Senior Newsletter

December 2020

Counseling and Advisement Office

Meet our Team

Jennifer Adams, Director (A-D)

Email: Phone: 803-821-1913

Gretchen Crosswell, School Counselor (E-L)

Email: Phone: 803-821-1911

Nicole Hanks, School Counselor (M-P)

Email: Phone: 803-821-1894

Jessica Calhoun, School Counselor (Q-Z)

Email: Phone: 803-821-1912

Alysan Berry, Counseling Secretary—Transcript Requests

Email: Phone: 803-821-1910

Candice Parsley, GHS Career Specialist

Email: Phone: 803-821-1977

Catherine Oxner, School Psychologist

Email: Phone: 803-821-1917

Lori Amick, Federal Compliance Specialist

Email: Phone: 803-821-1924

Katie Mowery, Student Records Operator

Email: Phone: 803-821-1904

Joel Cooper, School Resource Officer

Email: Phone: 803-821-1928

Heather Bowling, Lexington County Community Mental Health Counselor

Email: Phone: 803-821-1893

How Do I Obtain A Transcript?

Transcripts may be ordered online through Parchment.
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Order a Transcript

Please order your transcript online using Parchment.

We need the following information as soon as possible:

  1. All college acceptance letters
  2. Financial Aid/Scholarship Award Letters
  3. Majors Form
  4. Military paperwork (so you can get a cord)

SAT and ACT Test Dates

*Register Online*

SAT Dates (Gilbert is test site)

March 13 Register by February 12

May 8 Register by April 8

June 5 Register by May 6

ACT Dates

December 12 Register by November 6

February 6 Register by January 8

April 17 Register by March 12

June 12 Register by May 7

July 17 Register by June 18

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Graduation Supplies

Rhodes Graduation/Jostens has dropped off all of the early supplies that have been ordered with a deposit or paid in full (extra tassels, shirts, sweats, etc). Please stop by Mrs. Stroud's Room (603) in the Center any time before school or first block (7:45-9:45), during Crew/lunch (11:20-12:30), or after school (3:20-3:45) to pick up your supplies.

If you are a LOOLA student or are otherwise NOT on campus, email for further pick up instructions.

Please remember that caps, gowns, tassels, and any invitations/announcements will be delivered in the Spring.

Virtual Calming Room - Check-It Out!

The Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, families, and staff to find strategies for managing emotions and feelings in positive ways while building resilience. Sometimes, life gets challenging and overwhelming. We can feel stressed with life’s events, both big and small. The Virtual Calming Room provides resources and tools to help you find new ways to manage life, explore new problem-solving opportunities, and develop coping skills. Enjoy and take some time for yourself.

What is a micro-scholarship?

A micro-scholarship is an amount of money that students are eligible to earn based on individual achievements throughout 9th - 12th grade. They are awarded by colleges and universities who partner with Enter your grades each semester, and all activities, jobs, and volunteering and watch the money add up! Follow those schools offering you money by their deadline!

Scholarship Information

2021 Journalism Contest SC Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

Write a three page article on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Increasing Access and Opportunity.” For more information and complete rules and eligibility requirements, visit here

Deadline: February 1, 2021


National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbia (SC) Chapter, is in search of 2021 college scholarship candidates. Next spring, NCBW-SC will award $1,000 college scholarships. The awarding of the scholarships actuates one of our goals; the encouragement of African-American females to continue their education beyond high school.

  • Applicant must attend a public high school in Fairfield, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland or Sumter school district.
  • Applicant must be a May or June 2021 female graduating high school senior.
  • Applicant must be planning to attend an accredited college, university or other higher learning institution. Scholarship recipients must provide proof of acceptance and enrollment before funds are disbursed to the student.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4-point scale (unweighted) is required.
  • Finalists must participate in an interview with the NCBW-SC scholarship selection committee.
  • Scholarship winners must attend the NCBW-SC My Sister’s Keeper Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) Conference Center located at 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia SC 29229.

The application packet must include the following:

  • A completed 2021 application form (Applications are accepted from November 2020 – January 2021)
  • The applicant’s official high school transcript. (Must be in a sealed envelope and signed by a school counselor)
  • Three letters of recommendation (including one from school counselor)
  • Typed essay (As indicated on page 3).
  • A wallet-sized photograph (professional upper body shot)

Click Here to Apply

Agnes Scott College Trailblazer Scholarship - $25,000(4yrs)

Apply to this all women’s college and have a GPA of at least 3.75; the test eligibility has been dropped this year. To retain the scholarship once granted, recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA for the entire four years of eligibility. You need only apply to the college to have application to the scholarship.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

American Muscle Automotive Scholarship

Award: $2000

Scholarships are restricted to those students pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study.

For more information and to apply, go to:

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge

Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public school the

opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the

competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence.

Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline

areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. To compete, students should

submit an original and two copies of the original composition and process folio for the creative writing, dance, music, or theatre categories. For the visual arts category, mail one original composition and a process folio.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked on or before Monday, February 22, 2021.Send your applications to: L. Monique Curry, 1429 Senate Street, Suite 607, Columbia, SC 29201.

Click Here to Apply

Big Sun Scholarship

Award: $500

For more information and to apply, go to

RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP - $40,000 ($10,000/YR.)

Academically talented African-Americans; strong record, leadership, community service need to apply; see for details & application.

Deadline: January 9, 2021


A Free online Christian College Scholarship Resource Program allows students to search for the different types of scholarships that are of interest. Students can log onto to request information and automatically be entered into the $2,500 scholarship drawing

Deadline: No Deadline

The College Plan - $250

Student must be accepted into an accredited college, university or technical school. Drawing will be held by April 1st for the upcoming year. Scholarship applications can be found at the link stated below:

  • Scan and email the application to Mark Maurer at
  • Fax them to Mr. Maurer at: (803) 661-0011 ATTENTION: Scholarship Application
  • Or mail them to Mr. Maurer at: The College Plan Scholarship

100 Harmon St., Suite 201

Lexington, SC 29072

The College Plan Hosts Workshops, both in person and virtual. For the most current schedule of TCP Workshops and to fill out a scholarship application, go to:

Deadline: April 1, 2021


You must be an applicant for admission at Davidson College to apply for the James B. Duke scholarship. In addition to the application for admission and scholarship application, you must submit an essay in response to one of two questions. Go here for the admission deadlines and Davidson College.

Early Decision I is November 15, Early Decision II is January 4.

Deventhal Law Scholarship - $1,000

This scholarship is for any student entering the field of law. Must have a minimum 3.0. A transcript must be attached to the application. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes. Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship.

Visit here to submit the application.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

B. Davis Scholarship

Award: $1000

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution.

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.

  • Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.

Application Procedure

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of fewer than 1000 words on the topic below:

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at

Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

DEADLINE: May 22, 2021


Scholarships are geared toward seniors of the United States and who are planning to attend college next school year. Students can get tips and resources on paying for college and enter for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. Go to the Discover website at for scholarship information and details.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Equitable ExcellenceSM Scholarship

Pursue what’s possible with the Equitable ExcellenceSM Scholarship.

Every year, students across the country work hard to make a positive and lasting impact in their communities and beyond. And every year, we award $1.8 million in college scholarships to hundreds of these remarkable young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.

Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. To recognize the important role their dedicated educators play in guiding these students along their path to success, we also award a $1,000 grant to every Equitable Excellence winner’s high school.

Eligibility - Equitable ExcellenceSM award winners come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but are united by their drive, determination, and strong character.

Applicants to the Equitable ExcellenceSM Scholarship must:

  • Demonstrate courage, strength, and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service
  • Be high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.

How to apply - The 2021 program opens on September 1st. The application period is until December 15, 2020, or when 10,000 applications have been received. Apply here.

Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund Scholarships

(1) Harry Hampton Scholarship - $5000 per year for 4 years

This scholarship is for students in the natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science.

(2) Wallace F Pate Scholarship - $2500 per year for 1 year

This scholarship is for students in the natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine, or environmental science.

(3) David M Cline Scholarship - $2000 per year for 1 year

This scholarship is for students who wish to further their education in law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic science.

(4) James O Thomason Scholarship - $2000 per year for 4 years

This scholarship is for students who wish to further their education in print or photojournalism, advertising, public relations, or mass communications.

For more information on these scholarships and a copy of the applications go to:

Deadline: February 26, 2021

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

This scholarship database is completely devoted to those of Hispanic descent.

Go to: or


High school students who've been impacted by single moms or who are single moms themselves. Link:

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • JRF recognizes the challenges of taking standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic; applicants who do not HAVE TEST SCORES to submit will not be disadvantaged in the selection process.
  • Click Here to Apply


It is highly recommended that the nominee be interested in attending UVA, but not required of nominees; exceptional ability in leadership, citizenship, and scholarship; To be nominated complete the pre-application found here.

John F. Kennedy - The Profile in Courage Essay Contest - $100-$10,000

Write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

For full details about the contest go to here.

Deadline: Postmarked by January 15, 2021


MTC college foundation offers numerous scholarships. Go to Midlands Tech financial aid site for more information. Go to: to apply.

Deadline: April 15, 2021


Earn a 4-year scholarship with no obligation to the Navy until your sophomore year. Program completion and graduation will result in Commissioning in the US Navy. A 5-year minimum active duty obligation as a naval officer is required. Must be at least 17 years of age and not older than 23 with a combined SAT score of 1150 and a score of 22 in the ACT or Top 10% of Graduation Class. For more information: apply online.

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Ponton Law Scholarship - $1,000

This scholarship is judged and awarded primarily on merit and need. Applicants must plan to attend college; must have a 3.0 GPA; transcript. Recommendation letters and resume are not required but are encouraged to substantiate their application. For more information about the scholarship and to apply go to:

Deadline: July 31, 2021


Plan to attend a 4-year college in South Carolina; have competitive or recreational interest in golf; 2.75 GPA; and must demonstrate community involvement. Apply online here

Deadline: January 7, 2021

SilverPen Scholarship - up to $2,500

Wellmore of Lexington, a retirement community located here in Lexington, is offering this writing competition. Silver Pen is an opportunity to bridge the communication gap between younger and older generations. Essay Topic is: Our members at our community have built and continue to build their legacies. They are all inspirational in their own way. Right now, you are nearing your high school graduation and preparing for your future. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want to have accomplished? What are your goals in life? What is your definition of living a good life?

Guidelines can be found here. Also go to their website and apply. For more details about this scholarship go to

Deadline: February 12, 2021 - submitted online at

Spartanburg Methodist College Scholars Program

A full-tuition financial package Is offered to seniors who graduate with a 3.0 GPA. In addition, students can qualify for "Open House Scholarships" worth $500 when they visit campus on an Open House Day.


Female high school students who are planning to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math. Link:

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Career Specialist Updates

College Resources

The College Bootcamp is your one stop shop for any college resources you may need!

Nondiscrimination Policies

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. The Director of Middle Schools handles inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number (803) 821-1000.