West Perry Counseling Newsletter

February 2021


During February we will be celebrating KINDNESS! Please see the picture below for details about our BE KIND SPIRIT WEEK.
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Attention Seniors

If you have not replied to Mrs. Barber's emails verifying the spelling of your name for your diploma, please do so by February 5th!

If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please contact Jostens directly to order as soon as possible.


Wellness Tips

All of us will experience grief at some point in time in our lives, and maybe some of us have experienced it recently. While grief and death are unavoidable, we can learn different ways to cope with our intense grief feelings in healthy ways.

We can experience grief from the death of a loved one, a major breakup in a relationship, divorce, loss of a job, loss of a friendship, moving from your current school or home, and more. Everyone experiences grief in different ways. Therefore, what may cause a grief reaction in you may not affect a friend or classmate the same way. This is why it is so important to know what grief looks like so we can support each other and find help when we need it. It is important to note if grief is left untreated or repressed instead of expressed, it can become complicated. Further intervention may be needed at such a point.

When grieving, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions including denial, anger, sadness, depression and eventually acceptance.

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The Guidance Counselors are here to support you with your grief. Please contact us via email, or request an appointment to meet.

Attention Young Ladies...if you're looking to make connections with others and learn healthy coping skills, check out TEEN SPACE.

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Strengthening Families Program is virtual and free!

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February is American Heart Month - Please see details below about keeping our Hearts Healthy

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Penn State Scholarship Application

The Perry-Juniata Counties Penn State Alumni Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who have been accepted to Penn State and meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply

Please come to the counseling center or email Mrs. Barber (cbarber@westperry.org) for a paper copy of the application. The completed application and accompanying attachments must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2021.

Joni Williamson Scholarship

Joni Williamson served as Executive Director of the Perry County Council of the Arts for 10 years. Under her guidance, PCCA evolved into an organization that supports the Arts, Arts education, and Arts-related tourism on a regional level, but always pays deference to its local, rural roots. In 2008, the Board of Directors established the Joni Williamson Scholarship Fund to honor Joni and to each year recognize a graduating Perry County senior who has shown dedication to and/or an aptitude for the Arts. This year, the Joni Williamson Scholarship will be $250.

In order to be eligible for the Joni Williamson Scholarship, an applicant:

• Must be a graduating senior from one of the four Perry County school districts,

• Must have an acknowledged dedication to and/or aptitude for the Arts - literary, musical, visual, dance, or theatre,

• Must be planning to continue his or her artistic pursuits, either through academics or extracurricular activities, in a two- or four-year institution,

• Must submit by April 2, 2021:

o one recommendation from an adult, preferably a teacher or instructor, who is able to comment on his or her artistic endeavors,

o a short essay (500 words or less) that addresses the items below:

• What does your Art mean to you? Why do you do it?

• How do you intend to continue your artistic pursuits?

Please email Mrs. Barber (cbarber@westperry.org) for the form to complete, or stop in the counseling center.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting mailed applications at this time.

The Joni Williamson Scholarship will be paid directly to the student.

TFEC Scholarships

Seniors, check out some awesome scholarship opportunities that are exclusively for Perry County Students! The website is www.tfec.org. Please click this link: Search by County

Please click Application Hints document for details about the application process.

SENIORS - look for an email with a PDF outlining Scholarships Offered to West Perry High School Seniors. For more information, see the counseling center!

Hermine Solt Student Scholarship

Each year the PA Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) offers the Hermine Solt Student Scholarship which is a $500 scholarship for a Pennsylvania High School senior who is pursuing higher education in a business-related field (office technology, accounting, secretarial, business education (including business education teaching), business management, etc.).

Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website, www.paeop.com, under Awards & Scholarships.

Scholarship Committee Chairperson and contact is:
Linda Miller
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
740 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
610-347-0970 | lmiller@ucfsd.net

HACC Engineering Career Day

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Pennlive Best & Brightest

The PA Media Group – The Patriot-News and PennLive – will honor 20 high school seniors as the Best & Brightest to represent the potential of the class of 2021.

This is our 29th year of honoring these exceptional students.

Applications are due by Friday, March 5, 2021.

For the first time, entry for Best and Brightest is entirely online. Here is the link to the application https://forms.gle/HAKEZAPDWrZjgYdW7

To be eligible, a senior must have at least a B or 3.0 grade point average although a grade point average below 3.0 because of extenuating circumstances does not preclude participation.

Seniors must attend a public or independent high school or be home-schooled or attend cyber school in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York county. Local residents attending schools in other counties or states are not eligible.

Selection is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and service to school, peers and community as well as an autobiographical essay and two letters of recommendation.

Educators select the semifinalists and leaders from business, the arts, education, faith, government and the community choose the 20 finalists.

Please email your counselor with questions, or for more information.

Are you interested in being a police officer? Check out this unique opportunity!

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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