Information for Juniors
* Get Involved! Join clubs or athletic teams here at the school. Volunteer in the community. Take advantage of the opportunities provided to you; they look great on any type of application you fill out.
* Keep track of all you do in high school. Start a resume that includes: sports, activities, work and volunteer opportunities, leadership roles. The resume is a great tool you can use when seeking letters of recommendation. Teachers often ask for a resume or list of your high school involvement to aid in writing the letter.
* Start self exploration by going to:vawizard.org and vacareerview.org These websites include assessments that allow you to investigate your interests. They also provide education and career information that will be helpful when making decisions regarding your post high school plans.
College Bound Students
(This includes trade and technical schools – requirements are similar to those of 2 and 4 year colleges.)
Stay focused! Your junior year grades will be the final set of grades that will be listed on your transcript when it is sent to each school you apply to in the fall of your senior year. During your senior year we will send semester grades and a final transcript at year end.
Utilize the OverGrad Website
You should have received log in information through Schoology. This is a great tool to help you explore colleges, as well as set goals for the rest of high school.
Register to Take the PSAT
1. Juniors who take the PSAT may qualify for merit based scholarships based on testing results.
2. This test will be given at the high school in October. Sign up by mid-September!
3. Register with Ms. Spiak in the School Counseling Office.
Register to Take the SAT
Register for SAT/ACT tests. (It is recommended that juniors take the SAT/ACT one to two times during his/her junior year.)
* Register at Collegeboard.com
* Be sure to watch deadlines so that you will not have to pay added fees.
School code: 471520 Test Site: 47474
NKHS is a testing site in October, November, March, and June for the SAT
Investigate college(s) of your choice
* This includes 2 and 4 year colleges and universities, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, and technical schools.
* Attend open houses.
* Spring Break is a great time to visit schools.
*Become familiar with entrance requirements. Maintaining the rigor in classes, while excelling, is still a huge factor for most colleges and universities in determining admissions.
Athletes - Planning to play college sports?
* Review NCAA requirements.
* Any junior desiring to play college athletics must register at the NCAA Eligibility Center
. This does require a fee.
*Be sure to have all official SAT or ACT scores sent to NCAA. You can choose them to receive scores at the time you register for the SAT (www.collegeboard.org). Your counselor can upload your transcript, but the counselor cannot submit SAT and ACT official scores. You must request that from the testing sites through your account.
* Visit the Scholarship Center in the School Counseling Office to investigate scholarship offers.
* The majority of scholarships we receive are for seniors; however, on occasion we will receive scholarships for juniors.
* We will also list this information in the daily bulletin and on the announcements so be sure to read and listen closely.
* Remember - we receive information on a number of scholarships; however, there are many available that we do not receive. Investigate your parent’s employment, church, local agencies, etc….
* We encourage you and your parents to attend the Financial Aid Workshop to be held at the high school during the month of January, to become familiar with the financial aid process.
*Did you know that we have a financial aid rep. who visits twice a month? Come by guidance to see when she is here. Mrs. Williams welcomes meeting with you and your parent.
Military Bound Students
* Investigate your decision as to which branch of the military you plan to enlist with.
* Contact and form a relationship with a recruiter.
* You will need to work with your recruiter to complete items such as the ASVAB test.
Work Bound Students
Investigate your place of employment.
* Is there room for growth?
* Are you working to move up in the company, save for college or trade school, help support your family, etc?…
* Investigate what changes will take place if you continue to live at home, move out on your own, etc…
Be familiar with all expenses involved.
All juniors: Please explore the Useful Links and Document Manager tabs for numerous articles and websites on a variety of important topics, to include essay writing, letters of recommendation, college and career exploration, apprenticeships, etc.
Follow Us On Twitter!
Be sure to follow us on Twitter. @NKHSCounseling to get updates on scholarships and other vital activities.
Please do not hesitate to contact your counselor should questions arise as you prepare for your post high school plans.
Last name begins with:
A-F Peggy Spiak 966-9693
G-N Kirstin Russow 966-9692
O-Z Pam Nixon 966-8507