Thursday, January 27, 2022

Applerouth’s Free SAT/ACT Practice Test Weekend

 Applerouth’s Free SAT/ACT Practice Test Weekend has everything students need to get started on their best score: proctored SAT and ACT practice tests; study sessions to learn proven strategies; detailed score reports; and a custom study plan. Events run throughout February and the testing weekend is February 26th and 27th. For more information and to sign up, please visit: 

Two Scholarships from Peach State Federal Credit Union

 It’s scholarship time at Peach State Federal Credit Union! For our 2022 Scholarship Program, we are awarding almost $200,000 in scholarships and educational grants. Our 20th Annual Legacy Student Scholarships and the Dr. John Jackson Scholarship are part of this program.

The five $5,000 Legacy Student Scholarships are given in honor of past and present Board members and employees who have served Peach State for 20 years or more. They will be awarded to high school seniors who are pursuing a college degree in any field.

Our $3,000 Dr. John Jackson Scholarship honors Dr. John Jackson, retired Superintendent of Oconee County Schools, for his contributions to the Oconee County school system. It will be awarded to an Oconee County Public School graduating senior pursuing a degree in education.

In order for students to be considered, completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by Peach State no later than February 25, 2022

Please note: students should not submit multiple applications for our scholarships. Their application will be considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible (award amounts may vary). Applications to more than one of our scholarships will not increase eligibility or chances of being selected.

All scholarship winners will be chosen by March 31, 2022 and notified shortly thereafter 

If you have any questions, please contact:  

Ryan M. Hawk, CUDE

Executive Director of BD & Community Outreach

Legacy Student Scholarship

Dr. John Jackson Scholarship

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarships

 200 Renewable $10,000 Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarships Available for Your Students. That is $40,000 over four years to help deserving students achieve their goals.


Awards are open to individuals studying eligible engineering or computer science majors, who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. 


Spread the word about this great scholarship opportunity to your students! 


Applicants must:  

  • Be U.S. Citizens 
  • Be high school seniors, freshman or sophomore undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Be majoring or planning to major in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics  
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the upcoming academic year 
  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Be willing to consider internship opportunities with Lockheed Martin  


Learn more at


Click here for a flyer to download and share with students. 


Deadline to apply: April 1, 2022 3:00 pm CT 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

NOHS Alum Promoting Job Opportunity

 Hello all-  

I am a 2009 graduate of North Oconee High School. I wanted to share this unique opportunity my company is offering to young professionals. Zurich has began offering an apprenticeship program that has been extended to the Atlanta region. More information on the link below. This is a great opportunity to gain real work experience out of high school and will allow a student to earn an Associate in Business Management Degree while earning a salary.


Insurance Apprenticeships | Zurich Insurance (


To register for an event use this link here. 


Zurich Apprenticeship Program Informational Webinars ( 


I thought this would be a great opportunity for a graduating Senior to consider.


Once a Titan Always a Titan!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Three Messages Parents of High School Students Need to Hear About College Admission


Three Messages Parents of High School Students Need to Hear About College Admission

by Rick Clark

I am getting older. I know this because I now bring a mini-massage gun with me when I travel; my pant legs neither tightly hug my calves nor end an inch above my ankle; and when I buy wine at the grocery store the cashier either does not card me or goes back to scanning items when I confidently reach for my wallet (plus, hey, I’m regularly buying wine at the grocery store).

I'm not sure if you are also experiencing this, but my kids are getting older too, as are their parents. So, with each passing year, I’m getting more texts, emails, and calls from friends about college and college admission, and over-hearing both discussed frequently at games or other events.

While I did write an entire book on this subject, I feel like I owe my friends more than simply texting them an Amazon link. Plus, I understand not everyone is up for reading 200+ pages. But after watching this cycle repeat itself for over two decades (use of “decades” being another "getting older" give-away), I’m convinced there are a few messages most parents of high school students need to hear-and hopefully will listen to also.

Pronouns Matter. As your kids enter and move through high school, and especially as they are applying to college, I hope you will be cognizant of your pronouns. If you find yourself commonly saying things like, "We have a 3.8,"Pre-Calc is really killing us this year," or "Our first choice is ___________," it may be time to take a long walk, a deep breath, or a stiff drink. Ask yourself if those pronouns are just a reflection of your love and years of intimately intertwined lives, or if they are a subtle prodding to step back and let your student demonstrate what you know they are capable of handling.

As you well know, parenting is a delicate dance that becomes increasingly complicated as kids get older. Be honest with yourself and pay attention to when its time to take the lead or step back. Interestingly, it was current Atlanta Mayor (and former Georgia Tech staff member) Andre Dickens who introduced me to the concept of moving from parent to partner with presentation he used to do at new student-parent orientation. And that should be your focus as your kids move closer toward graduation from high school.

As a parent, I understand this is not easy. But don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal. "College Prep" is not simply about academics, and we should be focused on ensuring our kids are socially, emotionally, and practically prepared, regardless of where they end up going to college. Watching your pronouns is a great place to start. 

College admission is not fair. However, in contrast to what most people think, it is easy to understand. Admission is driven by two fundamental rules:

  1. Supply and demand. The Applicant to Class Size ratio drives admit rate. If applications go up and enrollment does not, the admit rate drops.

This is why you hear about Younger Sibling not getting into University of X (Home of the Fighting X's) with the same, or even better high school grades and classes, than Older Sibling (a current junior at X with a 3.4 GPA). Three years have passed, U of X’s new first-year class size is the same, but this year they receive 5000 more applications than the year Older applied. Could Younger do the work? 100%. Is Younger talented, ambitious, and very interested in going to University of X? Without question. Is this fair? Nope, but it is logical.

  1. Mission drives admission. As we just established, Older is a good student and a good person (3.4 GPA in college and very active on campus). But three years ago, when she applied as a high school senior, there was another candidate vying for admission—Applaquint. “App” had better grades, better classes, better writing, and more community involvement (all the things U of X says it values) than Older. App, however, was denied.

Why? Well, it happens that App is from Y (the state just to the east of X). Because University of X is a public school, students from the state are admitted at 5 times (would have been too confusing to say 5x) the rate of non-Xers. Fair? No! Again, App is smarter, nicer, and better looking than Older. But again, totally logical.

College brochures may make all campuses look the same, but the goals for the composition of their classes vary widely in number, geography, major, gender, and so on. So when admission committees discuss candidates, they are reviewing and considering GPA, essays, and letters of recommendation,  but ultimately institutional mission and priorities are the lens and filter through which admission decisions are made.

As a parent, my sincere hope is you hear, believe, and prepare yourself for this truth- neither an admit nor deny decision is a value judgment or evaluation of your job as a parent. My friend Pam Ambler from Pace Academy puts it perfectly: "Admission decisions feel deeply personal, but that is not how they are made." As a result, many parents react when their student receives disappointing admission news. They see that hurt and think they need to call the admission office (or the president or the governor), appeal the decision, “come down there,” or pull strings. After watching this cycle repeat itself over and over, and particularly as my own kids grow up, I’ve come to appreciate ALL of that comes from a place of deep and genuine love. But ultimately, in these moments what kids need from you is very simple—love, concern, empathy, belief, and encouragement, or sometimes just a heartfelt hug.

College Parents > HS Parents. When your kids were little and you were struggling with potty training or getting your baby to sleep through the night, did you seek advice and insight from other parents in the same chapter? No! Because they were either a: just as clueless or frustrated as you were b: maddeningly oblivious c: prone to lie, exaggerate, or hide the reality of their situation.

The same is true when it comes to college admission. Other parents with kids in high school often have just enough information to sound informed but frequently serve to proliferate inaccuracy and consternation-- “You know the valedictorian three years ago did not get into….” and “It's easier to get in from (insert high school three miles away), because they don’t have IB like we do.” Generous generalizations and liberal rounding phrases like, “he has mostly As and Bs” or her SAT is “around a 1400" should send your BS radar way up in cases like this. Walk away, my friends. Dismiss, change the subject, and don't let those comments stress you out.  

The bottom line is parents of high school students should talk to fewer parents of high school students about college admission, and more parents of current college students, or recent college graduates. These folks, who are one chapter ahead, invariably provide perspective, levity, insight, and sanity. They are far less prone to exaggeration, and in fact often incredibly raw and honest in their evaluation. “She was crushed when she did not get into Stanvard. But now she’s at Reese’s U and is not sorry.” Or “We didn’t get the financial aid package we needed for him to go to Enidreppep University, so he ended up at QSU. He graduates this spring and already has a great job lined up with the company where he’s been interning.” Again, seek perspective, levity, insight, and sanity from parents of current college students, and spend your time talking to parents of other high school students about the upcoming game or recently opened restaurant in your area.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. And stay tuned for upcoming podcasts and blogs with a few more key messages for high school parents coming soon...

Class of 2023: Junior Meeting

The Class of 2023 has gotten an email from their counselor inviting them to schedule their junior meeting. What is a junior meeting? It is the first of two important one-on-one meetings that your student will have with their counselor. In this meeting we cover important topics that range from:

  • Are they on track to graduate?
  • What is their post-secondary plan?
  • Are they eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, or HOPE Grant?

Please remind them to schedule their meeting and make plans to attend as well if you are available.

Warwick Economics Summit (WES) Registration Is Open

 On Wednesday February 2, a special interactive pre-conference session for 16-18 year old students, their teachers, counselors and parents will be offered in partnership between the Bank of England, Discover Economics, Warwick Economics Summit, and the University of Warwick.  This will be held at 17:30-19:00 GMT / 12:30-14:00 ET / 11:30-13:00 CT / 10:30-12:00 MT / 09:30-11:00 PT.  The session will provide insight into studying Economics at university level and will include an interactive taster lecture, the chance to hear from economists about the wide-ranging work that they do, plus also hear from current undergraduate Economics students.  Details and booking for the pre-conference session are available here.  Note that on the booking form some of the information requested from schools only contains UK-related fields – please just select an item if required but do not worry if this does not match your geographic region or specific details.


For the conference itself, key points are:


  • Warwick Economics Summit (WES) is the largest annual student-led academic conference in Europe
  • The 16-18 year old scheme aims to develop grassroots awareness of Economics to students around the world virtually, through providing a great opportunity for participants to gain a deeper and diversified understanding of Economics and its application in the real world (plus make an impressive addition to students’ personal statements and university applications)
  • The 2021 summit brought together nearly 1900 live attendees of 63 nationalities, from 150 universities worldwide
  • WES will run in hybrid format for February 4-6, 2022 to facilitate 16-18 year olds to join virtually from around the world
  • Registration for 16-18 year olds is free of charge – book here
  • The full schedule is still being finalised but sessions are due to run between:
  • Friday February 4:  14:00-21:00 GMT / 09:00-16:00 ET / 08:00-15:00 CT / 07:00-14:00 MT / 06:00-13:00 PT
  • Saturday February 5:  10:00-20:00 GMT / 05:00-15:00 ET / 04:00-14:00 CT / 03:00-13:00 MT / 02:00-12:00 PT
  • Sunday February 6:  10:00-17:00 GMT / 05:00-12:00 ET / 04:00-11:00 CT / 03:00-10:00 MT / 02:00-09:00 PT
  • Speakers released so far include:
  • José Manuel Barroso - Former President of the European Commission
  • Nadia Calviño - Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
  • Beatrice Fihn - Executive Director of ICAN
  • Irina Bokova - Former General-Director of UNESCO
  • François Villeroy de Galhau - Governor of The Bank of France
  • Richard Blundell - Economist, Professor of Political Economy at UCL
  • Barry Schwartz – American psychologist and the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College
  • Lars Peter Hansen - Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences


For any queries, please submit these to the organisers directly.  I hope this further information helps though 😊.


Best regards,


Sarah Jamieson
Regional Officer (North America) | Europe & Americas Team  |  University of Warwick   |  External: 024 7615 1174 |  Internal: 51174
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