Connections Weekly Newsletter

September 16, 2022

Upcoming Events

Sept. 20 - Senior College Information Night, 5:30-6:30. Lecture Hall Rm 1102 Learn about the college application process. In addition to covering the details of the college application process and how to use Naviance, we will cover student responsibilities, what TCA sends as part of the college application process, deadlines, and other application components. There will also be plenty of time to get your questions answered, so come prepared to ask! Students are welcome to attend.

College Workshops for Seniors: The following workshops are to help seniors as they work through the college application process. In addition to a general overview, there will be time for specific questions, handouts/worksheets, and online access to keep the process moving forward.

All sessions will be in the library conference room during FLEX:

September 20: Common App and Activities List.
A well-thought-out activities list (150 characters max) can be a standout feature in your common app. Compare these two:
  • Art Created art and organized club. (32 characters)
  • Founder, Art Honors Society Organized and ran meetings, set up field trips, brainstormed and created group art activities, wrote and sent newsletter to members. (133 characters)

September 21/22: Personal Statement.
This is the opportunity to use your voice, your words to tell your story. The essay (650 words max) is your chance to fill in the gaps in your application. We will review what works, what to avoid, and an activity to help focus the story.

CLASS OF 2023 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

I visited the seniors in their Civics class last week to start to talk about Naviance and the college application process. During the visit, we reviewed the correct way to have transcripts sent to colleges. The key takeaway was, “Apply first, request transcripts second.” It must be in this order, if not, requests to have transcripts sent will be deleted.

There are several important deadlines for college applications from now until December so my visits will be focused on this task. After December, class visits will focus on resume writing, a bit more career/internship information, and general “readiness” for post-secondary “life.”

One point that was emphasized was that everyone is at a different point in this process. What one student is doing is great for them, but it might not, nor does it have to be, the same for all students. Students were reminded to stop by my office to let me know where they might have questions, I can’t help if I don’t know.

Finally, in the “You Should Know” category, October 18-20 is Colorado Free Application Day. All application fees will be waived for Colorado State schools and most private schools. Click here for more information.

Here is a link to the Senior Year Checklist to help stay aware of some of the monthly “milestones.”

CLASS OF 2024 - Advisor Skip Zickmund

I visited with juniors in their English classes this week. We talked about the schedule of the year; first semester will focus on career /interest, second semester will be developing a post-graduation plan.

After reviewing Naviance, paying attention to the “What’s New” section for all the upcoming college visits, we discussed the importance of getting involved in clubs, sports, and activities and talked a bit about PSAT/NMSQT and community service hours. We completed a career interest inventory and used a series of questions as a reflection to understand their results.

If you were unable to attend the Junior Family Night, here is the power point for you to look over. Please reach out if you have any questions.


If you paid this optional fee for the PSAT/NMSQT in October, you would have received details; the update was emailed via Naviance on Wednesday evening. Please check your spam boxes for any missed messages. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Peters at

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an agreement with 160+ participating public colleges and universities to provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Colorado students. Click here for the full list of participating WUE schools! Through WUE, eligible students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate programs outside their home state and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident tuition rate. WUE increases affordable higher-education choices for students and minimizes the adverse impacts of student loan debt.


Connections, Room 1104

Look and sign up for these events in Naviance at least one day before to receive a pass, otherwise, stop by Connections to get a pass. Most out-of-state visits and mini-college fairs happen in the fall.

* Today, 9/19 10:30, Mini College Fair – Outside of Cafeteria
* Tuesday, 9/20 8:40, Whitworth University
* Tuesday, 9/20 9:35, Vanguard University of So. California
* Tuesday, 9/20 10:30, BINGO

In the Community

Christian College Fair of Colorado will be hosting a college fair on Monday, September 19 from 6-8pm at Colorado Springs Christian High School.

College Fairs of Denver is hosting virtual sessions on September 21. Topics include College Search and Selection, Scholarships-Tips to find and develop a strong application, and Financial Aid-navigating the Process and Resources. Register here More information here

Service Academies/ROTC Virtual Information Session will be held on September 22 from 5:30-7:45pm if you are interested in becoming a military officer in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, Merchant Marines, or Coast Guard.

NACAC will be hosting a college fair on Sunday, September 25 from 1-4pm at the Denver Coliseum.

Southern Colorado College Fair will be held on September 26 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Coronado High School Gym. Approximately 200 admissions representatives from colleges and universities throughout Colorado and across the country will be in attendance.

The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations will be hosting a college fair for District 20 on Wednesday, October 5 from 6-7pm at 1110 Chapel Hills Drive.

UCCS will be hosting an Open House for students interested in helping professions on October 19 from 10am-3pm.


NACAC will be hosting Virtual College Fairs on Sunday, September 11, October 9, and November 6 from 11am-4pm.

Enrichment Opportunities

ACT is hosting My Journey, a free virtual college planning event on Saturday, September 24 from 9-11:30 am. This will feature ACT experts covering all the latest details on scholarships, admissions policies, financial aid, college life, test prep, and everything else students and families need to know. Register here.

Last Chance: Students can apply for the Spark Mindset CyberSpace Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Program. All application information is in your student account for; if you have not created an account, TCA is listed under charter schools, and your password must include 10 characters, Classes begin on September 19th.

GE Johnson invites females 12-17 years old to a day of hands-on construction experience at Build Like a Girl. Come learn about careers in construction, use some power tools and build a wagon that will support your community. September 24 from 9am-1pm at GE Johnson Logistics Facility. See their website for more details and registration.

Need help with math skills? Schoolhouse World is a non-profit with the mission of connecting the world with free, peer-to-peer tutoring.

Scholarships and Incentive Programs

The Boettcher Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Colorado high school seniors that is awarded in partnership with Colorado’s four-year, nonprofit institutions of higher education. Boettcher defines merit to mean superior scholastic ability/intellectual curiosity, leadership, service, character, and more. They care deeply about lived experience and the context in which a student has thrived as a leader, either because of or despite personal circumstances. The upcoming webinars this fall are on the following dates: Thursday, September 29 (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) or Thursday, October 6 (6 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for highly motivated students to earn a bachelor’s degree that helps them build a successful career and rewarding life. Daniels Scholars demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Bill Daniels would also want his scholars to be proud Americans who value our free enterprise system and are prepared to give the world their very best shot.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year, annually renewable college scholarship that is unique to each student and varies depending on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and their choice of school and degree program. The scholarship pays up to $25,000 per year toward the student’s unmet need, after applying their EFC, other scholarships, and financial aid. Daniels Scholars may attend any accredited college or university in the United States. Apply online October 1-Sunday, November 15, 2022, by 4:00 pm MST. For eligibility requirements, click here. For more information, visit

College Highlights

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Exploring College Options is a special informational program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

Sunday, September 18, 4:00 PM
Monday, September 19, 5:00 PM

At Chadron State College, if you are Pell eligible, you will pay zero tuition with their Tuition Guarantee Program. This means that families with an income of $65,000 or less are eligible. There is no cost to apply!

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - 9th & 10th Grades, PSAT/NMSQT, Scholarships

Skip Zickmund, Assistant Director - 11th & 12th Grades, AP

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service