This is the Guidance Department page. Here you will find all the Scholarships, admission requirements, volunteer opportunities and all the information you need about life during and after high school.
Current Guidance Counselors:
Deborah Sole (12th) grade Counselor (Dept. Head)(3934)
Kourtney McGraw (11th and 10th) grade Counselor (3834)
Vicki Puskarich "Freshman Focus" (9th) grade Counselor (3132)
Workforce Program (Paid Jobs)
Youth must be enrolled in this program to work in our Summer Work Program. Eighty percent of our population must be out-of-school youth per Department of Labor regulations (so we need graduates, 2018 graduates or youth that have dropped out of school). And yes, we do have placement sites throughout the panhandle. Youth are paid more than minimum wage! click here for info and contact
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is sponsoring an Civics Essay Contest for students in Grades 9 through 12 in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, with cash awards of $2,000 (first place), $1,500 (second place), and $1,000 (third place) for the top essays. click here
“ACT Academy will help students improve their readiness for the ACT test and college and career by giving them the resources they need to increase their understanding of core academic skills. And the fact that ACT Academy will be free to all students is yet another way ACT is working to close gaps in equity, opportunity and achievement for underserved learners.” click here
Camp Horseshoe Entrepreneurship Summit
Like camping ? Have an interest in business ? Looking for a really cheap but fabulous vacation this summer ? You and a friend could attend the Camp Horseshoe Entrepreneurship Summit for $75 in Parsons, West Virginia. I have two scholarships which will pay the remaining camp fee for two students to attend. The camp is BEAUTIFUL ! I have been there and seen it myself. They have cabins, NOT TENTS, with hardwood floors and an in ground pool. This camp is just down the road from Blackwater Falls and the landscape is STUNNING ! Everyone who has ever attended a camp at Camp Horseshoe has raved about it. I highly recommend you take advantage of this almost free week long camp experience ! Talk a friend into going with you and bring me your applications as son as possible ! First come, first serve !!! Application is attached. click here
WV Junior Trooper Academy
The West Virginia State Police Junior Trooper Academy will be held June 25 - 29. Students aged 14 - 17 who are interested in attending must obtain a recommendation from the Superintendent, a legislator or a state policeman. Information is attached. Deadline to apply is April 6 click here
Higher Education Policy Commission extends PROMISE scholarship application deadline to March 30
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) announced today it is extending the application deadline for Fall 2018 PROMISE scholarships to Friday, March 30, 2018.
Some students reported they had difficulty completing their PROMISE applications by the earlier deadline due to the statewide public school work stoppage, and legislators and the governor asked the Commission to provide relief, said HEPC Chancellor Dr. Paul L. Hill.
“We understand that some students have been unable to complete their PROMISE scholarship applications for the Fall 2018 semester due to the public schools being closed and not having access to high school counselors,” Hill said. “We hope that with this additional time that all eligible high school seniors will be able to submit their PROMISE scholarship applications in order to take advantage of the state’s merit-based financial aid program.”
“Students are encouraged to go out now and complete the PROMISE application (www.cfwv.com/PROMISE) and the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov), which are both available for students to complete if they have not done so already,” said Brian Weingart, senior director of financial aid. “Any students who have questions or need assistance applying for the PROMISE scholarship and any other financial aid may contact our office.”
Fourth Circuit Sponsors 2018 High School Essay Contest
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2018 essay contest. Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question:
“How has the Fourteenth Amendment impacted education in the 150 years since it was ratified, and what impact will it likely have in the future?” Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by April 15, 2018.
The contest is open to students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.
Winners will be announced in June and presented at a Constitution Day event in September 2018. For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay, visit http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/essay-contest-2018.
For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or (804) 916-2706. Please note: Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are not eligible for the competition.
Trinity School of Nursing Informational Sessions
see attached flyer click here
Become a Brooke County Deputy
Brooke County is looking for a few good men and women interested in law enforcement to become deputies. Applicants must take an exam scheduled for March 10th at 10:00 am at the Brooke County Sheriff's Department. Applications will be accepted from February 5th to April 1, 2018. Additional information is attached. click here
Murphy Tractor is looking for John Deere Construction & Forestry Program Applicants
Looking for a hands on career ? Information is attached for the John Deere Construction & Forestry Program. Murphy Tractor & Construction will pay you to go and guarantee your job placement ! click here
Apply Now to FY 2018 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program!
The program provides opportunities for qualified U.S. educators and administrators to participate in short-term seminars abroad mainly on topics in the humanities and social sciences for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Upon their return, participants are expected to develop and disseminate a curriculum project and to share their broadened knowledge andunderstanding of the host country (ies) with students, colleagues, civic and professional organizations, and the public in their respective homecommunities. If you would like to learn more about out program, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/index.html.
LaRoche Design Studio
Interested in Design ? Tour LaRoche Design Studio February 19th from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Details are attach. click here
HVAC Service Technician Job Openings
Interested in work as a Service Technician for HVAC Repair ?
Apply at www.maxoutreach.com/job/N47019271
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone : 800-274-8582 Extension 185
Job opening information is attached.
ACT Student Champion Award
Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.
ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition.
Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply:
- A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
- Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application.
All questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Robert C Byrd Aerospace Education Center Open House
The Robert C Byrd Aerospace Open House fro students interested in Aviation Maintenance will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on December 2nd. Details and directions are attached. click here
Mountaineer Challenge Academy
Orientations for the January 2018 class here at the Mountaineer Challenge Academy have begun and will continue until the end of this month. If any students are interested in attending, please submit your applications soon if you have not done so already. An orientation is a requirement for selection to the class and most parents require advance notice of the orientation date in order to schedule (work, travel, etc.). Information is attached with the website where an application can be downloaded. If you have any questions or need my assistance, please do not hesitate to call. click here
Mitchell Koch Admissions Couselor Mountaineer Challenge Academy Phone: 304-791-7950 Cell Phone: 304-413-5065 Fax: 304-329-2429
Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 13
We will be holding a Financial Aid Seminar for parents of Juniors and Seniors during Open House Night on Monday, November 13th from 6:00 to 7:00 in Lecture Room 520. Students and parents from all grade levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Ms. Shannon Davis from the Financial Aid Office at West Virginia Northern Community College will be here to explain the financial aid process, the new FAFSA timeline and answer any questions you may have. This meeting will be very valuable for parents of any student planning to go to any college or technical school and is not aimed specifically for WVNCC students. Please plan to attend.
The Rochester Institute of Technology is holding a Digital Arts, Film & Animation Competition for deaf and hard of hearing students in grades 9 - 12. Details are attached. Competition deadline is March 15. click here
The Marines Semper Fidelis All-American Program for
The Semper Fidelis All-American Program is a new honorary high school program that recognizes high school juniors from across the country who excel academically, athletically and within their communities. Selected students will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Battles Won Academy with a mentor of their choice.
The program provides the exclusive opportunity for these like-minded student athletes to win a scholarship, tour the nation’s capital, hear from industry professionals, visit the Marine Corps base in Quantico and network with one another. In addition, being honored as a Semper Fidelis All-American is a great resume builder and will get acknowledged amongst colleges.
During the Inaugural Battles Won Academy, students participated in the Fit Olympics at Under Armour’s World Headquarters, received a private tour at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA, had a scavenger hunt throughout the National Mall and attended a Baltimore Oriole’s game where they had a meet-and-greet with Cal Ripken Jr. They also heard from guest speakers such as Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers, Carli Lloyd of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, World Champion Wrestler Adeline Gray, in addition to our banquet host, Sage Steele of ESPN.
Student athletes who fit the description of a Semper Fidelis All-American can complete their application at https://sfaap.marines.com/.
Students can nominate themselves or be nominated for this prestigious honor. Please note the application is only a single page and should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete, and there is no limit on the number of students that can apply or be nominated.
Attention Freshman !!!!
"Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp"
Interested in becoming a better leader ? Make plans to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Weekend May 12 – 14th at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp. RYLA is sponsored by Brooke County Rotary and all costs to attend will be covered. Information attached Click here
ATTENTION SOPHOMORE LEADERS
If you are interested in applying for HOBY, print out an application today and answer the application questions attached. click here
JOB OPPORTUNITY!!! Gabes"s hiring event. mygabes.com
Mock Crime Scene Workshop
Interested in becoming a CSI ? Waynesburg University is hosting a Mock Crime Scene Workshop for Juniors and Seniors on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 to 3:00. There is no cost to attend but register quickly if you're interested because it fills very fast ! Registration information is attached. click here
The Truth About Gap Years
Join our panel of experts for this month’s free, live online parent event, “The Truth About Gap Years,” on Thursday, October 19 at 8 PM ET (5 PM PT). If your students are considering a gap year, parents won’t want to miss this event featuring Danielle Purtell, a current medical student who took a gap year, and Charlie Taibi, CEO of Gap Year Global. Sign up at http://bit.ly/kaplanparents.
Don’t miss out on 8 hours of nonstop, free prep for this month’s PSAT. Join us for back-to-back lessons this weekend as we cover all the key topics students need to know for Test Day. Lessons are this Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, 1–5 PM ET.
Reserve your spot at kaptest.com/psatpreplive.
Brooke County has made a contractual agreement with PARCHMENT to send all student transcripts. Counselors can no longer create transcripts for you to use when applying to college or scholarship programs. You must send your own transcripts through PARCHMENT. It is easy to use but you must set up an account that you will use from here forward, anytime you need a transcript either while you are in high school or after you graduate. And so, DO NOT use your Brooke email address when establishing your PARCHMENT account because you will not have that email address after you graduate. Use a gmail, yahoo, etc or whatever you have as your email and write everything down so that you will not forget your user name, password and email account since you will need that anytime you need a transcript from now on. Current students will get 5 free transcripts and after that, each transcript will cost $5. You will receive a copy of your transcript in your email when you establish your account but that will be an unofficial copy. You cannot order an official copy sent to your email. Official copies can only be sent to colleges, employers or scholarship committees. Each transcript will cost $5 after you graduate as well.
Club and Activity List
Want to participate in an extra curricular activity but aren't sure who to ask ? The Club and Activity List is attached ! click here
ACT Dates ad Fee Waiver Application
ACADEMY DAY 2017!!
Please add Academy Day 2017 to your announcements and any calendars.
Greetings from Senator Capito’s office!
We are writing to request that you announce that Academy Day 2017 will be held for any and all students, parents and school officials interested in learning more about U.S. service academies (Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Military/West Point, Naval).
We will also have representatives from local ROTC programs on hand to discuss ROTC scholarship opportunities and a representative from the Dept. of Defense’s Medical Examination Review Board will join us on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Academy Day is an opportunity for students, parents, and school officials to ask questions and obtain information regarding the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy as well as the ROTC scholarship process. No Registration Required.
Students who want to attend a prestigious U.S. Service Academy are generally more successful when they begin planning courses and extracurricular activities early in their academic career. Please encourage your middle school and high school students, parents, faculty and staff to attend.
Project on Racism Contest Essay Contest
Dear Educators & Friends of Education,
The YWCA Wheeling is proud to announce the continuation and additions to the Project on Racism Contest, formerly known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. Beginning this year, a music/song contest, and a Five Minute Film contest are included, along with the essays. The Project on Racism Contest still honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while encouraging students’ creativity through essay writing, musical expression, and film. The YWCA Wheeling is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Attached is a packet that provides additional details, contest guidelines, etc.
The 2018 Project on Racism Contest will be based on the following quote from Dr. King
“The question is not, ‘If I stop to help these men in need, what will happen to me?’ The question is, ‘If I do not stop to help these men*, what will happen to them?’ That's the question”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - when discussing the sanitation worker’s strike
Students are invited to submit their entries on or before Wednesday, November 1, 2017. If you have questions please contact Ron Scott Jr., Program Director, Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach, YWCA Wheeling, 304.232.0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.