Counselors Corner

Brought to you by your NoGa Counseling department - vol. 1

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September is National Suicide Awareness Month

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Start the conversation

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Prefer texting? Text "START" to 741-741 to reach Crisis Text Line

Let's Speak Up! Share with #ReasonsISpeak via social media.


Participation in student activities offers numerous benefits from building character to building your resume. Check out some of the current offerings:

(Students 9 - 12)

Cancer Services of Gaston County is taking applications for their Youth Advisory Council. The Cancer Services Youth Advisory Council works in the school and community to promote healthy lifestyle choices for youth. Candidates for the Youth Advisory Council should be interested in participating in advocacy work to promote the dangers of tobacco, healthy eating in their schools and community. They must be willing and able to attend meetings and participate in activities! Regular meetings will be held at least once a month at the Cancer Services of Gaston County office in Gastonia. Applications are located in the guidance office outside of Mrs. Smith’s office and are due to Mrs. Smith by Friday, September 18th. If you have further questions please contact Josh McClure at or 704-864-1271.

(Students 9 - 12)

2015 U.S. Service Academy Day
Hosted by U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx
Date: September 26, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Clemmons Branch Library, 3554 Clemmons Road, Clemmons NC 27012
Purpose: To familiarize students with the application and nomination process for applying to the nation's five military service academies. Representatives from all five academies will be in attendance to explain more about their requirements and expectations. The event also will allow local students the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about the admissions process. High school students of all ages and their parents are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Richard Moxley at

(Students in 10th grade only)

The HOBY Program is designed to empower high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community. Students that are selected will attend a June seminar to participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in your state, and explore personal leadership skills, while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in the community. If you are interested in HOBY, please pick up information outside Mrs. Smith's office in guidance. Space is limited so apply today!

(Students ages 7 - 16)

Chameleon's Journey is an overnight grief camp for children and teens coping with the death of a family member or other significant person in their life. At the camp, participants learn ways to cope with their emotions while growing through new experiences, and they take comfort in learning that they are not alone in their grief. Applications are located outside Mrs. Smith's office. The 2015 camp dates are October 17-18. Deadline to apply is September 25th.

Have you registered yet?

SAT and ACT tests are offered once a month between Oct.-May, but don't delay, click on the links below to get yourself registered!


how do I find scholarships?

You may feel like it isn’t worth it to apply to scholarship awards because of how competitive many of them are. But someone has to win, so why shouldn’t it be you? Landing an award isn’t easy but there are ways to improve your chances, especially if the scholarship you find is focused on criteria specific to your student profile. Qualification criteria vary so much from scholarship provider to scholarship provider that most people seeking scholarships could certainly find some assistance. Apply for academic scholarships if you have a stellar GPA and standardized test scores to match but don’t forget all the things that make you unique and could land you free money to pad your financial aid package.

There is no 'one stop shop' to find all scholarships out there, you'll have to do your research. Many scholarships and award money comes directly from the college itself, often based on your EFC (estimated family contribution) from your FAFSA form (free application for Federal student aid). But let's not get too ahead of ourselves, more on FAFSA later.

Check out our NoGa Scholarship newsletter:


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College Foundation of North Carolina College application week - November 2-6

Visit your CFNC account to find out more information about this event when many NC colleges and Universities will waive their application fees. Don't have a CFNC account? Go to and create one!


One last note......

Remember, we can't control others

we can only control our reactions to them!

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