West Perry Counseling Newsletter

January 2021

January 2021 Newsletter
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Cumberland-Perry Vocational School

Vo-Tech interviews for students that applied will take place in January. Look for an email with details. Email Mrs. Bell at hbell@westperry.org with any questions.


The National Wild Turkey Federation's Dr. James Earl Kennamer Scholarship Program Sponsored by Mossy Oak

The NWTF is now accepting scholarship applications. To apply online visit https://your.nwtf.org/scholarships/

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2021.


The purpose of the NWTF Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship Program is to recognize and reward an NWTF member, who is currently a senior in high school, for their outstanding academic achievement, community involvement and leadership roles. The National Scholarship Winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Mossy Oak.

For more information, please see the Counseling Center

Zonta Club - Young Women in Public Affairs Award

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing the candidate’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

  • Eligibility: Pre-college/university women, aged 16-19 at time of application
  • The Award: Local club winner receives $1,000; District winner receives $1,000; and ten International recipients are selected from the District winners to receive awards of $4,000 each.
  • How to Apply? Complete an official application, following all instructions very carefully. Be sure to answer all parts of all the questions, noting the number of words requested. Then, ask the two persons who are writing your recommendations to send them directly to me through the mail. You will need to complete attached the application. You can also find the application on the Zonta International Website: www.zonta.org. Click on “Global Impacts” then “Education” then “Young Women in Public Affairs” then “Apply.” They may be filled in online but must then be printed and sent to me in the mail.
  • Deadline: March 1, 2021

Please see the Counseling Center for more information.

Perry County Sportsmen for Youth Scholarship

The Perry County Sportsmen for Youth will present a $1000 scholarship to one resident of each of the following school districts: Greenwood, Newport, Susquenita and West Perry!

The applicant must be a senior and must be entering a field of study relating to wildlife management, forestry, conservation, and environmental science or related field.

Paper applications are available in the counseling center.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2021.

HFC/JLC Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established following Jeffery L. Campbell's final Triumph, June 12, 1991at the age of 29, when he died after a 17-month battle with leukemia. Jeff's parents, brother, wife and relatives realized during those 17 months, the important part of healthcare providers play for seriously ill patients.

Applications are on file in the counseling center for an $8,000 scholarship ($2,000 annually for four years) for seniors entering a postsecondary school and majoring in the “Medical Field” (broadly interpreted). Application deadline is April 9, 2021.

Ernest R. McDowell Health Career Scholarship

Any student who is pursuing a health career is invited to apply for this scholarship for the 2021-2022 college year. Completed applications are to be postmarked by Monday, April 5, 2021. Click the link below to apply:



HACC Engineering Career Day

February 26, 2021


Via Zoom

Please see the counseling center or email Mrs. Barber at cbarber@westperry.org to sign up.

Attention Seniors: Free Online Classes through Harrisburg University

Are you interested in IT/Computer careers or being a medical assistant or pharmacy technician? If so, check out these awesome opportunities for second semester . Please disregard the cost on the flyer, this is a FREE opportunity for WP High School Seniors.
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Other IT Dates are also available, please email Mrs. Zeigler @ mzeigler@westperry.org for details.

Engineering Courses for High School Students

Academic Eligibility

Our typical student is a rising junior (~35%) or senior (~65%) in high school. Talented 9th graders (rising sophomores) may be considered, however, priority will be given to older students. Graduated seniors are also eligible to participate during the summer before they begin their college career.

Because Explore Engineering Innovation and Biomedical Engineering Innovation are college-level courses, interested students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have As and Bs in their high school math and science classes
  • Successfully completed Algebra II
  • Successfully completed a course where the trigonometric functions are taught. To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students, must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable applying the laws of sines and cosines to non-right angle triangles. If you learned to use the trigonometric functions in a course other than one called Trigonometry, you will select “Yes, as part of another course” and enter the course name when asked if you have taken Trigonometry on the online application.
  • Successfully completed required lab science courses:
    • For Explore Engineering Innovation, students must have completed Chemistry and/or Physics. Many students feel that knowledge of physics is particularly helpful for the course
    • For Biomedical Engineering Innovation, students must have completed a Physics course including a lab component where hands-on experiments are completed and lab reports are written. Students need to be comfortable with drawing and calculating forces in free-body diagrams, equations of motion, and principles of electric circuits prior to taking the course.

We move through the topics quickly and assume students are able to extend upon the pre-requisite knowledge to tackle more challenging problems.

To be eligible to participate in any Engineering Innovation course you must either be:

  • a current high school student
  • participating in a summer course immediately after graduating from high school

Please click on this link: https://ei.jhu.edu/overview/ for information on dates and tuition costs. See the counseling center for more information or questions.

21 Well-Being Tips for 2021

Improving your health and well-being doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, great accomplishments are the sum of small steps! Start the new year off on the right foot by trying some or all of these ideas.

  1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
  2. Schedule a preventive care exam such as an annual physical or well-woman exam.
  3. Each day, eat one more serving of a fruit or vegetable than you normally would.
  4. Add 10 minutes of exercise to your day.
  5. Avoid slouching! Keep your back straight, shoulders back and head up.
  6. Prepare one healthy vegetarian recipe for dinner every week.
  7. Find an activity or hobby that helps boost your mood.
  8. Spend at least 10 minutes on stress-relieving activity.
  9. Aim to go to bed at a time that allows you to sleep for 8 hours five days per week.
  10. Try a new exercise.
  11. Mind your manners by saying “please” and “thank you.”
  12. Use a fitness device, app or pedometer to see to track your activity.
  13. At each meal fill half your plate with fruits and veggies, a quarter whole grains and a quarter protein.
  14. Include three days of resistance or strength-building exercises each week.
  15. Write down three things you are grateful for every day.
  16. Try a new whole grain like quinoa, bulgur, amaranth, millet, sorghum, teff or buckwheat.
  17. Get out into nature at least one day per week.
  18. Designate three evenings each week to be screen-free time.
  19. Every time you put yourself down, compliment yourself twice immediately after.
  20. Do some jumping jacks before starting your favorite TV show.
  21. Drink a glass of water before you eat a meal.

Original source: https://blog.healthadvocate.com/2020/12/21-well-being-tips-for-2021/

Gaming Event

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VGC would like to invite your students to a special free online event that is being held on January 15th and 16th. They are holding a special gaming event for high school students which will include gaming tournaments, social gaming, and special panel discussions relating to college and career choices for students who want to pursue a career in gaming. The event will be held over a discord server which can be accessed by registering at www.vgcusa.org/egpa

Triangle Tech

Check out the upcoming virtual presentations. These presentations will occur on evenings and weekends to provide information to students and parents that are interested in trades, career/technical schools.
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If you are interested, there are three other dates for the Triangle Tech:

  • January 20, 2021 at 7:00pm
  • February 3, 2021 at 5:00pm
  • February 6, 2021 at 12:00pm

Email Mrs. Zeigler at mzeigler@westperry.org with any questions.

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Contact us

West Perry High School Counseling Center

Mrs. Bell - 9th Grade Counselor - hbell@westperry.org

Miss Meili - 10th & 11th Grade Counselor - lmeili@westperry.org

Mrs. Zeigler - 12th Grade Counselor - mzeigler@westperry.org

Mrs. Barber - Guidance Clerk - cbarber@westperry.org