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School Counseling Weekly Update

Week of October 2017

(New ones in Bold)

Coming Events



October 10- Ferrum College Admission Counselor Visit 1:30 PM


October 11, 2017 – PSAT -9 AM Cafeteria


October 12, 2017 – Talent Search Field Trip


October 13, 2017 – Bridgewater College Admission Counselor Visit 9:30 AM


October 18, 2017 – ODU Admission Counselor Visit 1:00 PM


October 18- Mid 6 Weeks

October 19, 2017 – Earthquake Drill



October 19, 2017 – 11th & 12th TS Meeting


October 19- Financial Aid Meeting for seniors in the auditorium at 1:30 PM

October 19- Financial Aid Meeting for seniors and their parents in the auditorium at 6 PM

October 23- 27 – National Red Ribbon Week

October 26- Roanoke College Admission Counselor Visit 1:00 PM

October 26- 9th & 10th Grade TS Meetings

October 28- ACT Test

November 4 – SAT Test at AHS

November 3 – December ACT Registration Deadline

December 9- December ACT Test

2017-2018 College Open House Dates


Bluefield College – September 23, November 11, 2017 & February 17 & April 7, 2018


Bridgewater College – October 21, November 11, 2017, February 3 & March 17, 2018


Discover Music at Concord University on Monday, October 16, 2017 8:30 AM-3:15 PM


Ferrum College – October 21, November 11 & December 2, 2017


Hampton University - November 11, 2017


James Madison University- September 30 & November 11, 2017


Jefferson College of Health Sciences – October 21 & November 11, 2017


Loyola University Maryland – October 28, 2017


Old Dominion University – October 14, November 11, 2017 & February 3 & April 17, 2018


Randolph College – October 9, 21, November 7,11, 2017 & January 15, February 19 & April 21, 2018


Roanoke College- October 7, 9, 22 & November 18, 2017


Shenandoah University- October 21, November 18 & December 2, 2017


The Art Institutes – October 21, November 4 & December 9, 2017


Virginia Military Institute – November 3-4 2017, February 9-10, March 2-3 & March 16-17 2018






College Admissions Counselors Visits to AHS- Sign up outside of the guidance office.


Websites of Interest

E-Scholarships USA-

Bureau of Labor Statistics


2017-2018 Act Administration Dates and Deadlines

ACT Test Dates 2017, 2018

Test Date


Late Deadline

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017*

November 4-17, 2017*

February 10, 2018

January 5, 2018*

January 6-19, 2018*

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018*

March 10-23, 2018*


2016-17 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines

2017–2018 SAT Test Dates and Registration

SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

November 4, 2017

October 5, 2017

October 25, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

November 21, 2017






 Official Practice SAT Test





: Virginia License Plate Design Contest: Take Action Against Distraction


In 2016, 13 Virginians were killed and more than 800 injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted teen driver. For this reason, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is launching a statewide license plate design contest for high school students.The Take Action Against Distraction Plate Design Contest aims to start the conversation and raise awareness about distracted driving.Also, it provides an opportunity for students to share their visual arts skills for a worthy cause and potentially save a life.

All grade 9-12 students enrolled in a Virginia school are invited to design a license plate depicting distraction-free driving. Design entries must be submitted online between November 1 and December 15, 2017, through the official contest website at link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.Eight finalist designs will be selected by February 20, 2018, and will be placed online for public voting in the spring 2018. Finalists will be awarded cash prizes. The winner will be announced in April 2018.

This contest is not possible without assistance from our educators across the state. The contest will run concurrent with the 2017-2018 school year, affording teachers the opportunity to incorporate it into their curricula.

For information, visit DMV’s Virginia License Plate Design Contest: Take Action Against Distraction website at link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. For further information and questions about the program, please contact Leslie Grott, Contest Coordinator, DMV, by email at or by telephone at (804) 367-5401; or Cheryle C. Gardner, Principal Specialist of Fine Arts, by email at or by telephone at (804) 225-2881.


Want to see if Engineering is right for you?

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites you to apply

for a place in our High School Visitation Program taking place

November 18th, 2017.

About the Program:

The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVAs

engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The

program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience. We

particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in

applying to engineering schools or pursuing an engineering career.

The fall session of the program will be for high school seniors, however sophomores and juniors

may apply. Interested students may be selected to spend Saturday night (the 18 th ) in UVA dorms

with SWE members.

Program Activities:

The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVAs

engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. Some of the

events throughout the day are:

Design Activity

Majors Fair

Scavenger Hunt around Grounds

Lab and Dorm Tours

Professional Panel

Tour of UVA

How to apply:

The application to apply for Fall High School Visitation can be found at our website:




Youth Conservation Leadership Institute

August 2017-March 2018

The Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI) is a program focusing on volunteer service, environmental stewardship, leadershipand connecting students with environmental issues in their local communities. The YCLI program is designed to engage students in the resources and topics of Soil & Water Conservation District programs beyond the limits of a single camp program or competition. It is the intention of YCLI to connect the knowledge gained through programs such as Youth Conservation Camp and Envirothon with specific environmental concerns and needs in one’s local community.

As a participant in the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute, students will be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service with a focus in the natural resources conservation field. Students are encouraged to focus work with the local Soil & Water Conservation District but any work that contributes to pollution prevention, natural resources conservation, and promotion of environmental literacy will be accepted. All projects must have a confirmed mentor which may be a local SWCD, government agency, community leader, or similar local organization.

YCLI is open to any Virginia high school student committed to the entirety of the program including:

  • Completion of at least 20 community service hours to be approved by the VASWCD staff.
  • Submission of one interim and final report/presentation on the community work completed.
  • Attendance at the final recognition program to be held March 2018.
  • Read an assigned book on environmental leadership for a group discussion


See Ms. Howell for an application

High School juniors and seniors, Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive online learning course with a space mission design and human space flight theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify. Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of seven modules and a final project to be completed from November 2017 through May 2018 under the guidance of licensed master educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars. Students who successfully participate in VASTS can apply to earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy.

Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application, deadline for student applications is November 12th, 2017.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Ian Cawthray
VASTS Education Program Coordinator
Or visit:







The Horatio Alger Scholarship –the scholarship programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have significant financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.

Eligibility Requirement Criteria: high school graduation in spring/summer, demonstrated critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income) and US Citizenship. To apply visit Deadline on October 25, 2017



2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards


In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February.

During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofilt charitable organizations of their choice. Local Honorees who qualify can also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

For application and certification questions, or to request a paper application form, call855.670.4787.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Since 1995, the program has honored more than 120,000 youth volunteers at the local, state and national level.

Apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., in late April!


Complete the application and the student/parent agreement; then, on the “certification” page, email or print and deliver instructions to your certifier (deadline: November 7, 2017).

Certifiers review applications online and select Local Honoree(s) for state-level judging (deadline: November 17, 2017).

Your application can be certified by your school principal or head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.



2017 IT Girl Competition

This is an exciting opportunity for one of your students to win a grand prize that includes a paid internship and for your school to win $5,000!

There are many different ways to promote the competition! Please do one or more of the following to give your students awareness of the contest:

  • Post the attached flyer in your school’s career center
  • Include information in your school newsletter or newspaper
  • Put it on your school website
  • Incorporating it into the morning announcements
  • Post the opportunity to Facebook and other social media
  • Print the attached flyer and make available to your students



Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship


HS School Senior and US Citizen

For details visit to apply

Deadline November 27, 2017



Virginia Mayflower Society Scholarship

For more information, please visit:


You must be a high school senior or

home-school equivalent, a undergraduate

or graduate student under the age of 26

enrolled in an accredited educational


You must be any one or more of the


• A Virginia resident

• Related to a Virginia resident

• A member or related to a member of

the Virginia May_ower Society.

You must have a grade point average of B

or the equivalent.

You must be sponsored by one of your

current teachers or by a member of the

Virginia May_ower Society.

* Family members (children, nieces and nephews, and in-laws of members) of the Society’s Board of Assistants

or of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible.


By the March 19, 2018 DEADLINE, provide the Scholarship

Committee with all of the following:

1. A brief resume showing academic achievement and community


2. Your sponsor must provide a letter setting out the name,

address, telephone number/contact information for you

and your sponsor.

3. A copy of your academic transcript for the current year and

the previous two years.

4. An original essay on this year’s subject of no more than

1500 words in the MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual of

Style. _e essay must cite a minimum of 5 print/web

sources, but do not cite Wikipedia. Do use spell check or

grammar check. Submit a hard and/or electronic copy.

Applicants will be judged on their academic record, resume,

and, predominantly, on the essay.


The Pilgrims first landed near what is now Provincetown at the eastern end of Cape Code, and as they

traveled west along the inner shore of the Cape they, like Champlain in 1606, had encounters with hostile

Indians. However, after settling at Plymouth the Pilgrims received help from the Pokanokets Indians and

became allies of their chief, Massasoit. What were the causes of the good relations between the Pilgrims and

the Indians near Plymouth?

Send you submissions to James H. Maloney, Scholarship Chair, at:

1763 Bluff Mountain RD, Madison, Va 22727-3379 or


Named for the former

Governor General of the

General Society and past

Governor of the Virginia

Society, the mission of the

Mildred Ramos Scholarship Fund is to

encourage and support the study of the

Mayflower Pilgrim experience and values.


Our full name is _e Society of

May_ower Descendants in the

Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 1950, we are the

Virginia component of the General Society of May_ower

Descendants, a non-profit hereditary, charitable, and educational

society based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Each of our


Student Global Citizens scholarship:

This is open to ANY high school student grades 9-11 and the deadline for application is November 1.

Recipients will earn a free trip to our technology-focused Global Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany next July, where they’ll collaborate with other young, passionate leaders to design solutions for our evolving technological landscape, and even compete to have those solutions featured in Stockholm’s Nobel Museum.

On the website here: you can find information as well as the rubric we use to evaluate submissions (it’s the blue “project guidelines” link). Also listed are the terms and conditions for you to browse through- and please send any questions my way or directly to the email address for this committee at the end of the terms and conditions.

The AXA AchievementsmScholarship will provide over $1.4 million in scholarships this year


AXA AchievementsmScholarship winners demonstrate ambition and self-drive with outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. They share these qualities:


Ambition and drive

Determination to set and reach goals

Respect for self, family and community

Ability to succeed in college




Scholarship details

The AXA AchievementsmScholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Plus, a $1,000 grant will be made to every scholarship winner's school. Learn more about the AXA AchievementsmScholarship. +