WBHS Counselor Connection

Information for WBHS students and parents - Oct. 19, 22

In this issue:

Onsite Admissions Day Success

Meet the Professional: Cosmetology -Tesia Tillman - Salon Owner (10th-12 grade)

National Principal's Month - Take a moment to say thank you

Mrs. Essig's Scholarship Club (Seniors)

Fee Waivers for College Applications and SAT/ACT Tests (Seniors)

College Rep Visits to WBHS (Juniors and Seniors)

Michigan Achievement Scholarship

Perry Initiative Opportunity for 10th-12th gr. women Medicine &

Seniors applying to U Penn - See Mrs. Essig

Villanova Scholarship Opportunity

Aardvark Israel Gap Year Program

FAFSA Help Document from Mrs. Essig

FAFSA Virtual Workshops

Scholarship Club (seniors)

Society of Women Engineers Shadow Day at U of M Ann Arbor

Fall Virtual College Fairs

Toyology is hiring

Law Firm hiring

HBCU Search Tool

CMU Centralis Full Ride Scholarship Competition

WMU Aviation Virtual Session

UNCF Early Talent Application

HBCU College Tour

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of interest


  • Aveda Institute Cosmetology Scholarship - Natural Talent Cosmetology Scholarship -12th grade - March 1, 2023 at 5pm
  • CMU Centralis Scholarship - Seniors - 3.7+ Apply by Nov. 7th
  • DAR Scholarships - Various Scholarships - Due January 31, 2023
  • Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Senior - Due November 14, 2022
  • EMU Presidential Scholarship- Seniors - 3.5 + - Due December 15th
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan Scholarships - Various Dates
  • GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship - 3.0 GPA Seniors - Due Jan 5th 3 p.m. CST
  • Gold Door Scholars - Undocumented Student Scholarship - Due Oct. 23-2022
  • Heisman High School Scholarship - Senior Athletes - Due Oct. 18, 22
  • ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB OF LIVONIA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - Class of 2023 - Italian Ancestry, 3.0 GPA Due October 31, 2022
  • Jackie Robinson Scholarship for minority seniors with need - Due Jan. 11th
  • JFK Library's Annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Due Jan. 13, 23
  • MEA Scholarship - Seniors - Due Feb. 16th
  • Northeastern Univ.Torch Scholars Program - Seniors, First Gen, Low income - Due Jan. 1st
  • Ron Brown Scholarship - Seniors - Due TBD (Usually Early January)
  • The Coca-Cola Scholars Program - Seniors, 3.0+ - Due October 31st
  • The Edward A. Bajoka Legal Scholarship for Immigrants - Seniors - Due Dec 31, 2022
  • Timothy Iberger for Future Tech Innovators - Senior -Tech or Business-Due Nov 15
  • US Junior Chamber International Senate Foundation Scholarships- Seniors -Due Jan. 13th
  • Young Scholars Program-American College of Cardiology - Juniors/Seniors - Dec 1, 2022
  • Onsite Admissions Day Success!

    Our 9th Annual Onsite Admissions Day on October 13th was a huge success! We had 157 seniors participate in this opportunity to have their applications reviewed and receive an admissions decision. 14 colleges participated in this amazing day! Colleges that participated were:

    Bowling Green State University....................Central Michigan University

    Claflin University (HBCU)............................. Eastern Michigan University

    Grand Valley State University........................Lawrence Technological University

    Michigan Technological University.............. Oakland Community College

    Oakland University ........................................Saginaw Valley State University

    Tennessee State University (HBCU) ............Tuskegee University (HBCU)

    University of Detroit Mercy ...........................University of Michigan Dearborn

    We are grateful to our amazing WBHS Counseling Department for their collaborative effort to make this day a huge success. You can find more pictures by clicking here:


    Check out a few of our students pictures!

    To see more pictures of our students please visit our Twitter feed at #LakersGoToCollege

    Meet the Professional - Cosmetology - Tesia Tillman

    Are you interested in the cosmetology industry? Would you like to learn more about owning your own salon?

    Join us for an amazing opportunity to speak with Tesia Tillman, owner of Xpressions Of You Hair Studio on Monday October 24th at 9:00 a.m in the College and Career Center. Ask questions and gain insider pointers in regard to the hair/makeup industry.

    Click here to register: https://forms.gle/Fmzs4RcmTmWRn2bf8

    Pre-registration is required for all events. Registration will close 24 hours prior to the event. Event dates and times are subject to change. No students will be allowed to register after registration is full or closed.

    We love our principals!

    Did you know that October is National School Principal's month? Here at WBHS we are so fortunate to have an amazing administrative team. Will you please take a moment to write an email to our administrators to thank them for their many hours of dedication to our school? We want them to feel the love from our WBHS community! Thank you in advance for taking the time to let them know how much you appreciate them! We sure do!

    Administrative Staff

    Mr. Eric Pace, Principal


    Susie Aisner, Assistant Principal


    Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal


    Dr. Stephanie Clark, Assistant Principal


    Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


    Seniors - Don't miss out on College Application Fee Waivers for October!

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    Seniors - FAFSA Information - MUST READ DOCUMENT!

    Mrs. Essig gathered all of the information you need to know when filling out the FAFSA. Please make the time to reach this document!

    Virtual College Financial Aid Night

    Students and families looking for help paying for college are encouraged to register for a Virtual College Financial Aid Night provided by the MI Student Aid team! For more information or to register for a session, please visit https://bit.ly/3TFrMlB
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    8th Annual Black Friday Boot Camp

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    Perry Initiative for 10th-12th grade women interested in medicine and engineering

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    Seniors Applying to U Penn

    Mrs. Essig was made aware of a possible glitch with the UPenn supplemental submissions in Common App. If you are applying to the University of Penn, please see her and she will share what she learned! Thanks!

    Seniors Applying to Villanova

    Seniors - If you are applying to Villanova, please let Mrs. Essig know by November 1st. We are able to nominate up to 6 students for their Presidential Scholarship. (If we have more than 6 students interested, we will form a committee to review the applicants.)

    More details can be found here: https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/provost/crf/presscholar/pres_scholar_app_process.html

    College Representative Visits - Juniors and Seniors!

    Every fall WBHS hosts college representatives in our building. We invite juniors and seniors to learn more about a variety of colleges and establish relationships with the college rep.

    Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Please bookmark this page and check frequently for updates.

    Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Remember that many times the rep hosting these meetings is also the rep reading your college application. This is a great opportunity to ask questions!

    WB College Rep Visit Sign-Up

    Thursday, October 20 at 7:45 amFerris State UniversityMIOption for Onsite Admissions

    Thursday, October 20 at 9:00 amMichigan State UniversityMI

    Monday, October 24 at 8:15 amUniversity of RochesterNY

    Monday, October 24 at 9:00 amMeet the Professional: Cosmetologist Tesia Tillman

    Wednesday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m.Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at Long Island University in BrooklynNY

    Wednesday, October 26 at 10:00 amLawrence Technological UniversityMI

    Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 amRose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyIN

    Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 pmLynn UniversityFL

    Wednesday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m.Aveda CosmetologyMI

    Thursday, November 3 at 12:45Duquesne UniversityPA

    Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m.Gap Year Program
    with Aardvark Israe
    l Info Session

    Learn more about a Gap Year Program with Aardvark Israel

    Join us to learn more about a Gap Year program with Aardvark Israel. They are fully accredited by Portland State University. Participants can earn up to 30 college credits, while also interning/volunteering in a field of their choice, tour around Israel and learn valuable life skills. They run programs for Jewish students aged 17-21 from all over the world. To learn more visit their website: https://aardvarkisrael.com/

    Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m.

    Gap Year Program
    with Aardvark Israe
    l Info Session

    Class of 2023 - FAFSA opens Oct 1st - FAFSA Workshop

    Seniors and their families will be able to start filling out the FAFSA after October 1st. We are thrilled to partner with the staff at Oakland University to offer a FREE FAFSA Workshop. These workshops are open to all seniors and their families who feel they need assistance filling out the FAFSA. This Virtual FAFSA Workshop is for current seniors attending college in the fall of 2023.

    Below you'll find the link to provide students and parents the opportunity to register for our FAFSA Workshop through Zoom. Through that link, you will be able to reserve your spot and receive the link to join, access the FSA ID instructions and the FAFSA Checklist, as well as receive an email reminder to attend before the event.

    Virtual FAFSA Workshop will be held on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. This is for families needing help with their FAFSA.


    Other important things to note:

    • Attendees can register up to the start of the workshop allowing for greater accessibility

    • There is no limit of families permitted per workshop session

    • If families are unable to join the workshop on the date/time you selected, they can always access OU sponsored workshops open to anyone regardless of college choice on the Financial Aid Events website

    Society of Women Engineers at U of M Ann Arbor Shadow Day - Register fast!


    On November 18, 2022, SWE will be hosting an event called Shadow Day, in which 50 high school girls will have the opportunity to shadow a SWE student for a day to learn what it is like to be a Michigan engineer. I am reaching out to you to see if you know any junior or senior girls who are interested in engineering or STEM-related fields. The cost of Shadow Day is $10, and lunch will be provided. Registration will open this Thursday, October 20th at 12:00pm EST on our website here, and it is first-come, first-served. Please share these details with any interested students, and contact me with any questions. For more information, please visit our website. I have also attached a flyer containing these details that you can print and distribute. Thanks for your help!


    Stacey Zeng

    SWE High School Outreach Officer

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    Financial Aid Help with CMU Financial Aid Officers - Free!

    Financial Aid Nights in Troy & Southfield

    Our office will be hosting two financial aid nights in November where Vice President Dehaemers will be providing students and supporters with information on how to file their FASFA. We will also be providing more information on scholarships and financial aid resources. Please feel free to share the registration links below with students!

    Financial Aid Night in Troy - Thursday, November 3rd @ 6:30 pm

    900 Tower Drive Suite 100

    Troy, MI 48098

    United States

    Register HERE

    Financial Aid Night in Southfield - Thursday, November 10th @ 6:30 pm

    26555 Evergreen Rd

    Southfield, MI 48076

    United States

    Register HERE

    Scholarship Club for seniors!

    Are you in need of money to assist you with paying for college? Do you need scholarships but aren't sure where to start? Every year we get seniors coming to us in tears in April because they cannot afford the college they wish to attend. Don't let this be you! Apply for scholarships all throughout the school year!

    Mrs. Noelle Essig, College and Career Counselor, regularly uses her expertise to provide a personalized college search experience for WBHS students. This fall, she is also using her expertise to help interested students find ways to help pay for their education. Join Mrs. Essig as she launches "Mrs. Essig's Scholarship Club,” providing time each week for students to research and work on scholarship applications. Mrs. Essig will also conduct mock interviews for students who get selected for scholarship interviews.

    Our next meetings will take place on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:30 p.m. in the iCenter. All seniors are welcome!

    Michigan Achievement Scholarship - NEW!

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    CMU Centralis Scholarship Competition - Full Ride!

    Centralis Application

    Our Centralis Scholarship application is now open! Students are able to access the application through their CMU portal (fireup.cmich.edu/apply) once they have applied to the university. This is different than last year, students DO NOT need to be admitted to apply for Centralis.

    If students apply through the CommonApp they will receive further instructions on how to access their CMU portal. Students with a minimum of a 3.7 GPA or higher are encouraged to apply, test scores are not required for the Centralis Scholarships.

    The submission deadline for the Centralis application will be November 1st with no plans to extend it past that day. A select number of students will be invited to come to campus for the competitive written portion of the competition in early December, more information will be provided to selected students. All participants will be notified of their results on February 1st, 2023.

    Western Michigan University - College of Aviation

    Join us for a Western Wednesday virtual session!

    College of Aviation

    Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. ET Register for this and other sessions at http://wmich.edu/admissions/westernwednesday….

    UNCF Early Talent Career Talent Development Application

    Don't forget to join us next month - Wednesday, November 9th @ 6:00 PM ET.

    UNCF Community Webinar - November

    Click Here to RSVP and Share

    UNCF Spotlight

    Michigan Rehab Services Prep for the Future

    Programs for students with IEPs or 504s
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    Fall Virtual College Fairs

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    Future Leaders HBCU College Tour

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    Coca-Cola Scholarship

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    The importance of a college visit

    You would never purchase a house, without seeing it first. Make time to fit in a few on campus tours to help you determine the factors that are important to you. Many campus tours fill up quickly so be sure to map out your plan early. You can find tour schedules and sign-ups on each college’s website. You’ll often find this info on the admissions site under the heading of “Visit.” To get there most directly, you could search for “Name of College + Visit.”

    Top Reasons to Visit Colleges

    1. You won’t really know how you feel about a place until you’ve been there. A college catalog, view book, or website can only show you so much.
    2. The college information sessions and the campus tours will give you a much better idea of what the college is like and if you would be happy there.
    3. A small investment in time now can save significant time, money, and hassles during the college application period.
    4. You’ll get a sense of the college’s vibrancy, character, and facilities. Visits will provide you with a more complete picture.
    5. College tours allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students and understand the college on a deeper level.
    6. How you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your college search and application process takes. College visits help you to refine your search.
    7. Applying to college is a complex process and visits to campuses will serve you best if you use them as a research tool, rather than a final decision-making aid.
    8. Time, energy and money are finite resources and you want to use them wisely throughout the application process. First-hand knowledge will help you to clarify your vision and narrow your list.
    9. Most colleges love students who are sincerely interested and visiting colleges is one way to show this.
    10. You want to be able to relax and make a fully informed choice once you have been accepted. If you’ve already visited those schools at least once, that’s just what you will be able to do.

    (List from the CS College Tours Website)

    HBCU Search Tool

    Interested in an HBCU but not sure where to look? Check out this search tool that allows you to search by major. http://thehundred-seven.org/matchme.php

    Mrs. Essig's Top Picks to read

    Toyology Is Hiring!

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    Job Opportunity at a Law Firm

    Our small law firm looking for a student that would like the opportunity to work part-time as a copy/file clerk. Please email Sabrina A. Quail, Paralegal at Ronald B. Rich & Associates at saq@letuscollect.com.

    30665 Northwestern Highway, Suite 280, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

    Telephone: (248) 851-4411 ext. 222

    College Application and ACT/SAT Test Fee Waivers

    Seniors - College application fee waivers are available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Your family needs to apply each year for free and reduced lunch. Please fill out the free and reduced lunch form by clicking here: http://westbloomfield.familyportal.cloud

    10th and 11th grade: If you qualify for free and reduced lunch, you can receive a code to waive your fees for the ACT and/or SAT. Please apply for free and reduced lunch first and confirm that you qualify then see your counselor


    Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information in the College and Career Center Canvas page. Please follow the Canvas page for the most up-to-date opportunities!

    How do I find scholarships?

    1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

    2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit-based scholarships and deadlines.

    3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

    4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

    5. Check the College and Career Center Canvas pages frequently.

    6. Read the Counselor Connection

    7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of emails. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

    8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

    9. College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

    10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

    11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!

    Students should keep a close eye on scholarships that Mrs. Essig posts in the College and Career Center Canvas page.

    It is important to do your research and created a balanced list of colleges. If you are applying to several reach schools, it is critical that your list includes likely and target schools. Please also keep in mind that your safety school might be your friend's reach school. Please be cautious of your words. Stay open-minded and chase merit scholarships at schools where your GPA is above their average.
    Your Balanced College List
    College Search Process Boot Camp 2022
    Every college provides data via the Common Data Set about their previous year's admitted students. This is a great way to understand your chances of admission along with helping you determine whether to send your SAT/ACT scores to a college that is test optional. Simply Google the name of the college + Common Data Set to find this information. Look in Section C. This data quickly helps students understand their chances of admission.

    To get an estimate of your cost of attendance at a college or university, Google the name of the college with the term "Net Price Calculator." Each college has an estimator. This doesn't guarantee your cost of attendance but can be a useful tool.

    District Calendar

    Scroll down to the right side to click on the district calendar.

    College and Career Center in Canvas for 11th and 12th Grade Students

    If you are in 11th and 12th grade, be sure to "accept" the invitation to join the Virtual College and Career Center! Mrs. Essig has created a fantastic resource for you! After you have reviewed the information, you are welcome to set up an appointment with her if you have questions. We kindly ask that juniors wait until after November 1st to make an appointment as seniors are our priority with November 1st college application deadlines. Check Canvas for more details and announcements.

    Parents - You can view the information by being an "observer" of your student in Canvas.

    Below are some helpful links for Canvas.

    Important Contacts

    WBHS Counseling Department

    Class of 2024, 2025, 2026- 9th thru 11th Grade

    Kyle Landon (sub for Kelly Casinelli on Maternity Leave) Students with last names A-Ch
    Joanne Wegrzynowicz - Students with last names Ci-Gra
    Karen Brody - Students with last names Grb-Kl
    Kason Dickerson - Students with last names Km-M
    Lisa Thompkins - Students with last names N-Sh
    John Hepper - Students with last names Si-Z

    Class of 2023 - 12th Grade

    Kyle Landon (sub for Kelly Casinelli on Maternity Leave) Students with last names A-Cu
    Joanne Wegrzynowicz - Students with last names Cv-Ha
    Karen Brody - Students with last names Hb-Lo
    Kason Dickerson - Students with last names Lp-Po
    Lisa Thompkins - Students with last names Pr-Te
    John Hepper - Students with last names Tf-Z

    Kelly Casinelli/ Kyle Landon



    Joanne Wegrzynowicz


    Karen Brody


    Kason Dickerson


    Lisa Thompkins


    John Hepper


    College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


    Administrative Staff

    Mr. Eric Pace, Principal


    Susie Aisner, Assistant Principal


    Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal


    Dr. Stephanie Clark, Assistant Principal


    Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director




    Text - 652729


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    1-800-273-TALK (8255)


    Text - HELLO to 741741