October 16, 2015 (Volume 5)



Link to Letter of Recommendation Packet


Seniors - you know you need them, but do you know how to request a letter of recommendation (LoR)? If you want a stellar reference, providing a prospective school/employer with an insight to your character, it is vital that you ask for the right information from the right person.


  • Ask someone that LIKES you and KNOWS your character
  • PLAN AHEAD: Give a MINIMUM of two weeks notice - preferably a month
  • Request that the LoR say more about your AMAZING character than your academic achievements

Schools can read your academic accolades via your transcript and test scores. What they are truly looking for in an LoR is to learn WHO you are and what would make you a unique asset to their community. You can put in 157 hours of community service, be a straight A student, and be involved in 12 different clubs, but if no one can vouch for the determination, organization, and self-discipline it took to get there, then it was wasted effort, my friend (for the purpose of networking, that is).

You should be asking for references from teachers, coaches, mentors, employers, etc. that like you; that know you and your character. It is imperative to ASK these folks if they would be willing to write an LoR for you. It is not a requirement for them to do so; it should be viewed as an honor that they are willing to take the time to brag on you in writing. Please, I beg of you, understand this. They get hundreds of requests and are often left writing LoR's on their own time.

You MUST give a minimum of two weeks to write an LoR. We are all busy. Giving more time allows your writer to truly pay attention to what they want to share about you. You will get significantly better letters by planning ahead and speaking with your contact about what you would like them to highlight.

Everyone loves to feel appreciated! Please be sure to thank your LoR writer appropriately (coffee & chocolate are often favored *wink*). In all seriousness, a sincere expression of appreciation is required.

*Click on the pink button above to access a handy-dandy packet to provide to your recommender when you ask for an LoR. For best results, complete it before you need it.


Link to ALL events and opportunities

Upcoming College Visits

Here is a snapshot of the colleges that will be here over the next few weeks (in chronological order); see the complete list here: All visits are held in Studio 2006 (LMC), unless otherwise indicated.

Emporia State University, 10/19 @ 10:15a

Baker University (Baldwin, KS campus), 10/19 @ 1:00p

MidAmerica Nazarene University, 10/20 @ 10:15a in the PCR

Pittsburgh State University, 10/20 @ 1:00p

Vanderbilt University, 10/21 @ 9:30a

University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), 10/21 @ 10:15a

Southwest Baptist University, 10/26 @ 10:15a

Rockhurst University, 10/26 @ 1:30p in Elliot Hall

Northwest Missouri State University, 10/27 @ 7:45a (location TBA)

Columbia College, 10/27 @ 10:15a

WyoTech, 10/28 @ 10:15a (location TBA)

Don't forget to sign up for these ahead of time (below)!!!

CCU to YOU (Colorado Christian University)

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6-9pm

10611 Nall Avenue

Overland Park, KS

Meet with admissions staff and learn more about financial aid. Apply for free. Interview in place of application essays. Event attendees will be entered to a trip to CCU for an overnight Preview. Register online at: Dinner and Top Golf included.

McKenzie Hughes, Enrollment Counselor


University of Norte Dame Information Program

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 7pm

9301 State Line Road

Kansas City, MO

Speak with a representative from the University of Notre Dame (students and parents are welcome).

Avila University Social Work Showcase

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 6:15-8:15pm

11901 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO

  • Hear from faculty and alumni
  • Learn about curriculum and field practicum
  • Discuss financial aid and scholarship information with an admission representative
  • Talk to faculty about minors in Spanish and International Advocacy
  • Enjoy desserts and refreshments
  • Learn more and/or register to attend @


Friday, Oct. 30th, 8:30am

5100 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO

Our goal is to provide students with steps to success while experiencing a day in the life of a college student at UMKC. Youth Days are geared toward Latino high school students who are sophomore age or older. Please register for the event early with Karly Scholl (; space is limited.

University of St. Mary's Fine Arts Scholarship Day

Monday, Nov. 9th, 9am-6pm

4100 South 4th Street

Leavenworth, KS

  • HS Seniors
  • Appointments available between 9a-6p, but are not required to attend

Engineering Night (jointly sponsored by MCC-Longview & Missouri S&T)

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 6:15-8:30pm

500 Southwest Longview Road

Lee's Summit, MO

This event is designed to help high school students and their parents learn about the engineering programs at each institution and the seamless transfer agreement between the two programs.

  • Students and parents who arrive between 5:30-6:00p will be able to talk with Longview and S&T employees directly. The presentations and demonstrations will begin at 6:15p.
  • Check out this short video which highlights previous students of the transfer program:
  • Students can register online ( or via phone 816/604-2515.

Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage.

DAR Good Citizen Program and Scholarship Contest

This program intends to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship to an outstanding degree: DEPENDABILITY (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), SERVICE (cooperation, courtesy, consideration of others), LEADERSHIP (personality, self-control, responsibility), and PATRIOTISM (unselfish interest in family, school, community & nation). It is a two-part program. Part I, nominees are chosen based on the student's ability to articulate their personal efforts in becoming an outstanding citizen; ONE student (per school) is then honored and recognized in several ways. Part II involves writing an on-the-spot essay - this is the scholarship contest part.

If you are interested in putting yourself forth as a potential nominee or if you know a student whom you feel would be an excellent candidate, please email All nominations must be submitted to Ms. Keltner no later than Nov. 2, 2015!

  • Deadline: Nov. 16, 2015
  • Scholarship Contest Awards = $250 - $5,000
  • HS Senior
  • NO academic requirements (rank, GPA, etc.)
  • US Citizenship NOT required

Earl Collins Foundation, Kiwanis International

This scholarship considers the following characteristics: academic achievement, volunteerism, honors, educational objective, letters of recommendation, financial need, and Kiwanis Family membership/involvement.

  • Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015
  • $1,000
  • Minimum ACT score of 23
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Academic resume'/list of activities & accomplishments
  • One-page essay


Link to Testing page


Link to Guidance home page

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Rebecca Seitz (A-D) 986-3036

Robin Gray (E-La) 986-3020

Laura Hillbrand (Le-R) 986-3018

Shelley McCain (S-Z) 986-3021

Tina Faulker (Social Worker) 986-3003

Karla Barnhill (Registrar) 986-3017

Valerie Meuschke (Admin. Asst.) 986-3003

J. Keltner (College & Scholarship Coor.) 986-3051

Harris Deutsch (ReDiscover) 986-3087