WBHS Counselor Connection

Information for WBHS students and parents - Sept. 23, 2022

In this issue:

Onsite Admissions Day - October 13th - Registration now open! (Seniors)

College Rep Visits to WBHS (Juniors and Seniors)

PSAT Registration - Test is Oct. 15th- Space is limited

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

Mrs. Essig's Scholarship Club (Seniors)

Midnight Golf - The deadline to apply is approaching! (Seniors)

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

FAFSA Opens October 1st (Seniors)

Virtual FAFSA Workshop - November 28

Black College Expo this weekend

Volunteer at the Detroit Zoo

Heisman HS Scholarship

Infinite Scholars Program

Fall Virtual College Fairs

HBCU Search Tool

QuestBridge Program

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of interest

Job Opportunity as a Law Clerk


  • Aveda Institute Cosmetology Scholarship - Natural Talent Cosmetology Scholarship -12th grade - March 1, 2023 at 5pm.
  • Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - Seniors - Due Sept 26th
  • CMU Centralis Scholarship - Seniors - 3.7+ Apply by Nov. 7th
  • DAR Scholarships - Various Scholarships - Due January 31, 2023
  • Digital Responsibility - Don't Text and Drive Scholarship -9th-12th grade - Due Sept. 30, 2022
  • Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Senior - Due November 14, 2022
  • EMU Presidential Scholarship- Seniors - 3.5 + - Due December 15th
  • 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
  • Jack Cooke Kent Scholarship - 3.5+ GPA, Financial Need Seniors- Opens August 25, 2022
  • JFK Library's Annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Due Jan. 13, 23
  • The Coca-Cola Scholars Program - Seniors, 3.0+ - Due October 31st
  • The Edward A. Bajoka Legal Scholarship for Immigrants - Seniors - Due December 31, 2022
  • Timothy Iberger Scholarship for Future Tech Innovators - Senior - Technology or Business-Due November 15, 22
  • UNCF Scholarships - Various Opportunities for underrepresented students

Seniors - Onsite Admissions Day Registration is now open!

Seniors - Join us for our annual WBHS Onsite Admissions Day! Sign up now for our event being held on October 13th.

Schools that are participating:

Bowling Green State University

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Grand Valley State University

Lawrence Tech University

Michigan Tech University

Oakland Community College

Oakland University

Saginaw Valley State University

Tennessee State University

Tuskegee University

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Michigan Dearborn

* Claflin University and Ferris State University are doing onsite options on different days.

Many schools require minimum GPAs in order to meet with them so please look carefully before registering. Also, we encourage you to read through the requirements carefully. Please do not register if you do not plan to follow through. Spaces are limited and we only want serious applicants attending as we want to be respectful of a college rep's time. Registration will close on October 4th or when a college is full.

Please click on the link below to learn more and to register: https://forms.gle/cyw1NbwzZkGh4BsJA

We are thrilled to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to our WBHS students!

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.

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

Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 am

University of Chicago

Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00 am

Kettering University

Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 am

University of Detroit Mercy

Tuesday, September 27 at 12:00 pm

University of Michigan Dearborn

Wednesday, September 28 at 11:45 am

Michigan Tech University

Thursday, September 29 at 9:00 am

Grand Valley State University

Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 am

Saginaw Valley State University

Thursday, September 29 at 1:00 pm

University of Notre Dame

Thursday, September 29 at 12:00 pm

Dartmouth College

Monday, October 3 at 10:00 am


Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00 am

Central Michigan University

Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 am

Western Michigan University

Monday, October 10 at 8:00 am

Northern Michigan University

Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00 am

Wayne State University

Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00 am

Binghamton University

Wednesday, October 12 at 8:45 a.m.

Claflin University (HBCU)

Thursday, October 13 at 8:00am – 12:00pm

WBHS Onsite Admissions Day

Friday, October 14 at 9:15 am

Florida A & M University (FAMU- HBCU)

Monday, October 17 at 8:40 am

University of Southern California

Monday, October 17 at 11:00 am

Loyola University

Monday, October 17 at 11:40 am

Villanova University

Monday, October 17 at 1:00 pm

Columbia College Chicago

Tuesday, October 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Miami University

Tuesday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Kalamazoo College

Wednesday, October 19 at 10:30 am

Hope College

Wednesday, October 19 at 11:30 am

Purdue University

Thursday, October 20 at 7:45 am

Ferris State University

Thursday, October 20 at 9:00 am

Michigan State University

Monday, October 24 at 8:15 am

University of Rochester

Monday, October 24 at 9:00 am

Meet the Professional: Cosmetologist Tesia Tillman

Wednesday, October 26 at 10:00 am

Lawrence Technological University

Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 am

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 pm

Lynn University

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

Aveda Cosmetology

Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Rochester University

Thursday, November 3 at 12:45

Duquesne University

Seniors - October is College Application Month - Check out fee waivers!

During the month of October, many Michigan colleges will waive

their application fees. Mrs. Essig will continually add codes to this list in Canvas. Please check back after October 1st.


Eastern Michigan University Code: MBS - All year

Lawrence Tech University Code: LTU1932 - All year

Wayne State University Code: WSU2023 - All year

Miami University (OH): Waived until November 1st

Oakland University: Always free, no code needed

Grand Valley State University: No code needed free all year


Central Michigan University: Code is FireUp2023 - Free all month

Michigan State University: Code is Spartan1855 - Valid October 1st to the 9th only

Northern Michigan University - FW23 - Free all month

Western Michigan University: No code yet - It will be free all month


If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, your counselor can help you get waivers for all colleges. Be sure your parent/guardian has filled out the Free & Reduced Lunch form with the Nutrition Office.

Juniors - PSAT Registration is open -Space is limited.



The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be offered in October by the Educational Testing Service. This 2-hour version of the SAT (4 hours with registration info) measures verbal, mathematical abilities and writing skills important in college work. WBHS students have had the opportunity in the spring to take the PSAT 10 and PSAT 9, which is an additional practice format. That opportunity will continue for sophomores and freshmen this coming spring. However, for juniors who wish to seek recognition and financial awards through the National Merit Program, this test is required. We can only accommodate 100 juniors, so please sign up as soon as possible before the spots are gone!

This PSAT functions as practice for the SAT, as a competition for scholarships, as a signal to colleges to send out recruitment information and has clear-cut feedback about skills needed for college success. Students will need to supply two sharpened #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are NOT recommended!) and a calculator. The following calculators are not permitted: cell phone calculator, pocket organizers, calculators with a QWERTY keypad, mini notebooks, calculators with paper tape, calculators that make noise or talk, calculators that require an external power source such as an electrical outlet.

The cost of the PSAT exam is $25.00. The registration form below - ALONG WITH FULL PAYMENT OF $25 – must be turned in from WEDNESDAY, SEPT 7 – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5 IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE. You may bring a check or money order (payable to West Bloomfield Schools) OR you may bring CASH in the exact amount. All payments should be made prior to Test Day, 10/15.

WHEN YOU DROP OFF THE DEPOSIT AND REGISTRATION FORM in the counseling office, you should pick up a copy of the PSAT Student Bulletin and Fact Sheet. These booklets will be available by Sept. 27(so you may need to return to get it!!!)

The test will be given at WBHS on Saturday, October 15,2022 at 8:00 am and will last approximately 4 hours. This test is only given once a year, there is no possibility of makeup.

If you qualify for any special accommodations, please contact your counselor as soon as possible for registration information!!!

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Brody or email her at karen.brody@wbsd.org.

Click here for the form to register: PSAT REGISTRATION FORM

Midnight Golf Program - Accepting applications now!

Last reminder......Midnight Golf is an incredible opportunity for students in the metro Detroit area. Watch the video below to learn more. https://midnightgolf.org/

Applications Close
September 26, 2022

Mandatory Open House
Monday, September 26

Tuesday, September 27th, Wednesday, 28th, and Thursday, 29th – You will schedule your interview at the Mandatory Open House, 9/26.

Class of 2022-23 Announced
September 30, 2022



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

FAFSA Walkthrough

Check out these virtual workshops offered by Uspire which will walk you through the FAFSA.

FAFSA Walkthrough

Get an overview of the FAFSA, the application required by all colleges nationwide in order to receive federal financial aid.

Mon, Oct 3 3 PM ET

Tue, Oct 25 12 PM ET

Wed, Nov 2 6 PM ET

Mon, Nov 7 4 PM ET

Wed, Dec 7 5 PM ET

Register for FAFSA Walkthrough

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 3rd meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept 28th at 2:30 p.m. in the iCenter.

All seniors are welcome! Join us!

Heisman High School Scholarship

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Black College Expo

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Cannabis and Other Substances

Volunteer at the Detroit Zoo

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Michigan Rehab Services Prep for the Future

Programs for students with IEPs or 504s
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Infinite Scholars Program

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Fall Virtual College Fairs

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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

Questbridge Applications Due September 28th


QuestBridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps outstanding students from low-income backgrounds dream big and realize that a top college is possible. Start your path to college with QuestBridge!

📢 The 2022 National College Match application for high school seniors is now open! The deadline to apply is September 27, 2022.

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. Watch our video to learn more:

Why apply through QuestBridge? The National College Match application gives you extra space to tell your unique story as a student who has excelled academically despite financial hardship. Our college partners are actively seeking students like you. If admitted to a college partner through the Match or QuestBridge Regular Decision, you will join a supportive community of thousands of other QuestBridge Scholars currently attending our college partners.

Attend a Top College for Free

The Match Scholarship

Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000. Our college partners use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. Please view each college partner's Financial Aid section for further details and see a glossary of financial aid terms.

The Match Scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the cost of attendance, including:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Travel expenses

All Match Scholarship packages:

  • Have NO parental contribution
  • Have NO student loans
  • May contain a student contribution in the form of Federal work-study, summer work, or student savings

Admission through the National College Match

Last year, over 1,400 Finalists were matched (admitted early with a Match Scholarship). Finalists who do not match can apply through QuestBridge Regular Decision to be considered for admission and generous financial aid. Approximately 2,000 Finalists were admitted through QuestBridge Regular Decision last year.

To date, over 30,000 Finalists have been admitted to a college partner through QuestBridge, including over 8,500 who were admitted with full four-year scholarships. Finalists who attend our college partners are supported in their college years and beyond through on-campus chapters and nationwide opportunities offered through the QuestBridge Scholars Network and QuestBridge Alumni Association.

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks to read

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!

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