post 6022 and its Auxiliary announces the kick-off of the 2018-2019 Scholarship and Awards Competitions.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.Students compete by writing and then recording a three-to-five minute audio/essay expressing their views of this year’s patriotic theme  "Why My Vote Matters".  Students begin by competing at the local post level.  Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level.  The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  To download an application, go to  Deadline for entries to VFW Post 6022  is October 31, 2018.



HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESS..................Helpful Hints.................
1.  Get Involved: There are a number of clubs and organizations that should appeal to just about everyone.  Find a place to plug in.
2.  Monitor grades and attendance:  Your high school transcript and GPA will follow you the rest of your life.  Get off to a great start.  If you start to struggle, ask for help!
3.  Learn how to engage your soft skills.  Be a problem solver, communicate effectively, find the adults who can help you succeed.  We're all here to help.
4.  Set up a homework station at home that is has plenty of lighting, is quiet, and where you can work at the same time each day.  Make a habit - one that will ensure your success.
5.  Find peers to form study groups with......this is a great way to study and quiz each other.
6.  Again, ask for help if needed.  We have peer tutors and after school tutoring at no cost.