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New Salem - January 13, 2010

Career Corner

Mrs. Linda Becker
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
New Salem-Almont High School
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor


2010 has arrived along with snowy and cold weather. Opportunity is all around us in life and in a new year. When the weather is cold and snowy it is an opportunity to stay indoors and organize closets and drawers and clean out storage areas. This is a task the Beckers do each year in January. For students it is an opportunity to organize their lockers and study folders and materials so they can do well in school. For seniors the winter months are a good time to complete scholarship applications. Parents be sure to encourage your seniors to get the applications online or from Mrs. Becker and follow-up with them to help them complete the applications and turn them in by the deadlines.

The winter months are also an opportunity to spend some time with family members either outdoors moving snow together or staying indoors to do family activities together. Preparing home cooked meals and baking are great ways to spend time together and teach children how to help themselves have a healthy diet. Girls and boys alike can benefit from knowing how to cook favorite foods so they can prepare them when they leave home to be on their own. Start teaching children how to prepare one favorite food.

Even though winter is not Mrs. Beckerís favorite season, she does her best to have a good attitude towards winter and the opportunities it provides. It is our hope that students will take advantage of the opportunities that school provides and make progress in their career planning. Seniors, if you have not applied for college yet or need help getting direction after high school graduation, January is a good time to visit Mrs. Becker for help with that. She will be at the high school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January.

Girls State & Boys State
North Dakota Girls State and North Dakota Boys State are training programs in citizenship and democracy. These are great leadership opportunities for juniors. The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary sponsors these unique experiences each year.

North Dakota Boys State
Application Preference Deadline: April 25, 2010
Boys State Dates: June 13-18, 2010
Where: North Dakota State College of Science

North Dakota Girls State
Application Preference Deadline: April 1, 2010
Girls State Dates: June 5-10, 2010
Where: University of North Dakota

So, if you are a junior and are interested in finding out more about attending, either stop by and see Mrs. Becker or go to the following websites to find out more information:, or For those who apply early, there is a possibility of obtaining an American Legion sponsorship. Governor John Hoven not only attended North Dakota Boys State but he was elected the Boys State Governor when he attended in 1974.

Important Date for Juniors
April 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM - The ACT or WorkKeys assessment will be given to juniors at the high school. There is no charge for students to take the test. Every junior student in the state of North Dakota will take either the ACT or WorkKeys assessment. This is a provision in HB 1400, which was passed in the most recent legislative session.

Do your best!