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Well, hello there, Spring Semester!!

It's hard to believe that we are in Spring 2018. I think I can speak for most of us when I say, "how'd we get here?!" This has been an incredibly fast year, but hold on, the spring semester will pass us by even faster! Each grade level will be focused on different areas, including locking in college selections, taking their first college tours or ACTs, applying for summer opportunities, all while they balance their course load and many extracurricular activities.

Spring Semester Focus by Grade Level:

9th Grade: Review your 4-Year Course Guide to determine where you want to be when you graduate and plan accordingly. Meet with your counselor to identify the best plan for you.

10th Grade: Start planning your summer activities! Leadership workshops, college learning experiences, etc. Don't let the summer go by without getting involved!

11th Grade: Pick a college or two to tour this spring. Attend a college Junior Day to learn more about what a specific university has to offer. Take the ACT if you haven't already (Reg. deadline for April test is 3/9).

12th Grade: Finalize college selection, attend Senior day at your selected college, work on your housing responsibilities and financial aid requirements. Stay focused on your grades so you can finish strong! Avoid Senioritis!!

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Free ACT Preparation eBook

You’re about to take a college readiness assessment, and you’re probably wondering how to prepare for it. This FREE eBook, from the makers of the ACT® test, helps you plan, analyze, and prepare for your exam.

Test Prep Highlights

ACT Prep - Steve Bowlware

Use this FB page to contact Steve Bowlware for more information.

Scholarship & Funding Highlights

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarship Resource

Bishop McGuinness Catholic HS is a member of the OCCF; a community organization that provides endless opportunities for its member schools and students. Access this website to learn more about the many scholarships offered through the foundation.

Forbes Guide To College Financial Aid

Updated for 2017, this comprehensive guide to college financial aid includes new tips and insights to help you estimate how much your family will be expected to contribute toward the cost of college and how to maximize your financial aid eligibility.

FAFSA Guide - By Daily Worth

This is a helpful, concise resource for understanding and completing the FAFSA.

Oklahoma's Promise Tuition Aid Scholarship

Freshman and Sophomores, don't forget to check out Oklahoma's Promise! This program offers college tuition assistance to qualifying students. Sophomore year is the final year to sign up, so act fast!

College App Process Highlights

The "Why Us" Essay Question

Ethan Sawyer's How-To Guide For The "Why Us" Essay

Zee Mee

The Go-To site to promote yourself to prospective colleges

App & Tech Recommendations

Flyers From The Counseling Dept.

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