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Senior Newsletter #4

Senior Newsletter #4

December 14, 2016

Mrs. Misty Wade

School Counselor




Don’t miss out on any Senior information distributed by the guidance department.  Join Remind!!!

Remind.com: FSHS Guidance Class of 2017!  To join, send a text to 81010 with the message @fshsgu or send an email to fshsgu@mail.remind.com.


Attendance Policy for Seniors

A senior student must not have more than 6 unexcused absences during the school year. After the 6th unexcused absence, the student will be denied the opportunity of participating in ALL graduation exercises (including Senior Breakfast and the Graduation Ceremony) for their senior class.  The student will receive his/her diploma if he/she meets graduation requirements, but will forfeit the opportunity to participate in graduation exercises. Students may pick their diploma up in the front office on Monday AFTER commencement.


Seniors Must Graduate College or Career Ready

To graduate with the class of 2017, ALL seniors must be either college or career ready as defined by KDE & the Simpson County BOE.  Even if a student meets the 32 course work credit requirement, he/she will not receive a diploma if one of the following are not met:

  1.  To be College Ready, students must meet the ACT Benchmarks of: English-18, Math-19, Reading-20 or make the equivalent scores on the KYOTE College Placement Exam.

Passing Scores on KYOTE Exams

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE college readiness mathematics placement exam is a normalized score of 22 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE college algebra placement exam is a normalized score of 14 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE reading placement exam is a normalized score of 20 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE writing placement exam is a normalized score of 6 or higher.


  1. To be Career Ready, students must complete 3.0 credits in a KDE approved career pathway, earn a state issued industry certificate in that area, and pass one of the following academic components: ACT Workkeys-Silver Certificate, ASVAB-50, ACT-meet benchmarks, or KYOTE-passing score or higher.


College & Career Ready Counselor

Mr. Satterly is FSHS’s College & Career Ready Counselor. He is located in the CTE office.  Mr. Satterly is here to help provide resources to students transitioning to college, the military or the workforce after graduation. Students can see Mr. Satterly for the following:


  • Picking up a College Day Visit Form;
  • Needing to contact a military recruiter;
  • Getting information about colleges; and for
  • FAFSA help starting in October.

College Visits

College visits for seniors are excused absences as long as the following procedure is followed.  1. Schedule college visit with college.  2. Get a College Day slip from Mr. Satterly at least 1 week in advance.  3. Have all your teachers sign it.  4. Turn it back in to Mr. Satterly the next day.  5. Visit your college AND bring back a school excuse.  6. Turn your school excuse in to the excuse box in the front office the day you return.


Letters of Recommendation

Sometimes college applications or scholarships will require letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or community members.  If you need a recommendation letter, you need to give the person you are asking at least 2 weeks notice AND provide them with a resume. Your resume should include any clubs/activities you have been involved in, any leadership roles you’ve had, AND what things you were responsible for while a member.  A list of clubs is simply not enough information for someone to write you a quality letter. The resume should also include any awards won, community service experience (with descriptions), any paid job experience (with descriptions) and your goals for life after high school.  Make it easy for your teacher to write that letter for you!!





ACT testing dates                               Registration Deadline                         Late Registration Period                     Registration Fee

February 11                                          January 13                                            Jan. 14-20                                             $42.50 (no writing)

                                                                                                                                                                                                $58.50 (plus writing)


You can stop by Mrs. Tyler’s office and get an ACT flyer with instructions for registering online at www.actstudent.org


Scholarships, Awards & Contests: new to this newsletter


Northern Kentucky University

Scholarships & Financial Aid Packages

The chart below will help students determine which merit-based scholarship they are eligible to receive. Students are considered for merit-based scholarships once they submit a completed application for admission. NKU’s final scholarship deadline is February 15. The priority deadline for the Honors Program is March 15, 2017.  University Housing applications opened December 1, 2016 with the priority deadline of March 15, 2017.


NKU also has additional scholarship opportunities for students that require additional applications and/or essays. Follow the links below for more details.



Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Scholarships

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers two scholarship programs geared toward civil engineering.  These scholarships provide money for college, paid summer employment while in school, and full-time employment after college graduation.  This opportunity can’t be beat!!  The application deadline is February 1.  Below you will find a brief description.  More details and the applications can be found on our website at http://transportation.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

 The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program is for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Western KY University, University of Louisville, or University of Kentucky.  Students can also take classes at other Kentucky state colleges/universities, with approved programs, before transferring to WKU, UofL, or UK.  Candidates must have an ACT composite score of 24 and maintain a GPA of 2.5 while in college.  College Freshmen and Sophomores currently receive $6,200 a semester to apply towards tuition, books, etc.  Juniors and Seniors receive $6,600 a semester.  Students are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend.  This scholarship can be worth over $51,000!

 The Civil Engineering Technology Program is for students interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology at Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Prestonsburg and Blue Grass Community & Technical College in Lexington.  Candidates must meet the entrance qualifications for the college and maintain a GPA of 2.5.  Students receive $3,000 a semester, and are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend.


University of Texas at Dallas

McDermott Scholars receive one of the most selective and generous undergraduate merit awards in the nation; it includes a full scholarship and stipend package with access to UT Dallas’ rigorous education, leadership training, cultural enrichment, and personalized opportunities designed to equip them with the skills, experience, and confidence to succeed as leaders. Qualifying students can apply for The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UT Dallas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1450 or higher on the old-style two-part SAT (verbal and math) or
  • 1490 or higher on the new-style two-part SAT (verbal and math) or
  • 33 or higher on the ACT
  • First-time college freshman
  • AP, IB, CLEP, and Dual-Credit acceptable
  • Current UT Dallas students or Transfer students not eligible

All McDermott Scholars applicants must apply to UT Dallas at http://www.utdallas.edu/ before Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Additional Considerations

  • A class rank in the top five percent of their graduating class
  • Long records of leadership in school and community volunteerism
  • Broad and eclectic interests in science, literature, and the arts
  • Social skills to interact easily with adults as well as peers

Students who meet these qualifications have a stronger chance of being invited to McDermott Finalists' Weekend. The program welcomes all majors. Applications are accepted from across Texas, the U.S., and the world. The application deadline is Jan. 4. Finalists will be invited to attend selection weekend March 3-5 at UT Dallas. Apply for the McDermott Scholars Program at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=utd-msp.

Nursing Schools Almanac

Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its third annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Their website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare 

This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017. 

Interested students may visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here you’ll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form. 

Students may also find the website a helpful starting point for their college search. The website provides comprehensive and analytical resources for selecting a nursing school. Included  below is a link to research on Kentucky. 



Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship


In an effort to the cause of preventing cyberbullying, Parentinn has created the “Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship” for High school students.

Link to Scholarship pagehttp://www.parentinn.com/scholarship

Award: $1000

Deadline: Feb 28th, 17 - We run this scholarship annually.

List of requirements:

- Applicant must be high school student.

- Applicant must write an article of 600-1000 words on the topic “Why is it important to stop cyberbullying?"

Friends of the Library


 All high-school seniors in Simpson County, Kentucky, who plan to pursue a career in library science, education, or writing and who have a GPA of at least 3.0 are invited to apply for the Donna Pearson Memorial Scholarship ($500) by writing a 500-word essay about a book that influenced them greatly.


Applications may be submitted online between December 1st and January 31st. Visit facebook.com/FOLGoodnightLibrary for the application or use https://goo.gl/forms/7eTghhJidDpbiv3I3


The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Simpson County Library District will evaluate the applications and  announce the winner in February at the FOL Valentine's Day Tea for sponsors. 


For more information, please email FoLGoodnight@gmail.com or write to Friends of the Library, 203 S. Main Street, Franklin KY 42134.


Scholarships, Awards & Contests: listed in previous newsletter(s)


University of Kentucky Academic Scholarship Program

Academic Scholarship Program for Incoming Freshmen Fall 2017

 If you have a completed admission application on file, UK must receive your test scores (AP, ACT, SAT, COMPASS, etc.) by January 15.


Western Kentucky University

WKU's fall 2017 application for admission is available. The admission requirements have remained unchanged. Students with a 2.50 unweighted cumulative GPA or a 20 composite ACT score are guaranteed admission to WKU. SAT score requirements have changed slightly due to the rollout of the redesigned SAT. Students who wish to use SAT scores for admission will need a 1020 combined math/ critical reading score if the test was taken after March, 2016 (940 combined verbal/math scores are still accepted for tests taken prior to March, 2016.) Additionally, students falling just shy of the requirements listed above are encouraged to visit www.wku.edu/admissions/cai.php to see if they may be eligible for admission via their Composite Admissions Index (CAI) score.

Seniors wishing to be considered for academic scholarships must complete a separate scholarship application online at www.wku.edu/topdollar after being admitted to WKU. The TopDollar scholarship portal provides students access to all of WKU's academic scholarships with a single application! To be considered for WKU’s highest award, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, students should be admitted by November 15th and submit the Cherry Presidential application and all required documents by December 1st. For all other scholarships, students must be admitted by January 15th and submit the TopDollar scholarship application and all required documents by February 1st.

For detailed information on admissions applications, scholarship applications and deadlines, WKU has published a timeline with embedded links that can be found at https://www.wku.edu/admissions/timeline/.


University of Louisville


The University of Louisville scholarship application is now available!

We encourage students to begin working on their applications as soon as possible. The scholarship application is also the application for the Honors Programand all Guaranteed Entrance Programs. The deadline for all programs is December 15, 2016.



University of Louisville


Critical UofL Changes: Students Entering Fall 2017 - Fall 2018


 1 New Trustees’ Scholarship minimum GPA: The Trustees’ Scholarship now has a requirement of a 3.5 weighted GPA. Previous requirement was 3.35 weighted GPA.


 2 New Scholarship Deadline: All Trustees’, Porter, Mentored and Guaranteed scholarships now

have a deadline of December 15, 2016.


3 New Honors Deadline: The University Honors Program now has a deadline of

December 15, 2016.


4 GSP and GSA changes: The Office of Admissions has updated the minimum requirement for the full tuition GSP/GSA scholarship to a 29 ACT and 3.5 GPA. The partial scholarship amount has been increased to $5,000 with a 25-28 ACT and 3.5 GPA.


5 The Office of Admissions will accept first semester grades and December ACT

scores for scholarship, honors and guaranteed program consideration. Transcripts must be submitted by January 13, 2017.


6 No letters of recommendation required now for the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship.


7 Updated SAT Policy: All UofL scholarship requirements reflect the new SAT. For any questions

regarding SAT exams taken prior to March 2016, please contact our office at 502.852.6531

or admitme@louisville.edu. Admission criteria for Engineering, Business and Nursing have

been updated to reflect the new SAT.


8 The Fall 2017 application now includes a disciplinary information section. For additional information

on policies and procedures, please visit uofl.me/BRC_policy


9 The Credit for Credits program rewards progress that leads to graduation in four years. The

program provides a fixed tuition credit to students who earn thirty hours of academic credit

in twelve months. For more information: louisville.edu/creditforcredits


10  2017-2018 Tuition: The UofL Board of Trustees has frozen tuition for the 2017-18

academic year (no tuition increase.)


Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge




The Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) is a tiered business pitch competition for
ALL Kentucky high school students grades 9 - 12. It is intended to introduce students to a realistic competitive business environment, as well as promote business ownership and lifelong learning. 

Learn More at KYLGEC.com

WHO: Students grades 9-12 from public, private, or homeschooled groups.

So that students can gain exposure to the principles and ideas of entrepreneurship that will be integral to their LGEC experience, we will soon be providing additional FREE resources for teams and mentors via an online course.


Wednesday, February 1      Intent to Compete Due online. 
Wednesday, March 1         Application completed online. 

Regional Competitions
Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 2017
(See LGEC site for regions) 

State Competition
Saturday, April 29 
Kincaid Auditorium 
University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business & Economics.  


Kentucky Federation of Republican Women


The Kentucky Federation of Republican Women grants a $1000 scholarship each year to a college0-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active with the Republican Party.  The qualified applicant will graduate from a Kentucky high school in 2017, is or will be a registered Republican and plans to enroll at an accredited college or university in Kentucky.  The complete application will include the following:


                *Completed application form

                *A one page typed essay about a Republican woman you admire or who has influenced your life and why

                *An official copy of your high school transcript, which may be mailed separately

                *Two letters of recommendation


The completed application must be mailed with a postmark no later than April1, 2017 to:

                Tina Fox

                KFRW Scholarship Chair

                206 West 13th Street

                Benton, KY 42025

Application forms can be picked up in Mrs. Tyler’s office.


National Beta Scholarship Program


National Beta will award over $300,000 in scholarships with awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to outstanding 12th grade Beta members.  Application opened November 1st and the deadline to submit is Jan. 26th.  A step-by-step guide to applying for National Beta Scholarships can be found at betaclub.org/scholarship.


Events & Other Information

Middle Tennessee State University

A Preview Day will be held on campus at MTSU on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  Students interested in any of these events can find more information and RSVP at www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.  Any student wishing to tour MTSU, please contact tours@mtsu.edu.


Toyota Young Women LEAD Conference

Toyota presents the annual Young Women LEAD Conferences in partnership with SOAR and Eastern Kentucky University.  High school young women are invited to join us for this one-day leadership conference designed to inspire these young women to believe in their qualities and strengths, and to challenge them to believe in a higher level of personal growth and development.  

 The central Kentucky conference, co-hosted by Eastern Kentucky University, will be held Tuesday, March 7, 2017. This year's conference will feature keynote speaker, Julie Marie Carrier, Emmy-Nominee, award-winning national speaker and author. 

 Registration will begin January 25, 2017.  It is limited and is first-come, first-served. Lunch will be provided and the cost is FREE!

 For more information visit:  http://www.youngwomenlead.com/


SKYCTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program.

The Southcentral Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (SKY FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement a work-and-learn style program that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. With SKY FAME, students can dive into a challenging Advanced Manufacturing career while simultaneously earning a college degree, and the potential to graduate with zero student debt!


Students will attend classes at SKYCTC Franklin-Simpson Center two days a week and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for a local manufacturer – all while being paid a competitive wage. AMT students study a multi-craft technical skill set, including electricity, robotics, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication, industrial troubleshooting, and much more. After five semesters, students will have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology-Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track and over 1,800 hours of on-the-job work experience. SKY FAME is looking to recruit a selective admission, cohort of 30 students for the Fall 2017.


If you have any questions about the program or would like more information, e-mail kelcie.richart@kctcs.edu.



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