High School Newsletter

Thursday, October 22, 2020

ALL STUDENTS

  • Copies are now FREE in the MC!!
  • The OCS Fall Carnival is this SATURDAY from 5:00-8:00pm! There will be food trucks, games, prizes, the Saints Spirit store, pumpkin painting, live music, and "touch-a-truck" for elementary age kids and younger! A $5 entry fee will include all games. Proceeds will go to our HEROES week recipient, Lilyfield. The mission of Lilyfield is to build healthy children/families in need right here in Oklahoma.
  • We are having a 70's Dress-Up Day on MONDAY in honor of OCS' 50th birthday (founded in 1970)! Dress up in your best 1970's garb!!
  • The next ACT Prep class begins Monday, Nov. 30th. 4 nights of prep for $100. If interested, please see Coach Weaver or email him at bweaver@ocssaints.org.

FRESHMEN

  • Girls' Bible Study every TUESDAY @ lunch in Mrs. Moseley's Rm. 305.

SENIORS

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. Students should fill out the 2021-2022 FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize their scholarship and financial aid potential. You can access the FAFSA here.
  • Be sure to check the "SCHOLARSHIPS" section of the HS Daily Newsletter regularly for scholarships. You can't win if you don't apply!

COLLEGE UPDATES

OFF-CAMPUS COLLEGE VISITS FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS

For an off-campus college visit to be "excused" on a school day, you MUST have the College Visit Permission Form signed by a college representative and return the form to Mrs. Todd in the HS Office upon your return. Here is a link to the form.


UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS

  • Holy Cross College: FRIDAY @ lunch in HS Media Center - VIRTUAL
  • Washington & Jefferson: FRIDAY @ lunch in HS Conf Room - VIRTUAL
  • Drake University: 10/26 @ lunch in the HS Conf Room - VIRTUAL
  • Houston Baptist University: 10/26@ lunch in the HS Media Center - VIRTUAL
  • Austin College: 10/27 @ lunch in the HS Conf Room - VIRTUAL
  • University of Nebraska: 10/27 @ lunch in the HS Media Center - VIRTUAL
  • Air Force Academy: 10/28 @ lunch in the HS Conf Room - VIRTUAL
  • University of Denver: 10/28 @ lunch in the HS Media Center - VIRTUAL


APPLY TO CHRISTIAN COLLEGES FOR FREE

Students can now complete ONE application to apply to over 60 Christian colleges!

Save both time and money by taking advantage of this great resource to apply to Christian colleges. By completing ONE application, students can apply to 3 Christian colleges for FREE!! Click HERE for more info!


MY MAJORS QUIZ

OSU offers a MY MAJORS QUIZ which helps students identify college majors that fit their personality, goals, and skill sets. This quiz can be utilized by any student, whether or not they are interested in OSU!


UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

JUNIORS: Register here for the TU Up Close Program on Friday, October 23, 2020!I We are so excited to show you what makes TU unique and a good fit! This virtual visit day can be used as a "college visit". See Mrs. Sage to have this visit approved.

SENIORS: The University of Tulsa is waiving it's application fee if you apply by Nov. 1. Students can either use the Tulsa You application or the Common App. If using Common App, there is a school-specific fee waiver choice of "Applying by November 1" that students will find in the TU questions. There is also a choice of "Admission Office Fee Waiver" that they can use. Either one will allow you to submit the Common App without having to pay a fee. Our admissions rep is also offering Zoom virtual interviews for students. These are informal, last 20-25 minutes and are an opportunity for our rep to get to know the you and for you to ask questions. Students can sign up before or after applying for admission.


OU TESTING UPDATE

OU is pleased to announce that they will be a test-optional institution for students applying to start at OU in spring or fall 2021 through fall 2025. At the time of application, students will share their plans regarding the submission of ACT or SAT scores as part of their application. All students' applications will be evaluated in a holistic manner. OU considers four parts to a student’s application: academic rigor and performance; engagement: essay; and letters of recommendation. If a student applies test-optional, the high school transcript will be the primary criteria for determining academic preparedness for OU.


OSU SPEARS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Learn more about the 10 Spears Business majors this semester. Join via ZOOM for classroom takeovers, faculty spotlights, company testimonials and information sessions, where you'll learn about all the amazing opportunities and resources awaiting you at Spears Business.

Zoom Major Exploration Sessions | 4 - 5 p.m. CST

  • Thu., Nov. 5: Accounting
  • Tue., Nov. 17: Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Tue., Dec. 1: Marketing
  • Thu., Dec. 10: Management

JOIN ZOOM MEETING

Meeting ID: 934 7116 3206


TESTING NEWS
Information on Mr. Bowlware's December ACT Test Prep can be found here. Click for dates/times and sign up instructions.

MILITARY INFORMATION

Founded in 1916, ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It's a college program offered at over 1,700 colleges and universities across the US that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the Military after graduation. As detailed below, each Service branch has its own take on ROTC.

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

YOUTH LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA

  • Applicants must be high school juniors.
  • Applicants must live in Oklahoma.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Applications for the 2021 YLO class are currently on hold due to Covid-19. Information on the program can be found here, along with a link to sign up for information once the program is reinstated.


VFW VOICE OF DEMOCRACY ESSAY CONTEST

Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. This year's essay topic is "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" OCS has had an essay winner for the past 3 years - lets keep the streak alive! More information can be found on the website and the official application can be found here. Applications due to Mrs. Sage by Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 3 p.m.


PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship, and an invitation to the program's national recognition events! The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Find more information and the application here. Deadline: Nov. 10, 2020


UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

The 59th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is held in Washington, D.C. Two student leaders from each state spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Delegates hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each delegate is awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies. Information about the national program can be found at ussenateyouth.org. Also, access the national brochure. The Oklahoma application can be found here. Deadline: Nov. 20, 2020


NATIONAL SOCIETY OF COLONIAL DAMES IN AMERICA ESSAY CONTEST

Open to Sophmores - Seniors. The essay topic along with details and application forms can be found here. The workshop will take place June 19-25, 2021. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020


HUGH O'BRIEN YOUTH LEADERSHIP FOR SOPHOMORES

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, or HOBY, is a 4-day leadership experience for high school sophomores. The seminar is based on three leadership perspectives: Personal, Group and Societal. Students in attendance, or Ambassadors as we call them, explore these levels of leadership by participating in various hands-on activities, engaging with local community leaders, and connecting with a diverse network of peer leaders from across the state. Overall, HOBY aims to equip students with the resources to better understand their leadership skills and how to then put those skills into action. More information can be found here on the HOBY website. See Mrs. Sage for more information or to register.

Seminar Dates: June 3 - 6

Seminar Location: University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)

Early Registration Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020

Early Registration Fee: $350 (partially paid by OCS)


JOHN F KENNEDY PROFILE IN COURAGE ESSAY CONTEST

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each. Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mention. Find more information and the application here. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021


THE PERRY INITIATIVE

Women in high school who have an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are now invited to register for the Perry Virtual Experience! This is a FREE 2.5-hour interactive online experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found on the website at https://perryinitiative.org/pve/.

Dates and details for each session can be found at https://perryinitiative.org/calendar/

SCHOLARSHIPS

HERE IS A LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS FROM Scholarships.com with October, 2020 deadlines. Please browse this list for possible matches:


Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarships

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is home to more than 120 scholarship funds established by individuals, organizations and companies. These funds share the common goal of helping to make a difference in the lives of others. Students must complete a general online application for scholarships. After you complete and submit your General Application, click on “View Opportunities” to review the recommended scholarships that match up with the information included in your submitted General Application. This does not mean that you are qualified to apply for every scholarship listed as a recommended scholarship. You will note that each recommended scholarship listed has at least one additional question. Before you apply for a specific scholarship, please review the qualifications and any restrictions to ensure that you qualify. You will need to complete the additional questions for each scholarship that you apply for. Additional Information and Application: OKCCF Scholarships

Check site for monthly deadlines- Application for Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholars Award opens Oct. 1st!


Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs

The scholarship programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.

View the application here.

Deadline: Oct. 25, 2020


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program

This undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

To apply: Jack Kent Cook College Scholarship Program

Deadline: Oct. 30, 2020


Lawn Maintenance Master Scholarship
Award: $500- $10,000. Lawn Maintenance Master is a family owned business which operates in Winter Park and Orlando Florida. We believe that anyone can achieve their dreams if the given the chance. We know how important and education is for society as this is where new inventions and business owners are developed. Write an essay on "Why lawn maintenance is important to society and property value" and share your thoughts on the process through experience or research. Eligibility: (1) 18 years or older. (2) Legal residents of the United States or Canada. (3) Applicant must be a student who is currently enrolled in high school, college or university based in United States or Canada. (4) Having a Minimum GPA: 2.75.

More information can be found here.
To apply: Click link here.

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2020


National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships

There are three types of Eagle Scholarships: academic, merit, and field study. Eligibility requirements vary for each type of scholarship. Students must be a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $50,000.

To apply: https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2020


The STS Science Talent Search

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition, providing an important forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. Alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and have earned many of the world's most distinguished science and math honors, including eight Nobel Prizes, five National Medals of Science and two Fields Medals. Annually, over 1,800 high school seniors from around the country accept the challenge of conducting independent science, math or engineering research and completing an entry for the Intel Science Talent Search. The Intel Science Talent Search recognizes 300 student semifinalists and their schools each year and invites 40 student finalists to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, and meet with notable scientists and government leaders. Each year, Intel STS semifinalists and finalists compete for $1.6 million in awards.

To apply: click here.

Deadline: Nov. 12, 2020


Student Photography Scholarships
Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation's mission is to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent and financial need. Five digital cameras will be awarded to high school students. Five $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to college or technical students and one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student.

To apply: https://www.jamesalancoxfoundation.org/apply/

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2020


Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
The Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.
To apply: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2020


Coca-Cola Scholars Program

www.coca-colascholars.org – up to $20,000

  • 3.0+ GPA and involved in school activities & clubs

  • Leadership qualities

  • Employment & Community Service

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2020


Dell Scholars Program -

www.dellscholars.org – up to $20,000

  • 2.4+ GPA, demonstrated financial need, planning on attending college for a bachelor’s degree

  • Must participate in an approved “college readiness program” for 2 years

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident

Deadline: Rolling until Dec. 1, 2020


National Honor Society Scholarship

https://www.nhs.us/students/the-nhs-scholarship/– $2,850-$25,000

  • Must be an NHS senior in good standing

  • character, scholarship, service, and leadership

  • contact NHS sponsor for more information

  • three recommendations required

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020


Ron Brown Scholar Program

www.ronbrown.org- 10 awards of $10,000 per year for 4 years

  • African-American Seniors
  • May be used at any university

  • Must have excelled academically

  • Exemplified exceptional leadership potential

  • Participate in community service activities

  • Demonstrate a financial need

  • Two letters of recommendation & Essay

  • Twenty finalists will be chosen and invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington D.C. at the expense of the CAP Foundation

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2021


Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships

www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants/ – various amounts

  • Info, criteria, and applications online

Deadline: Rolling until Feb. 1, 2021


Oklahoma City Community Foundation: New Opportunities Scholar - $2000

MUST APPLY AS A JUNIOR

www.occf.org

  • First in family to attend college (no parents or grandparents ever attended)

  • Demonstrated commitment to community and education

  • Unweighted GPA between 3.3-3.79

Deadline: ROLLING

TEACHER LUNCH DUTY: LORG/STEPHENSON/CROWELL/MCINTIRE

KP SERVICE WORKERS

KP Duty begins at approximately 12:55 PM! If you have a conflict, it is YOUR responsibility

to find a replacement and let Mrs. Todd in the office know. You will then be rescheduled.


Wed., Oct. 21st:

  • Brooke Davis, Addy Parks, Kennedy Peach
  • Jack Cullen, Hank Oakes, Bryant Polhill


Thu., Oct. 22nd:

  • Brenna Rowlett, Reagan Rowton, Savannah Sallee
  • Beckett Pomeroy, Jack Ray, Titus Rhodes


Fri., Oct. 23rd:

  • Taylor Underwood, Hadley Watson, Abby Webb
  • Isaac Johnson, Seth Neatherlin, Logan Newberry

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS!

10/23: Xander Wright

10/24: Zach Kittle, Alec Riner, Mr. Walton

10/25: Jack Sampson, Ryan Stout

10/27: Caleb Anderson, Alex Freiberg

10/31: Summer Wilson

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AT-A-GLANCE...

  • 10/24: Fall Carnival and Food Trucks @ 5:00-8:00pm to benefit HEROES recipient Lilyfield
  • 10/26: 70's Dress-Up Day in Honor of OCS' 50th Celebration
  • 11/3: All-School Virtual Day
  • 11/11: Veteran's Day Assembly
  • 11/14: Saints 5K Virtual Run
  • 11/18: Thanksgiving Day Chapel
  • 11/21: Thanksgiving Break begins (11/21-11/29)
  • 11/30: ACT Prep Class begins