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Class of 2019

Counseling Department Newsletter October 2018

Senior Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 6pm

Morristown-Hamblen High School West, Morristown, TN, United States

Morristown West seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to our annual Senior Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:00PM in the auditorium. Erika Adams from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) will be our guest speaker and will offer information about Tennessee Promise and HOPE Scholarship programs, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and other financial aid (including federal and state grants, loans, and other scholarships) for 2- and 4-year schools and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT schools). Information will also be provided about the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma. Don't miss out on this important information!

FAFSA Opens October 1!!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a student's application for financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year and must completed by students planning to go to a postsecondary institute (2-year, 4-year, and technical schools) to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. The FAFSA application is available at FAFSA.gov.


Prior to completing the FAFSA, students must create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is used to confirm a student's identity when accessing financial aid information and to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA. Dependent students will also need to have one of his/her parents create an FSA ID so that the parent may electronically sign the student's FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, please visit fsaid.ed.gov.


Please remember that the FAFSA is FREE!! There are many internet scams which require payment to file a FAFSA. You should never have to pay for any part of this process.

After submitting the FAFSA, a student should be sure that he/she receives 2 e-mails: one verifying that the FAFSA was submitted and another stating that the FAFSA was processed.

WSCC Scholarship Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 13th, 10am-1pm

R. Jack Fishman Library, South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, TN, USA

Scholarship Saturday at WSCC offers students the convenience of completing the FAFSA, applying for admission to WSCC, and applying for the WSCC Scholarship, all in one visit. Trained specialists will be available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Morristown Campus.

Project Graduation 2019

Project Graduation provides a safe, drug and alcohol free place for our students to celebrate the milestone of high school graduation! It includes a night of music, games, food, fun, and memories to last a lifetime. Graduates can win cash and prizes contributed by area businesses and the community.

To carry out these ambitious plans, lots of help is needed. Parent volunteers may contact Carol Manning at 423-312-3808 or Projectgraduationhamblen@gmail.com. There are many ways for parents to help (set up, clean up, food, decorations, publicity, etc)- you are not required to spend the night.

The Metropolitan University Tour

Hear from six of the world's top research universities during the Metropolitan University Tour! Representatives from The George Washington University, The University of Miami, New York University, Northeastern University, Southern Methodist University, and Tulane University will be available in Knoxville, TN, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 07:00 PM. The event will be held at Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel. Click here for more details and to register.

United States Senate Youth Program

Applications are now being accepted from junior or senior high school students to be a participant in the United States Senate Youth Program. Two Tennessee delegates will participate in an annual Washington Week in March which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government. The Hearst Foundation also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. The student application and instructions for applying are available here. Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 29.

Upcoming Events

We have a new calendar of events (see below) posted right outside of the Counseling Office. Stop by frequently to see what's new!


October 1-5
: College Application and Exploration Week

October 1: FAFSA opens - Seniors and their parents can start completing FAFSA on this date

October 2: ACT Re-take for Seniors (at school during the school day)

October 2: Senior Parent Scholarship/Financial Aid Meeting at 6:00PM

October 3: Senior Picture Retakes, all day

October 4: 1st TN Promise meeting at 9:00AM at West High

October 29: FAFSA Frenzy

November 1: Class of 2019 deadline to apply for TN Promise Scholarship

Nov. 2, 2018 - July 1, 2019 - complete and report 8 hours of community service (must report on-line) (Please note that students may only use community service hours performed between these dates.)

February 1: Complete FAFSA to ensure Tennessee Student Assistance Grant availability (based on income) and TN Promise eligibility

March 18: 2nd TN Promise meeting - Mandatory- at 5:30PM at West High cafeteria

April 15: Deadline to submit Work Ethic Diploma Requirements

April 15: Deadline to submit Tennessee Scholars Applications

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Credit Recovery

Seniors who need credit recovery should see their counselor for an application. After-school credit recovery begins on October 16. Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m. . Payment may be made on MyPayments+ on the West High website or in the Business Office at the Hamblen County Board of Education.

College Scholarship Deadlines

Below is a list of FIRM scholarship deadlines for some local colleges. Please note that in some cases, students must apply and be accepted before they are able to access the scholarship application(s). It is important to apply well before the stated deadlines!


Carson-Newman University - Apply Early

East Tennessee State University - December 15

King University - Apply Early

Middle Tennessee State University - December 1

Tennessee Tech University - December 1

Tusculum College - Apply Early

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - December 1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville - November 1 (competitive); December 15 (general)

Walters State Community College - February 1

College Open House Dates

Click on School's Name to Register Online:

Carson Newman College

October 6

November 3

February 23

East Tennessee State University

October 20

November 3

King University

October 20

November 10

February 23

March 16

Middle Tennessee State University

October 6

October 23 True Blue Tour Johnson City

October 24 True Blue Tour Knoxville

November 3

Tennessee Tech University

October 6

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

October 16 Moc in A Minute Knoxville

November 3 (Blue & Gold Preview)

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Sept. 29 (Big Orange Preview)

Nov. 3 (Rocky Top Tailgate)

College Day

Each senior is allowed one college day during their senior year. Students are required to submit a parent note to Mr. Kinsler BEFORE going on the college visit. Upon visiting the college, students are required to submit a letter of attendance from the college to the front office to excuse the absence.

Please keep in mind that the best days to visit colleges are Open House or Preview days (typically held on Saturdays) because students and parents have the opportunity to see more campus facilities and have access to more faculty to inquire about specific program requirements, financial aid, admissions, scholarships, housing, etc. A list of these events for some local schools may be found below.

College and Career Spotlight

Every month we will feature a different college and a different career path on our bulletin board outside of the Counseling Office. Stop by and check out what's new!
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Morristown West High Counselors

Students are assigned by the first letter of their last name.

  • Jill Reuschel: Students A-E
  • Erica Gillett: Students F-L
  • Renae Byrd: Students M-R
  • Melanie Justis: Students S-Z
  • Aimee Howerton: Counseling Office Secretary
  • Emily Ray: Niswonger Care Counselor eray@niswongerfoundation.org
  • Office Contact Information:
  • Fax- 423-581-3229

Free Standardized Test Prep

The following websites have practice test questions, full-length practice tests, and/or testing taking tips for many different standardized tests, including ACT,SAT, PSAT, ASVAB, and Advanced Placement.

Work Ethic Diploma

The Work Ethic Diploma was first offered in the 2015-16 school year as part of a LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) grant. The standards that students are required to meet to earn the Work Ethic Diploma reflect the skills and characteristics that are needed for students to be college and career ready. More than 30 Lakeway region businesses and industries guarantee an interview to students who have earned the Work Ethic Diploma and who meet other job-related qualifications.

Seniors will apply in their TNN classes. Students who successfully complete the application process will earn cords to wear during the graduation ceremony. The deadline for meeting requirements and submitting completed applications is April 15, 2019. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards.

Class of 2019 Remind Messages

Don't miss out on important events and deadlines! Please sign up to receive updates from the West High Counseling Department! To receive messages via text, text @mowest2019 to the number 81010.

ACT Dates

Register on-line at www.act.org.


West High ACT Code 431-587 (Where your scores are sent)

West High Test Center Code 193810 (Where you take the test)


Upcoming Exam Dates


*October 27, 2018 - registration deadline is September 28 (October 14 for late registration)

*December 8, 2018 - registration deadline is November 2 (November 19 for late registration)

*February 9, 2019 - registration deadline is January 11 (January 18 for late registration)

*April 13, 2019 - registration deadline is March 8 (March 25 for late registration)

June 8, 2019 - registration deadline is May 3 (May 20 for late registration)

July 13, 2019 - registration deadline is June 14 (June 24 for late registration)


Please visit www.act.org for information about late registration and photo upload deadlines.

*The test will be administered at Morristown West High School

Students will not be admitted to the test center without an admission ticket.

SAT Dates

To register and to check for late registration information, visit collegeboard.org/sat/register.


October 6, 2018 - registration deadline September 7 (September 26 for late registration)

November 3, 2018 - registration deadline October 5 (October 24 for late registration)

December 1, 2018 - registration deadline November 2 (November 20 for late registration)

March 9, 2019 - registration deadline February 8 (February 27 for late registration)

May 4, 2019 - registration deadline April 5 (April 24 for late registration)

June 1, 2019 - registration deadline May 3 (May 22 for late registration)

Transcript Requests

Students who need their transcripts sent to colleges may see Mrs. Howerton in the Counseling Office to complete a transcript request form. Please allow at least two weeks to process transcript requests.

Tennessee Promise Scholarship

Tennessee Promise was created to provide scholarship money and mentoring for students from their senior year of high school through completion of their 2-year or certificate program. It is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning that it covers the remaining cost of tuition and mandatory fees after federal Pell grant, HOPE scholarship, and/or Tennessee grant monies have been applied. Students may use the TN Promise at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institutions offering an associate degree program. (Please note that TN Promise does not cover the full cost of tuition and fees at 4-year institutions which offer eligible associate degree programs.)

Counselors will be working with students during the school day to complete the TN Promise application, but students are more than welcome to complete the process on their own. To complete the on-line application for TN Promise, please visit http://tnpromise.gov/ See the Student Checklist below for the steps to follow to maintain eligibility for the program once the application is completed.

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