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Counselor’s Corner … College & Career Night successful

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm


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Last week’s annual College & Career Night was a huge success! We had over 45 different organizations attend, setting a new record for the event. The LCHS Guidance Department was excited to see all of the students and parents in attendance. Thank you to all who helped to make this community event a GREAT success.

Students who attended College & Career Night had questions about what they should be doing to get ready for college or technical school. The most important things to do to get ready for higher education are to get good grades, do well in school and stay organized. There are also other important things to remember when thinking about higher education. For example, you want to think about completing all of those applications and forms. It can sometimes be confusing or overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Here are a few helpful hints.

In completing applications, seniors should pay close attention to application procedures, neatness and priority filing dates. Applications often have an essay section that is optional. It is recommended that students do the optional essays. Essays give colleges and universities something extra to consider when evaluating a student’s application.

Along with the application, a student must request that a transcript be sent to the college from the high school guidance department. Scholarship applications will also require a transcript to be included. Students must complete a transcript request form available in guidance. The transcript will have the ACT and /or SAT scores on it from each time you have taken those tests. Most schools will accept this ACT/SAT score from us as an official score.

If students already have not requested financial aid information from their colleges of interest, they should do that now. A point to remember is that students cannot be considered for a scholarship at a college unless they have applied to that college. Students must know whether the college awards scholarships based on information submitted on the admission application and transcript or if a separate scholarship application is required.

For example, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) awards academic scholarships based on the admission application information; however, departmental scholarships at MTSU require separate applications. It is important for students to look at college and university web sites to check for available scholarships and departmental scholarships. Knowing scholarship deadlines is extremely important. Staying organized will eliminate much stress associated with deadlines.

Don’t forget about our Falcon sports! Playing on September 10th – the Falcon Golf team will play at home against Franklin County High School, the Lady Falcon Volleyball team will play an away game against Tullahoma High school, the Lady Falcon Soccer team will play at home against Giles County High School, and the Falcon Cross Country team will compete at Henry Horton State Park.

On September 12th – the Falcon Golf team plays at Riverbend against Shelbyville High School, the Lady Falcon Volleyball team plays at Loretto High School, and the Lady Falcon Soccer team will have a home game against Columbia Central High School.

On September 13th – the Falcon Football team will play against Lebanon High School in an away game, and the Lady Falcon Volleyball team will be completing in a tournament in Coffee County, which will also happen on September 14th.

Please feel free to contact the LCHS Office for any official start times. We look forward to seeing you at the games!