WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community January 9, 2020

In this issue:

  • Message from Interim Principal
  • Attn Freshmen: Exam Jam
  • WBEF Casino Night
  • Mental Health Awareness Night
  • Aveda Cosmetology Rep at WB
  • Peer Mentor Applications - Available for 2020-2021 school year
  • Student Leadership Class Applications - Available for 2020-2021 school year
  • Professional Apprenticeship Applications - Available for 2020-2021 school year
  • Metro Detroit College Fair (Note date change)
  • Engineering and Computer Science Day at Oakland University
  • OSTC Open House in Wixom- January 30th
  • College Weekend 2020 - Second Ebenezer Church
  • Encouragement for seniors - What to do if deferred?
  • Pathways to Success in STEM
  • Future Teachers of Color Inspire Conference at WMU - Free!
  • Ski Swap Facebook Group
  • Free ACT Prep
  • Caddie Positions available at Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Scholarships -

(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,

please check prior editions of the Counselor Connections for more!)

  • Robert A. Leonard Charitable Trust Scholarships
  • Juniors - Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship
  • David Barns Scholarship
  • MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County
  • Juniors - Coolidge Scholarship
  • Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship
  • William D. Jewell Brewer - American Legion Scholarship
  • Pontiac Delta Sigma Theta Scholarships
  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
  • Michigan Council of Women in Tech Scholarship
  • Writing Competition for 9th-12th grade students by Judaic Studies WSU
  • Jewish Studies Majors at IU Scholarships
  • Scholarship Links for Students with Dyslexia
  • Link to Scholarships

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Message from our Interim Principal

Dear Parents of West Bloomfield High School Students,

Happy New Year!!

Saying good-bye to 2019 was especially hard for the West Bloomfield High School Family this year, as it also meant that you were saying good-bye to an outstanding teacher, coach and principal, Pat Watson. As we wish Mr. Watson well, the legacy he has left behind at this high school is stellar.

After spending several days here in December and starting officially on January 6th, I have to share with you how impressed I have been. You have an incredible administrative team and a dedicated staff who have high expectations for themselves and their students. The students have been welcoming, as I have introduced myself to them, and I knew a goodly number of them as they went through Green/Sheiko Elementary when I was the Principal there.

I look forward to my time here, as we work together to continue to make WBHS one of the best in Michigan.

Best Regards,

Katherine Sheiko

Interim WBHS Principal

Attention Freshmen - Exam Jam!

Hey freshies...plan on attending Exam Jam to prepare for finals! See schedule below!

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West Bloomfield Educational Foundation

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Mental Health Awareness Night

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Metro Detroit College Fair in Novi - NOTICE NEW DATE!!!!!!

There’s a new date for the Metro Detroit College Fair!

Mark your calendars for:

Metro Detroit National College Fair

Monday, April 27, 2020

8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

Novi, Michigan

Students should click here to register.

2020-2021 Peer Mentor Applications now available

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Pick up an application in Ms. Crewes’ room (625) or Ms.Tobias’ room (605). Applications are due Friday, JANUARY 17th.

2020-2021 Professional Apprenticeship Program Applications

If you are interested in the Professional Apprenticeship program for the 2020-2021 school year, please join the Google Classroom.

If you join our classroom you are not obligated to apply, but they will receive updates, reminders and have access to much more information than an application can provide. You will have easy access to more information, the application, slide shows showing past students at their internships and any updates.

Applications are due by Friday, January 17th.

The code for our Professional Apprenticeshop 2020-21 classroom site is m5kf2n

Please contact Mrs. Chase if you have questions.

2020-2021 Student Leadership Applications

Join us in Student Leadership during the 2020-2021 school year! Applications are available outside of room 300 or at …https://westbloomfieldhighschoolstudentleadership.weebly.com/apply.html. The deadline is Tuesday, January 14th.

College Weekend 2020

2020 ~ 23rd Annual College Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, February 21 6:30p.m. Clash of Champions- Performing Arts

Saturday, February 22 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. College Fair

Sunday, February 23 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. College Spirit Day

Engineering and Computer Science Day at Oakland University

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Join us to learn more about a career in Cosmetology!

Monday February 3, 2020 Aveda Cosmetology School 9:00 a.m.

OSTC Open House in Wixom - January 30th

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Encouragement for seniors...

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Seniors - What to do if you've been deferred?

Pathway to Success in STEM

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Ski Swap Facebook Group

Now that the season has started and all of the swaps are finished, there remains a lot of demand for low-priced, gently used items. There are also lots of items that didn't sell at the swaps.

Bob Cowen from Alpine Valley Ski Patrol has created a Facebook group to buy/sell ski & snowboard gear.


Please pass this info to your membership so they are aware of it as soon as possible.

Bob Cowen

Alpine Valley Ski Patrol swap team

Looking for something a little different after high school?

My name is Gabriela Granote. I want to share with you a unique opportunity for you after you graduate high school.

Verto Education offers an affordable, full credit-bearing freshman semester or year abroad with guaranteed transfer to our 30+ partner colleges. After high school, you can spend your first semester or two in either:

· Campus Semester in Spain: Anthropology, Archaeology, & Spanish Language

· Campus Semester in Italy: Democracy, Institutions and Economic Development

· Campus Semester in England: Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture

· Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia: Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Species Conservation

· The Dominican Republic and Costa Rica: Public Health, Sustainability, & Environmental Studies

· China, Thailand, and Laos: Global Development, International Studies, & Business Ethics

· Costa Rica Spanish Immersion: Spanish Language, Ecology, Sustainability, & Environmental Studies

· Costa Rica STEM Semester: Computer Science & Physics

When you apply to Verto, you can simultaneously apply to any of our partner colleges and receive a free, non-binding admissions decision within a couple of weeks. You can then travel with us knowing that you're in college, and every credit counts towards your graduation requirements.

Freshman Year Abroad + Admission to Partner Colleges = College, but better. Read about us in Inside Higher Ed!

Here's a 2 minute Video that highlights the Verto semester abroad.

Check out our website and Instagram, which includes photos of our students this past Fall!

Future Teachers of Color Inspire Conference at WMU - FREE!

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Free ACT Test Prep

Our free learning tool #ACTAcademy is designed to help you master the skills you need to succeed in college and career. Learn more and create an account today: https://bit.ly/2Q6sPwL

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

Caddie This Summer at Oakland Hills CC

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SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

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. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

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 email. 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. Beginning Class of 2020,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!

Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust Scholarships

The Robert A. Leonard Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 2014 to provide scholarship assistance to high school seniors in the state of Michigan. We have awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships and are proud to announce a 100 percent college enrollment retention of the students we have awarded. This year, our first class of awardees will be completing their undergraduate studies. We want to award more deserving students and announce the 2020 application is now available.

Last year, we awarded scholarships to three (3) students of West Bloomfield High School due their exemplary high school achievements.

Deadline is March 1.


Junior Athletes- Triple Impact Competitor Scholarships

Triple Impact Competitor Scholarships https://positivecoach.org/awards-programs/triple-impact-competitor-scholarships/… Class of 2021 Plays a high school or club sport GPA 2.5+

Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship

Does your employer belong to the Michigan Retailers Assoc? Apply for a scholarship! http://Bit.ly/MRAscholarship2020… #WBHSScholarships2020

MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County Scholarship

Planning to attend MSU? Check out this opportunity for a $2,000 scholarship from the Oakland County Alumni Association. Due March 27th!

The Michigan State University Alumni Club of Oakland County has one of the oldest and largest scholarship programs of any alumni club. Many years of fund raising activities (such as service auctions, art auctions and working concession stands at the Silverdome) have allowed us to create the largest endowment of any regional alumni club.


David Barns Scholarship

Hello Administrators & Counselors,

I am writing on behalf of David’s Faith & Hope for Life Foundation. The Foundation was established in early 2013 to continue the spirit and legacy of David Barns. David was a 2000 graduate of Goodrich High School where he achieved success in the classroom and in athletics. David attended the University of Detroit Mercy where he played basketball and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Upon graduation, David became a basketball coach at Goodrich where he coached both boys and girls middle and high school teams. In addition to his obligations as a regular season coach, David used Saturday morning basketball clinics and his annual B&D summer basketball camps to teach skills, commitment, accountability, teamwork, and leadership. In March of 2011, David was diagnosed with cancer. For more than 18 months, he endured chemotherapy and radiation, complex surgeries, and intense rehabilitation. He handled every obstacle with a gentle grace and determination embodied by few. David courageously fought his competitor, cancer, to the very end. David passed away on November 4, 2012 at the age of 30.

We are pleased to offer your students a scholarship created in honor of David. The David Barns Scholarship will be awarded to two high school seniors that best represent David’s academic excellence, athletic prowess, and commitment to the community. The scholarship will provide $2,500 of financial assistance for college tuition. Additionally, the scholarship is eligible for renewal for three years, assuming good academic standing, continued community involvement, and a service commitment to the Foundation. The attached application is due by March 13, 2020.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or scholarship, please email info@faithhopelife.com or visit our website at https://faithhopelife.com/scholarship/.

Pontiac Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Opportunity


We are excited to invite you to apply for ONE our five scholarships for 2020. Due to the number of applications we will receive, please only apply for ONE scholarship. You have the option to apply for the following awards:

  • Academic Excellence

  • Social Action/Leadership

  • Community Engagement Award

  • Arts & Letters Award

  • Pontiac Scholar Award

Please note this application should be completed online, NONE of the required documents should be received via mail. See below for individual scholarship requirements:

All required documents including recommendations, transcripts, and essays should be uploaded via the online application. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jennifer Banks at banksj@pontiacdeltas.com.

Initial Requirements

  • Current African American High School Senior (male or female) who resides in or attends school in the Pontiac Alumnae Chapter (PAC) service area: Auburn Hills, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Orchard Lake, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Waterford and West Bloomfield

  • Acceptance into a post-secondary educational program (of any type)


Juniors - Coolidge Scholarship deadline is approaching!

This is just a friendly reminder that the deadline for the 2020 Coolidge Scholarship is Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. That’s just under a month away! Students can apply at http://coolidgescholars.org.

William D. Jewell Brewer Scholarship - American Legion

If you are a Michigan high school senior who is a son, daughter, grandchild or great-grandchild of a war-time veteran and plan to attend any nationally accredited college, university, or trade school, apply for the William D. Jewell Brewer scholarship.


Society of Women Engineers - Scholarship Opportunities

SWE-Detroit Scholarships

· SWE Detroit annually awards scholarships to exceptional high school seniors who intend to pursue a college degree in engineering at an ABET-accredited college or university.

· The scholarship application must be filled out by the student and postmarked or e-mailed by March 1, 2020.

Josie Rewald Memorial Community College Scholarship

· Now in it’s second year, SWE-Detroit has endowed the Society’s first scholarship specifically for students starting their engineering program at a community college.

· The scholarship application must be filled out by the student and postmarked or e-mailed by April 1, 2020.

The applications for both programs can be downloaded at: http://www.swedetroit.org/high-school-scholarships.html

SWE, at a national level, also has many scholarships for outstanding high school woman students. This application form can be found on the National SWE website: www.swe.org.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology Scholarship

MCWT provides scholarships to women who have the interest, aptitude and potential for a successful career in computer science.

Our scholarship program encourages talented female students to continue their higher education and ultimately help Michigan become the No. 1 state for girls and women in technology.

In 2019, we awarded scholarships to 28 recipients; those scholarships had a value of $90,000. Since 2006, we’ve provided 192 women with scholarships totaling more than $1.2 million. Retention of women in tech majors in college is below 10 percent in general; among MCWT scholarship winners, that rate is over 90 percent.


  • Current Michigan resident
  • United States citizen
  • Female student with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Enrolled (or will be enrolled) full-time in a Michigan university

*Applicant must be able to provide documentation showing she meets these requirements.


Annual awards up to $5,000, with a possibility of renewal, awarded to high school seniors through college juniors. At least one award annually is awarded to a high school senior who has been active in an MCWT Girls Exploring Together - Information Technology (GET-IT) club.


Each applicant must be enrolled during the grant period in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in a major such as information systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, computer information systems, digital forensics and software engineering. This is not a complete list, but rather serves to provide examples. Applicant must maintain program requirements and will be subject to verification.

The scholarship application for the 2020-2021 academic year is open October 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020.


Writing Competition for 9th-12th Grade Students

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Scholarships for Jewish Studies Majors at Indiana University

Multiple Scholarships of up to $40,000 ($10,000/year for 4 years) for incoming Jewish Studies majors or Jewish sacred music students entering Indiana University in Fall 2020. “The Place for Jewish Studies” with more than 200 alumni working in careers related to Jewish Studies.

To apply for Fall 2020 Jewish Studies scholarships, see (go.iu.edu/js_scholarships). Deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2020. (Note: Students applying to IU before November 1, 2019, will be considered for IU Selective Scholarships, too.)

Questions? iujsp@indiana.edu and see: www.indiana.edu/~jsp/index.shtml

“The best undergraduate Jewish Studies experience in the country.”

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Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Pat Watson, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


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