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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, 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
       or call 800-205-6367.

      Complete an admissions application at
      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 so MSU will know which
       scholarships you may qualify for.
      Send proof of measles and rubella immunizations.

          Distinguished Scholarships: December 1, 2009
          Freshman Academic Scholarships: February 1, 2010
          Leadership and Service Scholarships: August 1, 2010
          September 21, 2009
          October 12, 2009
       MSU SCHOLAR’S RECOGNITION DAY: October 26, 2009

    Submit an online application by visiting 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:
      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 and select the “Meet Your Recruiter” tab or call USM
   at 601-266-5000.

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:
        Tougaloo College
        Mississippi Valley State University
        Union 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

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 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 or, 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.

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.

• 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.

• be children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca−Cola bottling companies,
The Coca−Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries;




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.

Source Material

   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.

Essay Submission

   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.

Nominating Teachers

   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

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

    20. Visit to search over $3.4 billion in scholarships!

    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

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