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ATTENTION JUNIORS!!!!!!!!!!! The Governor’s Scholars Application is now available online at www.gsp.ky.gov 

ATTENTION STUDENTS GRADES 9-11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs Application is now available in the guidance office or online at http://www.kentuckygse.com/index.php/online-application.  GSE is a 3-week residential summer program for 9th, 10th and 11th graders. It offers a creative, free-thinking environment for teens to create and build their ideas for products and services. Deadline to apply is January 4, 2017.

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November 3             End of the first Trimester

November 4             No School

November 7             Start of second Trimester

November 8             NO School for Students

November 9             Campus Tour:  Somerset Community & Technical College Laurel Campus

November 10           First trimester report cards go home with students

November 21-26      Seniors:  Free application waivers to Morehead State University if you apply online.  Enter the promo code THANKS17

November 23-27      Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 1             University of the Cumberlands Dual Credit Students:  Register for 2nd semester classes

December 1             Governors Scholars Application due in guidance office

December 9             Blood Drive

December 21-Jan2   Christmas & New Year Holiday (No School)

January 3                 KYOTE Reading Test for Seniors

February 1               WorkKeys Test for senior career preparatory students

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Our staff is here to assist all students and parents in having a successful high school experience.

Text Box: Contact Mrs. Reynolds, HS Counselor at linda.reynolds@whitley.kyschools.us

Mrs. Reynolds’ office is located in the Freshman Academy Office Complex.  She is available to help all WCHS students but her primary responsibilities are freshman students and Electronic Computer School – Credit Recovery.

 
 


Mrs. Faulkner’s office is located in the Main Building Office Complex.  She is available to help all WCHS students, but is primarily responsible for tracking students with the last names beginning with A - K.

 
Text Box: Contact Mrs. Faulkner, HS Counselor at britney.faulkner@whitley.kyschools.us

Text Box: Contact Mr. Lowrie, HS Counselor at kevin.lowrie@whitley.kyschools.us

Mr. Lowrie’s office is located in the Main Building Office Complex.  He is available to help any WCHS student, but is primarily responsible for tracking students with the last names beginning with  L - Z.

 
 


Text Box: Office Hours 7:15 - 3:30 

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Text Box: Contact Angie Canada, Records Clerk at angela.canada@whitley.kyschools.us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Text Box: What's the big deal about school anyway?

Text Box: Can't I get a good job now?

Yes, maybe you can, but the statistics are against you.  Check out the earnings and unemployment rates from people 25 years and older in Kentucky with different levels of education:

Level of education completed

Unemployment rate in 2006

Median earnings in 2006

Less than a high school diploma

11.4%

$17,077

High school graduate, no college

6.3%

$25,288

Some college, no degree

5.4%

$28,625

Associate degree

3.4%

$30,047

Bachelor’s degree

2.1%

$40,925

Master’s Degree

1.8%

$48,642

Professional degree

1.5%

$66,032

Doctoral degree

1.3%

$83,649

Source:  2008 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Median Kentucky earnings by educational level for workers 25 or older employed full time; unemployment for workers 25 or older.

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Source: 2007 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Sometimes it’s hard to stay in school if you think you need to be working to earn money.  But, if you finish high school and go on to college, you’ll have a wider variety of jobs to choose from and you’ll earn more.

MC900156849[1]Text Box: Workforce Kentucky

The Office of Employment and Training has developed a comprehensive labor market workforce information system called Workforce Kentucky.  The system is designed to serve employers, job seekers, students, counselors, educators and training providers.  This interactive Internet-based system can be accessed at www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov.  It is the largest source of labor market data in the commonwealth.  Users can explore occupations, labor markets, geographic areas, industry projections, and much more.  The following are brief explanations of the various types of information and reports available to the user.

Text Box: Essential Skills to Getting a Job

This is good information for ALL students: Often referred to as "soft skills", work ethic, communication, teamwork and critical thinking are all must have's for youth in today's job market. http://www.dol.gov/odep/documents/essential_job_skills.pdf

MC900432637[1]Text Box: Career Snapshots (videos)

Want to learn more about a particular career path (job)?  Visit this website http://www.careeronestop.org/Videos/CareerandClusterVideos/career-and-cluster-videos.aspx to watch short videos detailing the basics of a variety of jobs in America today.

Text Box: Current Senior Scholarship & Program Opportunities

Title

Criteria

Deadline

Horatio Alger Association

Seniors

Plan to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree

Demonstrate financial need $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income

Involved in co-curricular and community service activities

Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

2.0 GPA

October 25, 2016

Apply online at

scholars.horatioalger.org

Kentucky Ready-Mixed Concrete Association Scholarship (Essay Contest)

Open to all high school students ages 16-18.

An entry form must be included with all essays returned.

Entries should be typed, double-spaced and not exceed 600 words. 

See application for more details.

October 31, 2016

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Who is eligible?

Any young person who:

·         is in grades 5-12 as of November 8,

·         is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,

·         has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and

·         submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 8.

What qualifications must be met?

The application must:

What do honorees win?

November 8, 2016

Deadline to complete applications online, submit applications to a school counselor, and send in signed signature page. 

JIM Taylor Scholarship

University of the Cumberlands

Seniors

See application for details

December 1, 2016

PEPP Scholar Program

University of Kentucky

PEPP Scholar program is a summer academic enrichment program for high school graduates who are interested in becoming rural physicians and dentists. 

 

See application for complete details

December 14, 2016

Burger King Scholars

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Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING Scholars program has awarded $28.3 million in scholarships to more than 26,800 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2016 alone, the Foundation awarded $3 million to more than 2,800 students in North America.

Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

Primarily funded by the BURGER KING® system and guests through annual fundraising activities, scholarships are awarded in the spring of each year. Our ultimate goal? To provide one $1,000 scholarship for every BURGER KING® restaurant in North America—that’s more than $7 million each year!

The application period for the 2017-2018 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2016 and closes Dec. 15, 2016. Click here to view the scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply now.

https://www.scholarshipsamerica.org/burgerkingscholars

December 15, 2016

National Beta Scholarship Program

$300,000 in scholarships

Apply at www.betaclub.org/scholarship

January 26, 2017

Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship

See application for details.

Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship Program

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet currently employs over 620 technicians working in the areas of administration, construction, environmental analysis, highway and structural design, geotechnical, maintenance, materials, planning, and traffic operations. Since 2009 the Kentucky Transportation Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship Program has provided 12 scholarships per year to new and returning students, filling the Cabinet's needs for technicians in the areas mentioned above. One scholarship can be worth up to $12,000.

http://transportation.ky.gov/Education/Pages/default.aspx

February 1, 2017

Civil Engineering Scholarship

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Civil Engineering Scholarship Program began in 1948.  Currently there are 80 scholarship openings each year and they are filled with returning students and new students.  KYTC awards 10-20 scholarships to new students each year who are either attending or planning to attend the University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), or University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering (UofL) to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). Students may also attend pre-engineering courses at Kentucky State University (KSU), Kentucky Community and Technical College System, or other Kentucky state colleges or universities, and then finish their Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at UK, WKU, or UofL.

The Civil Engineering Scholarship can be worth over $51,000! Some of the benefits during and after completion of the Scholarship Program are:

4-year scholarship

$6,200/semester for freshmen and sophomores

$6,600/semester for juniors and seniors

Job placement after graduation

A potentially rewarding and lucrative career

http://transportation.ky.gov/Education/Pages/default.aspx

February 1, 2017

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                    http://runnerclick.com/runnerclick-scholarship/

The Process

Here is a quick “checklist” of the steps which must be completed to meet the eligibility requirements:

  1.   Complete an original essay that follows the guidelines which can be found below. Once written, it can be sent to runnerclickscholarship@gmail.com.
  2.   Completely fill out and submit the registration form below
  3.   All entries, including required essays must be received no later than April 30, 2017 in order to be considered.
  4.   Any questions or concerns should be sent to runnerclickscholarship@gmail.com before the closing date shown above, to allow the necessary time to address.
  5. The 3 winners will be announce approximately one week after the deadline.

NOTE: Each scholarship award is issued in the amount of $2000 (Two Thousand U.S. Dollars). There will be three (3) winners of one (1) award each.

Follow these Steps

Although there are only two fairly easy steps for submitting your application for consideration, it is extremely important for all applicants to pay close attention the details in both steps, as well as our strict rules for eligibility.

STEP 1.  Submitting Your Essay:

Essay Title: The title of the submitted essay should be “The Runnerclick Academic Scholarship Program”.

Essay Subject: Staying active through sports can be a very beneficial part of your life in many different ways, for many different reasons.

– Outline why and how sports can contribute to your life? Describe some of the pitfalls experienced, as well as some of the benefits which sports can contribute to the daily life of young adult? How can a person leverage a skill in sports to land a dream job and becoming “successful” throughout life? –

(The submitted essay must consist of between 2000 – 2500 words. Be sure to submit a complete essay, remembering to check for any errors. Grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors will deem the submission ineligible)

          http://runnerclick.com/runnerclick-scholarship/

no later than April 30, 2017

The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge is coming!  You can learn more about the LGEC here:  http://www.kylgec.com/.

JA Startup

The JA Startup program is a partnership between EnterpriseCorp and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, along with local entrepreneurs and educators, to bring entrepreneurship in to high school classrooms in the Louisville region.  Area students have the opportunity start their own companies, submit business plans, and be selected to compete in a regional pitch competition (complete with “shark” investors) for cash prizes.

The Program:

For a 7 or 10 week period during the fall or spring semester, volunteer entrepreneurs and members of the business academy are paired with teachers to lead high school students through either the JA Be Entrepreneurial or JA Company curriculum.  The students learn basic principles of starting a business and have an opportunity to develop their own business plans for a startup.  These startup teams can then submit their plans to the JA Startup regional competition.  The top five team submissions are selected to compete in a “Shark Tank” style pitch competition held each spring.  Local entrepreneurs serve as “sharks” and select the winning team.

http://www.kylgec.com/.

Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship

. This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link http://www.onlinembareport.com/ and find the scholarship located at the right side of the page and click on it.

June 1, 2017.

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship 

. This is the 5th year we are awarding this scholarship for AnimationCareerReview.com. We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, http://www.animationcareerreview.com/ to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.

June 1, 2017.

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship

The first scholarship is This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link www.fashion-schools.org and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.

June 1, 2017.

Text Box: Current Underclassmen Opportunities

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Criteria/Info.

Deadline

Kentucky Ready-Mixed Concrete Association Scholarship (Essay Contest)

Open to all high school students ages 16-18.

An entry form must be included with all essays returned.

Entries should be typed, double-spaced and not exceed 600 words. 

See application for more details.

October 31, 2016

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Who is eligible?

Any young person who:

·         is in grades 5-12 as of November 8,

·         is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,

·         has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and

·         submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 8.

What qualifications must be met?

The application must:

What do honorees win?

November 8, 2016

Deadline to complete applications online, submit applications to a school counselor, and send in signed signature page. 

Governor’s Scholars Program

The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders.  Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.

To be eligible to apply and be selected as a Governor's Scholar, a student must:

After completion of their own Governor's Scholars application, students must be selected and sent by their school districts or private schools to be considered for the statewide selection process.

Apply Online

GSP.KY.GOV

Deadline:  December 1, 2016

Printed copies of completed applications must be turned in to your high school guidance counselor by December 1, 2016.  Late applications will not be considered.

Governor’s School For Entrepreneurs

What?  3-week summer program where you develop an innovative product or service.

Who?  Students in grades 9-11.  No minimum GPA.  No test scores.  Students are selected for creativity, skills and motivation.  GSE is a place for creative, free-thinking individuals.

When?  June 25 – July 16, 2017

There is no cost to attend GSE.

Emphasis on the triple bottom line – caring about People, Planet and Profit. 

We're excited to announce GSE 2017 will be held at Transylvania University from June 25, 2017 to July 15, 2017. Feel free to forward this e-mail to interested 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students or click the button below to apply. For more information click on one of the videos below or visit KentuckyGSE.com

Apply Online

KentuckyGSE.com

Deadline:  January 4, 2017

The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge is coming!  You can learn more about the LGEC here:  http://www.kylgec.com/.

JA Startup

The JA Startup program is a partnership between EnterpriseCorp and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, along with local entrepreneurs and educators, to bring entrepreneurship in to high school classrooms in the Louisville region.  Area students have the opportunity start their own companies, submit business plans, and be selected to compete in a regional pitch competition (complete with “shark” investors) for cash prizes.

The Program:

For a 7 or 10 week period during the fall or spring semester, volunteer entrepreneurs and members of the business academy are paired with teachers to lead high school students through either the JA Be Entrepreneurial or JA Company curriculum.  The students learn basic principles of starting a business and have an opportunity to develop their own business plans for a startup.  These startup teams can then submit their plans to the JA Startup regional competition.  The top five team submissions are selected to compete in a “Shark Tank” style pitch competition held each spring.  Local entrepreneurs serve as “sharks” and select the winning team.

http://www.kylgec.com/.

UK AHEC Summer Enrichment Program

Current 10th Grade Students

The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is now accepting applications for both summer 2017 health career camps.

The Summer Enrichment Program for rising high school juniors (current 10th grade students) and the Health Researchers Youth Academy for rising high school seniors (current 11th grade students) will run from June 11, 2017 - June 30, 2017.

Both provide an excellent opportunity for any student interested in a potential health care career, either in clinical practice or in the area of health care research. We are pleased to offer these residential camps free of charge to any student invited to attend. More detailed information about each camp can be found here.

March 6, 2017

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Seniors:  Here’s some great information about frequently asked questions concerning federal student aid…visit

http://www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/federalaidfirst/index.html

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Rejection—no matter what your age—is tough. But for a senior who had his or her hopes pinned on a dream college, rejection can really sting.

Some universities are extremely selective. For example, Stanford University just announced that it sent offers to just 7.2% of its class of 2014 applicants! That means that 92.8% of those applicants received rejection letters.

If your student was not accepted by his or her dream school, here are some thoughts to share:

1.    Don’t take the decision personally. College admissions officials must bring together a diverse group of entering freshmen. Diversity includes, among other things, geographical area, extracurricular activities, and academic interests.

2.    The college may not have been a good match for you. In fact, maybe the admissions officer saw something that showed the college would not be a good fit for your personal skills, interests, and talents.

3.    Remember all your strengths. The right college will recognize and reward you with an acceptance.

4.    You aren't alone. Most students receive at least one rejection letter.</