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I am so proud of each and every student in the class of 2020.

100% of AHS seniors completed at least one college application.

Many of you completed multiple applications.

Each one of you met the challenge with a great attitude!

Here are your statistics so far:

Number of students who have applied: 100% OF THE SENIOR CLASS

Number of schools applied: 400 and rising

Now that you have applied, there are a few more things to consider. Make sure that you have completed the following steps:

  • Completed application (recommendations and essays if required)
  • Paid application fee or completed a fee waiver (if not covered during CAW)
  • Official transcript requested via
  • ACT/SAT scores sent directly from test center (unless applying to a community college)

It is vital that you complete all steps required for each college, university or technical college's application in order for it to be processed. You can always login to the account you created when you applied to check to see that you have completed all requirements.

Come see me if you have any questions and I will be happy to help!

It's FAFSA time!

After completing your application to college, the next step is completing the FAFSA. Even if you aren't sure whether you will qualify, there is no harm in trying. What would be unfortunate is if you did not fill out the FAFSA and there is FREE money that is sitting out there to assist you in paying for school.

What is the FAFSA?

You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA. You must submit the FAFSA every year that you want aid.

The FAFSA is available in several formats, including online, PDF and paper versions. The best option is to complete the web-based version of the FAFSA at, known as FAFSA on the Web.

What are the changes to the FAFSA?

  • The website has been redesigned so that the site pages will fit the screen size and shape of any device, including desktop or laptop computers and mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.
  • The online FAFSA form will provide faster feedback. For example, students will receive error notifications as they complete the form's fields.
  • The income threshold for an automatic-zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) has been increased from $25,000 to $26,000 for the 2019–20 award year.
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Check out the US Dept of Education's College Scoreboard

Compare size, degree, location, cost and much more!

Interested in going to Calhoun? Don't miss their Parent Night.

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Senior Ads

Senior ads are now available for purchase. All orders for senior ads should be made online at Full page ads are $195, half page ads are $125, and quarter page ads are $75. Specifics for design, number of pictures, and words are on the website. Please contact Ms. L. Carter in room A1164 ( for any questions.


Balfour Orders- TAKE 2

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 11:15am-12:15pm

Athens High School Guidance

Balfour reps will be back again to take orders during lunchtime. If you were not here for the informational meeting, come see Mrs. Smith. After this order, the cost of the cap, gown, tassel, diploma & cover will increase.


Fall Preview Days are a great way to see many facets of a college or university. Go to a school's website to sign up online to participate in their preview day. If you cannot make the preview day, then sign up online for a tour of campus. If the preview day or campus visit takes place on a weekday, make sure to fill out a College Visit form in advance so that absence does not affect your attendance. College Visit forms can be picked up in the attendance office.


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Need a Recommendation?

Many of you will need recommendations over your senior year, whether it is for a job, school application or scholarship. Here are some things to consider when asking for a recommendation...

  1. Look at the recommendation criteria. It will be specific in who the recommendation can come from.
  2. Don't assume they will write one for you- ask.
  3. Choose someone with whom you've had a positive relationship.
  4. Provide them with a resume, what or who the recommendation is for, and when you need it completed.
  5. Let them know if it is to be returned to you or if they are to mail it. If they are to mail it, please provide them with a stamped, addressed envelope.
  6. Don't rush in the day before the deadline. Give them ample time to write the recommendation. A month before the deadline is preferable. The more time allow, the more thoughtful your recommendation will be.
Student Brag Form

If you would like for me to complete a letter of recommendation form, please take a moment to fill out the Student Brag Form linked here. It allows me the opportunity to know more about you and craft the best letter possible.

Parent Brag Form

Parents & Guardians- this is your opportunity to brag of your babies! Fill out the Parent Brag Form to help me know what makes your children special!

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The benefits of registering

Need a Transcript?

Athens High School has now partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcripts securely. You should have received an email with a link and code to create an account. You can create an account with or without the code, but registering with the code is much quicker and easier.

You will be able to order a transcript and track the process of your order all online!

Some things you should know:

  • For current students, the first 3 orders are free
  • After the first three orders, there will be a fee of $5 for each transcript ordered
  • Your FINAL transcript upon graduation will be free if ordered by June 30th of your graduation year
  • Paper Transcript Requests for current and former students will no longer be accepted

The link to order a transcript is available on the school's main webpage as well as under the Guidance Page> Senior Resources


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All scholarships and special opportunities will be listed here in chronological order. This section will continue to grow throughout the year. Keep an eye out as new information is listed. If you see a scholarship that you are interested in and need an application, those are available in the scholarship box in the Guidance Office.


  • Students who are members of FBLA are eligible to apply for the FBLA-PBL Foundation Scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded per district. Applicant must attend the state FBLA conference. Applications available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is December 15, 2019.

  • Each year, Huggable awards $1,000 in scholarships to high-achieving high school students who are supported by single mothers.More about The Huggable Supermom Scholarship is available at Deadline is December 31, 2019.

  • The 2020 P.O.E. Alabama Chapter Z Scholarship for women is available to female seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA and be active in extra-curricular, community service or employment. Applicants must be entering an accredited school in fall 2020. The application is available at Deadline is December 31, 2019.

  • The National Wild Turkey Federation's Dr. James Earl Kennamer Scholarship Program is available to seniors with a GPA of a 3.0 or higher and be active in community and school activities. The applicant must also hold a current NWTF membership and participate in hunting sports and hold a hunting license. Award amounts can range from $250 to $10,000. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is January 1, 2020.

  • The Smith Scholarship Foundation provides assistance to high school seniors who have "given back" to their community through volunteer activities or care of family while overcoming financial and personal challenges. SSF provide up to $15,000 a year in financial assistance plus opportunities for study abroad, professional training through its Internship Program. Visit their website for an application and additional information at Deadline is January 10. 2020.

  • The National Co Op Scholarship Program is for students interested in attending one of these 10 schools: Clarkson U, Drexel U, Johnson & Wales U, Merrimack U, Rochester IT, State U of NY Oswego, U of Cincinnati,, U of Toledo, Wentworth IT. You must have a 3.5 GPA and apply to one of the schools above. Awards range from $6,000 to $30,000 over 4 years. Applications available at Deadlines range from November 1, 2019- February 15, 2020.

  • Mediacom Communications is offering 55 $1,000 non-renewable scholarships through its World Class Scholarship Program. For more information and to apply, visit Deadline is February 15, 2019.

  • UNA National Army ROTC Scholarship is available to seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have a minimum 22 on the ACT and be active in school, church, scouting or civic organizations. Benefits include tuition and fees, a book stipend and monthly stipend. Go to to apply. You must list a minimum of three schools. There are three cycle deadlines in October 2019, January 2020 and March 2020.

  • The Athena League recognizes the importance of academic achievement, need, extracurricular activities and community involvement, thus establishing the Athena League Trent-Crutcher Scholarship. The award is a one-time $1,500 scholarship. Senior girls planning on starting college in the fall of 2020 are eligible (except daughters of Athena League members past and present). Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is March 20, 2020.

  • The Athens Rotary Club Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $4,000 to one deserving senior. Students must reside in Athens or Limestone County. Selection will be made based upon merit, character, community service, leadership qualities and the potential for future professional growth. Attention will also be given to financial need. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline is March 31, 2020.

  • The Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship will award $750 in scholarships to high-achieving, high school students who have been affected in some way by the increasing prevalence of mental health challenges. To apply, visit Deadline is April 1, 2020.

  • The City Property Management HOA Service Scholarship is available to seniors nationwide and will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Students must have a 3.0GPA and be pursueing an education that will lead into real estate. Go to to apply. Deadline is July 31, 2020.
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Opportunities for All Grade Levels

  • Interested in tutoring for the Learn to Read Council after school? Contact Shelia Alsup at 256-274-2366.

  • The Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce offers a Job Shadow Program for Students in the 11th and 12th grades. The Job Shadow Program is a great opportunity for students to pursue career paths. Students are placed for one day in an area of interest to them. Job Shadow Placements are done the last two weeks of February. Students will be notified by letter in January detailing the name of the business and date of placement. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is December 20, 2019.

  • Students grades 9-12 can enter the John F. Kennedy 2020 Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Prizes range from $10,000- $100 and an all-expense paid trip to Boston to receive a recognition. To enter, visit Deadline is January 17, 2020.

  • The Nucor Technical Academy is a 3-year schooling and training program hosted by Nucor Tuscaloosa. Selected candidates o;; attend classes at Shelton State and work at the mill for a combination of 40 hours a week. After the 3 year program, candidate will have earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Technology. Must be 18 years old by August 2020, have a GPA of 2.75 or above, positive attitude and a good work ethic. Program covers cost of tuition, books and fees, provides housing and pays hourly for both work and classroom hours. Apply online at and search for the title "NSD Technical Academy".

Mrs. Laura Lou Smith

Junior & Senior Counselor

Athens High School