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New Salem - June 8, 2005

Counselorís Corner
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Scholarships and Farewell to Seniors!

Dollars For Scholars & Other Local Scholarship Recipients!
Thanks to all of donors of the local New Salem/Almont Community Scholarships.
This years recipients of the New Salem/Almont Dollars for Scholars Scholarships are: Zachary Doll, Lindsey Kaelberer, Allison Klemisch, Angela Klemisch, Kelsey Lennick, Jamie Toepke, and Travis Werchau.

This years recipients of the Class of í51 Scholarships are: Michael Kautzman and Chauncy Schultz.

Thanks to everyone from New Salem, Almont, and surrounding area who contributed for these scholarships. Also, thanks to the Class of í51. I hope you can continue with these efforts in providing opportunities for our students continue their education. Congratulations scholarships recipients!

Additional Class of 2005 Scholarship Recipients!
One of the many things I like about my job is assisting students in obtaining funding to pursue post-secondary education. This includes federal loans, grants, and college work-study as well as scholarships. Class of 2005 college scholarship recipients are:

Zachary Doll is the recipient of the North Dakota State University Presidential Honor Scholarship.

Lindsey Kaelberer has received the Bismarck State College Foundation Academic Scholarship and a Bismarck/Mandan Elks Scholarship.

Michael Kautzman has received an Elks Scholarship.

Angela Klemisch has received the University of Mary Harold Schafer Leadership Scholarship.

Kelsey Lennick has received the Bismarck State College Foundation Lang Memorial Scholarship.

Chauncy Schultz has received the University of North Dakota (UND) Presidential Scholarship, the UND Honors Tuition Waiver, UND Pacesetter Scholarship, UND Outstanding Student Award, and the NAPA Scholarship.

Jamie Toepke has received the Bismarck State College Foundation Tim Hennessy Scholarship.

Travis Werchau has received the Jamestown College Academic & Achievement Scholarship, the Jamestown College Leadership Scholarship, and the Jamestown College Alumni Referral Scholarship.
At the time of graduation, not all colleges had completed their scholarship awarding process. As a result, I am sure that some students will receive additional scholarships. As of graduation New Salemís Class of 2005 has scholarships that exceed $ 70,000.

Congratulations for your hard work and extra effort in high school. Often hard work does pay off in the long run. Receiving these scholarships is like getting paid for doing well in high school. I hope current high school students who read this will be motivated to continue to do their best in school and in life.

Congratulations Seniors!
Although there is an element of sadness in seeing you leave New Salem High School, there is also happiness in seeing you continue in your journey through life. Keep your positive attitude. Sometimes this may be difficult to do. However, at times a positive attitude is one of the main things we can cling to in weathering some storms life has to offer.

Career planning is not a once in a lifetime activity. Instead, career planning is a process that goes on throughout life. The better we plan and follow the plan, the better potential life has for us. Yes, it is okay to change our plans. However, I hope that you change your plans only after a thoughtful decision-making process has occurred.

Who cares about you more than probably any other person in your life? My guess is mom and dad. Please involve them in your major life plan decisions. Although it may not always seem like it, they have a lot of experience and they want what is best for you.

Listen to your dreams, plan your future, and set goals for yourself. Time management is an important issue for us all. If we manage our time well, then time will treat us well in return.

I hope you dream, plan, set goals, and celebrate the achievement of goals! Finally I hope that each of you takes advantage of your unique abilities (what you are good at) and your interests in your career planning process. Education is the key that unlocks the doors to our future.

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, you can e-mail me at You can also contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610, at Hebron High School at 878-4442, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!