Class of 2024 Senior Newsletter

East Lawrence High School Counseling Department

Department Staff

Lindsey Sizemore- Professional School Counselor

Tammy Black- Registrar

Senior Handout

Each month Mrs. Sizemore will post important senior information & scholarships in the Senior Handout. A printed copy will be given out during Mr. Cater's Gov't class and a digital copy can always be found here to download/print.

ELHS 2024 Senior Handbook

Use this link to access more important senior information

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College Visits

Don't forget that you get two college visits to use before Christmas. You'll need to print out this College Visit Form and have the person that gives you the tour to sign it for you. Bring the form back to Mrs. Letson to have your absence excused.

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Master Scholarship List

Use this link to view a select list of upcoming scholarship deadlines and details. This list is by no means comprehensive. Students should also check out the websites listed under "Other Resources" at the bottom of the page.

Going Merry is a free scholarship application platform that helps make college affordable for all. Students can find and apply to scholarships directly from our website.

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Search through 1,000’s of scholarships in all different types of categories. Find fun, unusual, academic, need based scholarships and more!


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Selective Service

All male US citizens are 18 must register with the Selective Service. This should be done prior to completing the FAFSA

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Success for Every Student 90-Seconds
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Preview Days are an excellent opportunity for you to visit campus and see what being a Gamecock is all about! 2023 Fall Day Preview Day is September 23, 2023 and October 10, 2023. You'll be able to create your own schedule with options to take a tour, explore academic programs, and more. We can't wait to show you around!

Why attend Preview Day?
  • Seniors attending receive a code to apply to JSU for FREE
  • Take a tour of campus with a student leader
  • Explore academic programs and talk with faculty members
  • Get a picture with Cocky, JSU's mascot
  • Complimentary admission to the afternoon football game - you don't want to miss watching the JSU Gamecocks in action or hearing the Marching Southerners perform their exciting half-time show
  • Can't make it to a Preview Day? No worries! We offer campus tours everyday Monday-Friday. Schedule a weekday visit here.

JSU Scholarships

GREAT NEWS! The 2023-2024 First Time-Freshman Merit-Based Scholarship structure is here! Many of our scholarships have INCREASED in value. JSU's administration is committed to ensuring JSU remains affordable for all students wishing to join the Gamec ock Family. We could not be more excited to start awarding these automatic scholarships to admitted seniors this week.
  • Transcripts: We encourage all students who have applied but not sent an official transcript through to submit one as soon as possible so they can be considered for these scholarships.
  • Merit-Based Scholarship Upgrades: Test scores and transcripts received by May 1, 2023, will be evaluated for potential scholarship increases.
  • Competitive Scholarships: Students can also learn more & apply for competitive scholarships here.
  • Honors Scholarship Application Due - January 6, 2023
  • Leadership Scholarship Application Due - February 1, 2023
  • JaxAPP General Scholarship Application Due - February 1, 2023
  • Performance-based scholarships, by audition
FAFSA: All students are highly encouraged to send a FAFSA to JSU (school code = 001020). JSU offers some need-based aid and we must have a FAFSA on file to consider students for this funding.
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University of Alabama Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions is please to share these important updates for freshmen planning to enter in the Spring, Summer or Fall 2024 Semesters.


The University of Alabama will remain test optional for freshmen entering in Spring, Summer and Fall 2024 Semesters. Students will have the option to submit standardized test scores when applying for admission, but they will not be penalized if scores are not submitted.


Admission consideration for freshmen entering through Fall 2024 will be based on a holistic review, considering both academic and non-academic criteria. Academic components may include high school GPA, performance in core subjects, academic honors and standardized tests, should a student elect to submit scores. Non-academic criteria may include leadership experience, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, employment and non-academic honors.

The University of Alabama recognizes that not all students have access to the same opportunities in high school, and holistic admission enables UA to consider a wide range of experiences demonstrating potential for collegiate success. Students will still be required to complete the minimum unit requirements to apply.

For additional information, please contact your regional recruiter.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Alabama

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Daikin-ACT WorkKeys-Calhoun

WorkKeys Testing Information

Our test date will be: Tuesday, Nov 7th

Why are you taking the WorkKeys Test?

The WorkKeys system from ACT is being used in high schools across AL and throughout the country to help students understand how they can improve their skills for better-paying jobs. WorkKeys scores help employers take the guesswork out of determining whether individuals are qualified for positions in their organizations.

WorkKeys Testing Day

On November 7th all seniors in Lawrence County will take the three parts of the WorkKeys test

  1. Graphic Literacy (55 mins)
  2. Applied Math (55 mins)
  3. Workplace Documents (55 mins)

The Alabama College Career Readiness Certificate

Certificate levels are bronze (scores of 3), silver (4), gold (5) or platinum (6+). The highest score is 7.

Students who score a Level 4 or higher on all three assessments will receive an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate. East Lawrence students who obtain this credential will have the opportunity to purchase an honors cord to wear at graduation.

The Alabama Career Readiness Certificate is aligned with ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. These certificates are portable, evidence based credentials that certify skills needed for workplace success.

Why are WorkKeys tests important to high school students?

WorkKeys test scores provide important information no matter what type of career a student plans to pursue after high school. Large numbers of students are entering the workforce without adequate skills to qualify them for the jobs they want. By increasing their skill levels while they are still in school, students increase their opportunities for higher salaries in the future. Because WorkKeys tests measure skills valued by employers, students can use their results to get a better picture of their chances for success in the workforce and to improve areas where their skills are weak.

Why should you and your student care about the WorkKeys tests?

All students enter the workforce eventually—whether they get a job right out of high school, work part-time while continuing their education, or go to college first. The WorkKeys system stresses skills development important for every type of employment. WorkKeys job analyses are conducted for a wide range of jobs across the U.S. economy, from jobs that require short-term on-the-job training to those requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Calculators (Students are responsible for bringing a calculator)

WorkKeys recommends the use of calculators for the Applied Mathematics test. No problem on the test requires the use of a calculator; however, it is generally to your advantage to use one.

• You decide whether to use a calculator on the Applied Mathematics test. If you regularly use one in class or when doing your homework, it makes sense to use one on the test. But if you aren’t comfortable using a calculator, you may decide not to use one on the test. You can always bring one and decide not to use it. Pack it the night before so you won’t forget it in the morning.

• We recommend that you use a calculator that you are used to—as long as it is not one of the kinds that are not permitted. Using a more powerful calculator that you are not familiar with is unlikely to give you an advantage over the kind you normally use.

Permitted Calculators

You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list. For models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator's features.

Prohibited Calculators

The following types of calculators are prohibited:

• calculators with built-in computer algebra systems

Prohibited calculators in this category include:

► Texas Instruments: All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92 and the TI-Nspire CAS—

Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.

► Hewlett-Packard: HP 48GII and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G

► Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G

• handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs

• electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.

• calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices

• calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)—Note: Letter keys not in

QWERTY format are permitted additional information visit:

Visit for additional information.

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Other Important Links & Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions

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