September 04, 2009
1. The Act will be given at TCHS on Saturday, October 24, 2009. The deadline
to register to take the ACT in October is Friday, September 18, 2009. The cost to
take the ACT is $32. ACT does not take cash, so checks or money orders
need to be made payable to ACT Registration. If a student who is a junior or a
senior eats free or reduced lunch, the student may qualify for a fee waiver. See
Ms. Byars or Mrs. Ward for information about a fee waiver for the ACT. The test
center code for TCHS is 162720, and the high school ACT code is 251-370. No
Mississippi college requires the writing portion of the ACT, so if you plan to
attend a college outside of Mississippi, be sure to check if the ACT Writing is
required. If you want Mrs. Ward or Ms. Byars to mail your ACT packet, be
sure to put three $.44 stamps on the front, or pay $1.32 for stamps. Turn in
the completed, stamped ACT registration packet to Mrs. Ward or Ms. Byars
before 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 18.
2. The TCHS College/Career Day will be Wednesday, September 16, 2009, in the
cafeteria from 8:00-10:30 A.M. The scheduled times for seniors and juniors to
attend will be in the teachers’ mailboxes Wednesday morning. Students, please
have some questions in mind to ask the recruiters on Wednesday. Some sample
questions are as follows: When and how should I apply for admission? When
and how should I apply for student housing? What about early admission
requirements? What type of scholarships and financial aid does the college offer?
When and how should I apply for scholarships and financial aid with the
university? What is the deadline for scholarship and admission applications?
How do I schedule a campus visit?
3. The seniors will attend “Northeast Now” on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. This
event will provide seniors the opportunity to tour Northeast Mississippi
Community College, to participate in numerous enjoyable activities throughout
the day, and to get a taste of how college life will be. More information
concerning this trip will be provided at a later date.
4. Northeast Mississippi Community College will be at Tishomingo County High
School on Thursday, October 22 so the seniors of 2010 may complete admission
applications. Seniors will go to the auditorium on Thursday, October 22, after roll
has been taken in their second period class. NEMCC will also discuss types of
financial aid and scholarships for NEMCC and other schools in Mississippi.
5. To be eligible for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, student must be a
senior, must have at least a “B” grade average, and participate in at least one
school-sponsored sport. Completed applications are due by October 1.
Go to www.wendysheisman.com, click on Students/Parents
Click on “Apply Now”
Register and fill out your online application by October 1, 2009 at 5:00
P.M. central time and select a school administrator to review your
application (Mrs. Ward)
Make sure that your reviewer completes their review of your application
by October 6, 2009 at 5:00 P.M. central time
After October 22nd you will be able to check for School Winners and
follow your progress online
If you have any questions about the program, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 800-205-6367.
6. CHECKLIST FOR APPLYING FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY:
Complete an admissions application at www.msstate.edu.
Have your ACT/SAT scores sent directly to MSU. (See Mrs. Ward for a
form if you did not have ACT send your scores to MSU.)
High school students: Have an official 6-semester high school transcript
sent to MSU. MSU does not accept faxed transcripts. (Use “Transcript
Request Form” to have Mrs. Ward send a transcript to MSU.)
Submit official transcripts for any college work (MUST list all colleges.)
MSU cannot accept faxed transcripts.
Create an online scholarship resume at
www.admissions.msstate.edu/apply so MSU will know which
scholarships you may qualify for.
Send proof of measles and rubella immunizations.
MSU FRESHMAN PRIORITY DATES:
Distinguished Scholarships: December 1, 2009
Freshman Academic Scholarships: February 1, 2010
Leadership and Service Scholarships: August 1, 2010
MSU FALL PREVIEW DAYS:
September 21, 2009
October 12, 2009
MSU SCHOLAR’S RECOGNITION DAY: October 26, 2009
MINORITY STUDENT RECRUITMENT PROGRAM: Oct. 26, 2009
7. OLE MISS APPLICATION CHECKLIST AND DEADLINES:
Submit an online application by visiting www.olemiss.edu and click on Apply
Online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Office of
Admissions and Enrollment Services to request a paper application. A $35
application fee for Mississippi residents or $50 for nonresidents is required.
Request high school or college to send official transcripts. (Use the
“Transcript Request Form” to have Mrs. Ward send your transcript.)
Have ACT/SAT scores sent directly to Ole Miss. (See Mrs. Ward for form if
you did not have your scores sent directly to Ole Miss.)
All students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two
immunizations for measles and rubella prior to registering for classes.
Medical History forms are available online at the Student Health Services
Web site: www.olemiss.edu/depts/stu_health.
OLE MISS FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS STUDENT
Receive an admission acceptance letter from the university, including Ole
Miss Student ID number and WebID
Submit the online Entering Freshman Scholarship Application by the
priority date of December 1.
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form; priority
date is February 15.
Seek other types of scholarships, such as scholarships from outside
resources or department scholarships.
Accept your financial aid award online via Check Your Status link on the
financial aid Web site.
Notify the Office of Financial Aid as you receive outside aid (non-
University of Mississippi awards)
Retain copies of all materials and university information for your personal
Check your application status 24 hours a day at
OLE MISS FALL VISIT DAY: October 17, 2009 (Register online at
8. If you want information about the University of Southern Mississippi, go to
www.usm.edu/admissions and select the “Meet Your Recruiter” tab or call USM
9. Delta State University: DSU Day, Saturday, September 19 Find out more at
10. Any senior who wants information about schools, see Ms. Byars or Mrs. Ward:
Mississippi Valley State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Savannah College of Art and Design
11. The QuestBridge Program: “The nation’s leading colleges are actively seeking to
enroll high-achieving low-income students. If you are an outstanding student who
has overcome economic challenges, you have a real chance to attend a top-tier
college on a full scholarship. The QuestBridge National College Match can help
you make it happen. The QuestBridge application is free of charge, due on
September 30, 2009, and available at www.questbridge.org.
12. Any senior who would like information about the Army ROTC Scholarship
Program at the University of North Alabama or Mississippi State University,
please see Ms. Byars or Mrs. Ward for more information.
13. Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs: “Are you scholarship material?
If integrity, determination, and courage describe you—then, you have what it
takes. Our scholarships reward students who possess the character to succeed in
life. We help students overcome the financial barriers of pursuing higher
education. To qualify, you must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial
assistance to go to college. See us at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships and
apply yourself.” Application Deadline: October 30, 2009
14. If you have made a difference by volunteering in your community over the past
year, you could win $1000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, DC, next may by
applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award. To apply, visit
http://spirit.prudential.com or www.principals.org/prudential, click on the “How
to Apply” link, and follow the on-screen instructions. When asked for the access
key, type the word spirit. Once you have completed your online application, print
it out, sign it, and have a parent sign it. Submit your printed application to Mrs.
Ward by October 30, 2009. If you need a paper application form, call 877-525-
8491 toll-free. One application will be selected to continue to the state-level of the
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
15. Service Academy Nominations: Congressman Travis Childers is seeking the
nominations of young men and women from Mississippi’s First Congressional
District for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval
Academy at Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the
U. S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point. The U.S. Coast Guard
Academy manages its own selection process based on a nationwide merit-based
competitive process. See Ms. Byars or Mrs. Ward for more information.
16. The Lieutenant Governor’s office is taking applications for the 2010 Page
Program. Students who are interested should fill out an application with all
supporting information to the Lt. Governor’s office by November 30, 2009.
There are only 50 slots available for this year’s program. For more information,
see Ms. Byars or Mrs. Ward.
17. COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM
1. Seniors in high schools throughout the United States who meet the eligibility
requirements may apply each year for one of 250 four-year, achievement-based
scholarships. Students will find the application link on this web page between August 1 and
October 31. The deadline is October 31 and the student must be a senior at the time of
2. Approximately 2,200 applicants will be selected as Semifinalists in mid-November and
notified by mail and email. Semifinalists must then complete a secondary application,
including essays, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Semifinalist
applications will be due by mid-January. Our Program Review Committee will select 250
Finalists to advance to the final interview phase. Notifications are sent mid-February.
3. In April, the 250 Finalists are invited to Atlanta for personal interviews. The Finalists
are interviewed by a National Selection Committee representing outstanding leaders in
business, government, education and the arts. 50 students are then designated as
National Scholars and receive awards of $20,000 for college; 200 students are
designated as Regional Scholars and receive awards of $10,000 for college.
APPLICANTS MUST BE:
• CURRENT high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or
select DoD schools);
• U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a
legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
• anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
• planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
• carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
APPLICANTS MAY NOT:
• be children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca−Cola bottling companies,
The Coca−Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries;
APPLY TODAY AT: www.coca-colascholars.org
18. JOHN F. KENNEDY PROFILE IN COURAGE ESSAY CONTEST
The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve
attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of
twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states,
the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools
overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of Fidelity
Investments and members of their families are not eligible to participate.
The deadline for the 2009 contest was January 10, 2009. Winners will be
announced in May.
Essay submissions for the 2010 contest will be accepted starting September 1,
2009. The deadline for the 2010 contest is Saturday, January 9, 2010.
Essays can be no more than 1,000 words. Citations and bibliography are not
included in the word count.
Essays must be the original work of the student.
John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible
subjects for essays.
Essays must describe how an elected official demonstrated political courage by
addressing an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information
and Writing Tips for more information.
Essays about previous Profile in Courage Award recipients will be disqualified
unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the
award was given.
Essays with fewer than five listed sources may be disqualified.
All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout
their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We cannot accept
citations in footnote form.
Essays must include a bibliography (using any one of the recognized formats).
You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to the Prepare
Your Essay section information on Citing Sources and Bibliographies.
Essays which rely solely on Internet sources may be disqualified.
Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of
mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form
online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your
essay, see Submit your Essay.
Mailed in essays must be postmarked by January 9, 2010.
All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration
form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and
advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to
read students' essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are
submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating
teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling
errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first
place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school,
will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award
ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching
at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English
or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception
if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating
teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home-
schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.
19. Test Prep
Ace the ACT!
Register at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/tupelo/continuing_ed/communiversity/classes.html
Ace the ACT! is a one-day course designed to teach students key strategies in taking the
American College Test (ACT). The class includes helpful hints in how to take the test (and most
standardized tests) by reviewing all sections tested and key math formulas used most often on
the ACT. Participants should bring a pencil and a desire to improve their scores. There will be
three opportunities to participate in this course; however, it is highly recommended that
participants register early as this course fills quickly! Limited enrollment! Lunch will be provided.
Date: Saturday, October 17
Deadline to Register: October 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 (Includes the Cost of Lunch)
Instructor: Len Blanton
Location: UM-Tupelo, Room 206
Date: December 5
Deadline to Register: November 30
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 (Includes the Cost of Lunch)
Instructor: Len Blanton
Location: UM-Tupelo, Room 206
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21. Any senior who wants to participate in Division 1 or II collegiate sports, please
talk with your coach about registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Please ask
your coach to see Mrs. Ward after you have spoken with him or her.
22. Seniors will apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in
January 2010. The Tri State Educational Foundation Scholarship and other
community scholarships will be available second semester. Grade Point Average
(GPA) and class rank will not be available until mid January because first
semester senior grades must be included.
23. Northeast Mississippi Community College is hosting an ACT Workshop in
Harget Hall from 4:00-8:00 P.M. on October 12 and 13 or October 19 and 20.
The cost to take the ACT Workshop is $40. See Mrs. Ward or Ms. Byars for an
application. The maximum number of students who can attend the workshop is