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New Salem - November 2, 2005

Counselor’s Corner


By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Way To Go Holsteins!
Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team! Second in the state is awesome! This fine performance demonstrates the dedication and perseverance that these girls have. The team seems like an extended family as they gather in the high school commons area in preparation for their after school run.
Congratulations to Coach “Iron Man” Brent Lauf on being named “Coach of the Year!” Second year in a row – you sure are doing something right. Keep up the great effort.
Team, way to make yourselves, your coach, and New Salem High School look great!

Family Financial Aid Night
We will conduct a Family Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 28, 2005. The session will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the high school ITV Room. Our guest speaker will be Sandy Klein. Mrs. Klein is the Director of Financial Aid at Dickinson State University. She will explain the entire Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form that must be completed in order for a student to access federal funds. This includes PELL Grants, Supplemental Opportunity Education Grants (SEOG) Grants, and state grants. The FAFSA is also required for students to receive various subsidized and unsubsidized federal student loans.
This workshop is for the parents of this year’s seniors who are planning on attending college next year. In addition, any community members who are thinking of attending college in the near future and/or who would like to find out about the financial aid process are welcome to attend.
Last year each person who attended was able to enter their name or their son or daughters name into a $ 250.00 scholarship competition. The winners were drawn at random. We had a state winner at Hebron High School last year. It happened that both parents and the student all attended and so her name went into the drawing 3 times. I haven’t heard yet if the North Dakota Directors of Financial Aid will have the same scholarship competition this year.

College Scholarships
This is the time of year to complete scholarship applications for college scholarships. In order to do this, students must first apply to the college for admission. Then students must normally complete a college scholarship application. The college will then examine high school transcripts and ACT scores to determine which college scholarships – if any – that an applicant qualifies for. Some colleges have already begun to award scholarships while some do not start to award scholarships until December 1st. Usually, the higher the grades and the better the ACT score, the more likely a student is to receive a scholarship.

There are also college scholarships for students in college. One place to check for scholarships is in the financial aid office. Two other sources are within the student’s major department and the college counseling office. Of course college students can also access http://www.fastweb.com. Fastweb.com will do a scholarship search for high school and college students both.
Sexual Assault Support Group
The Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck is conducting a sexual assault support group beginning on November 7, 2005. Sessions will be held on consecutive Mondays from 6:00-8:00 P.M. The registration deadline is November 1, 2005. For more information and to register contact either Tamara or Kelly at (701) 222-8370.

College Admissions Representatives
College and university representatives from across North Dakota and a few from out of state schedule visits at both New Salem and Hebron High Schools each year. Community members who are interested in visiting with a college admissions representative are also invited to attend the informational meetings at the high school.
The following Colleges will have representatives at New Salem High School:

1. Bismarck State College will be here at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 8th
2. North Dakota State University will be here at 12:30 on Wednesday, November 9th
3. Jamestown College will be here at 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday November 22nd
4. Presentation College will be here at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday December 7th
5. North Dakota State College of Science will be here at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 14th.

Home Education
Anyone who is providing Home Education for their children and would like to participate in the North Dakota State Assessment and has not yet made arrangements with the school for testing, please contact me as soon as possible. The tests need to be completed and returned with the schools tests. I would like the completed tests returned to me at New Salem High School by 8:30 A.M. on November 8th.

Holstein’s Football Team
Way to go New Salem Holstein’s Football Team! It sure was a stellar performance! You sure played well and gave it your all. Thanks to Coach Kleinjan and the rest of the New Salem High School football staff for your dedication in helping our football team play so well together and advance as far as they have.
Best of luck in this week’s state semi-final game!

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either 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!