Counselors Corner

Brought to you by your NoGa School Counselors - vol. 5

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Participation in student activities helps with building character and building your resume so GET INVOLVED!!!

(9) Commissioners' School of Excellence

Senator James S. Forrester Commissioners' School of Excellence

  • Each summer, the Gaston County Board of Commissioners funds a two-week residential experience for rising 10th graders at Belmont Abbey College. The Commissioners' School of Excellence (CSE) offers a variety of hands-on activities and seminars designed to help participants better understand Gaston County, and their own roles as future leaders.
  • Each Gaston County high school is allotted one CSE position for every fifty students enrolled in the ninth grade.
  • Any 9th grader is eligible to apply for CSE - see Mrs. Smith for more information

(11) Martha Guy Summer Institute (fee to participate)

  • One of the best summer opportunities awaits current juniors on the campus of Appalachian State Univeristy. The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) as a solid, 12 year history of inspiring students through exploration of the business world, and they are not accepting applications for their 2016 cohort!
  • There is a fee attached to this opportunity so please visit for full details. Application deadline is February 26, 2016.

(10 & 11) Summer Ventures

  • Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is seeking rising NC juniors and seniors who are academically talented and who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Spend 4 weeks during your summer on a UNC campus conducting research on STEM topics. Gain skills in experimental design, laboratory instrumentation, mathematical modeling, and more. Applications are now available online - deadline is January 31st.

(11 & 12) Advanced Leadership Academy (fee to participate)

  • Participants will develop themselves along the seven dimensions of the Social Change Model of Leadership (SCM) and how they work together to accomplish the eighth dimension change
  • Participants will also meet new people and establish an ongoing network of peers, other leaders and social entrepreneurs
  • Participants will also earn college credit from George Mason University
  • For more information and to sign up for this excellent opportunity, visit:

(9 - 12) The Shelton Leadership Conference (fee to participate)

  • The Shelton Challenge is an experiential, five-night, six-day residential program designed to develop the next generation of values-based leaders.
  • Students participate in a variety of activities including a low and high ropes course, social responsibility projects, team challenges, small group discussions, and multimedia presentations to introduce students to foundational concepts of values-based leadership.
  • For application and reference forms, visit:
Why not use your free time to help others! There are currently 26 listings for volunteer opportunities for high school students in the local area. Check out to filter through and find the right opportunity to match your interests:


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!

* Redesigned SAT begins in March *

For more information on the changes, visit

Overview of the Financial Aid Process


Spring semester

January 25

Schedules will be provided to students in advisory on the morning of January 25th. Remember that you committed to your course selections and alternates during registration. Schedules will not be changed because you changed your mind, you do not want the teacher, and/or you do not like the time of the class.

  • Early release (SENIORS only) will be available for 3rd/4th periods only (no late arrival).
  • Early release will not be assigned until you return the job form completed (see your counselor).
  • If you are participating in a Spring sport, early release is NOT an option.

The schedule change request deadline has been extended to Friday 1/8 NO EXCEPTIONS. To submit a request, click on the following link:

Gay Straight Alliance

Every Monday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The GSA will continue to hold weekly meetings every Monday in the Library. All students are welcome. See Mr. Bolden in the counseling office with any questions.


January 13 - 20

Here are some helpful study tips that may help you prepare:

10 Study Tips for Exams and Improve Study Skills


Saturday, February 20, 2016

9:00am - noon

Get FREE help from college aid professionals to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Session for Gaston County will be held at Gaston College. To register, visit

ACT at NoGa

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


All juniors will take the ACT at school on March 1. There is no cost affiliated and this will be a college reportable score so any preparations you do will be a benefit for you.


What career path are you looking to pursue?

Choosing a future career path can be very challenging for some students. Of those that are not 100% on what they would like to do after high school, check out and take some of the interest inventories. Interest inventories can help steer you in the direction of certain careers based on your interests.

Out of the box careers

Highlighting lesser known careers


    An architect is a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design and construction of buildings

    Median annual salary: 73,090

    Entry education level: Bachelor's degree

    Projected 10-year growth: 17%

    Similar professions: Civil engineer, Urban and Regional Planners

For more information:


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