March 2020

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March Calendar

  • Wednesday, March 4th & Friday, March 6th – Finals
  • Thursday, March 5th – No School for Students due to Girls State Basketball
  • Monday, March 9th thru Friday, March 13th – Spring Break
  • Monday, March 16th – Term 3 Begins

 

March EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin

According to the March EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin, seniors who plan to enroll in college this fall need to complete the following steps:

  • Complete the financial aid process
  • Compare financial aid awards
  • Watch your grades
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Make your final college selection
  • Be aware of deadlines

For more details about each of the above steps, please click here.

The March EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin also includes the following guidelines for current juniors who plan to attend college:

  • Narrow college choices
    • Sign up in the Counseling Center to visit with college reps
    • Schedule campus visits
    • Check out the college-search resources at EducationQuest.org
  • When taking the ACT at LSW this April, provide a list of colleges that you want to receive your ACT scores
  • Attend the spring college fair at SCC on March 29th
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) starting October 1st
  • Attend LSW’s Apply2College event in the fall of 2020

Post-Secondary Options Other than College

FamilyEducation.com  provides alternatives to attending college for those students who are not planning on attending college immediately after high school. FamilyEducation.com acknowledges that “attending college after high school isn’t for everyone. Some teens choose to take a year or two off before continuing their education, while others jump right into the workforce.” For students interested in exploring options other than college, below is a list of possible alternatives for students and their parents to explore.

  • Get a job
  • Start a business
  • Travel abroad
  • Serve in the military
  • Learn a trade
  • Be an intern or an apprentice
  • Volunteer
  • Take adult ed/continuing ed classes
  • Earn a vocational or career training certificate
  • Turn a hobby into a moneymaker

For more information about the options above, please click here. Students interested in these options often try them out as a gap year, which means that take a year off between high school and college. For students who are undecided, but have applied and been accepted to the college of their choice, they should check with the admissions office to see if their acceptance and financial aid package is guaranteed for the year following a gap year.

Resources for students interested in a gap year experience are available at the sites listed below:

Student Leadership Opportunities

There are several student leadership programs and opportunities that are currently accepting or will soon be accepting applications.  Many of these programs will take place this summer or throughout next school year.  Students can get more information by visiting the sites for each program or by visiting with their counselor.

Youth Leadership Lincoln

Participants in this program are high school sophomores. They spend one day a month together discovering there are others like them outside their geographic bubble who live in other parts of the city and county. They grow to understand how our city, county and state function, they gain a deeper understanding of businesses in Lincoln and they broaden their understanding of Lincoln’s nonprofit sector as well.

The Youth cohort is interactive and hands-on helping the participants develop leadership and team participation skills. They have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from across Lincoln and learn how they can help maintain the quality of life we enjoy.

Participants in our youth program come from schools throughout Lancaster county and begin their year together with a retreat that helps them begin to develop leadership skills, form teams and understand group dynamics. Each month during the year they’ll learn about community visions, business, government, human services, and health.

Details: All freshmen who would like to participate in the program during their sophomore year may apply.  If selected to participate, tuition is $350 to take part in the program.  Applications for the upcoming year will open up this spring.  For more information click here.

Governor’s Youth Advisory Council

Being a responsible citizen doesn’t mean sitting back and letting other people make decisions for you. It means getting involved in shaping the character of our families, our schools, our communities and our state.

The Governor’s Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) is a body of young Nebraskans between the ages of 14 and 19 who are committed to being informed and taking a stand on the public issues that affect young people the most – education, finance, careers and employment, recreation, health, drug and alcohol abuse, foster care and more.

Details: Must be between 14 and 19 years old.  Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis as positions on the council become open.  For more information visit click here.

Nebraska Leadership Seminar

Here at Nebraska Leadership Seminar, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. NLS cultivates young leaders of Nebraska in an atmosphere of personal discovery and skills development. Our vision is to Challenge, Empower, and Inspire leaders through educational programs and networking guided towards life-long leadership and community involvement. Members of the Nebraska Leadership Seminar community will be known for their skills, dedication, and energy for societal betterment.  The Nebraska Leadership Seminar is normally held in June.

Details: High school sophomores may apply.  If selected to participate, tuition is $200 to take part in the program.  For more information click here.

Launch Leadership Workshops

Launch Leadership is a volunteer-powered nonprofit, passionate about empowering middle and high school students through experience-based leadership training. Our Volunteer Staff is comprised of college students, professional educators and professionals from other walks of life.

We facilitate various services throughout the year, including One-Day Workshops and Leadership Retreats that take place at local schools. We can also help program and run conventions for your group. In the summer, our Summer Leadership Workshop brings together more than 400 students for an action-packed week of fun activities and lifelong learning.

Everything we do is focused on helping students find out who they are and how they lead. Then, we challenge everyone to think about how they can apply what they’ve learned to the real world. The result is a community infused with thousands of motivated, focused, ambitious young leaders. And we’re just getting started.

Details: There are two summer workshops- one in June and one in July.  There are also programs held throughout the school year.  If selected to participate, tuition is $350 to take part in the program.  For more information click here.