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Weekly Update [October 23, 2020]

Senior pictures, baby pictures, and activity sheets are due on October 31.  If  you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Seraji or Mrs. Medley. 

All cap & gown orders will be placed online this year.  Balfour will be here during lunch on Thursday to answer questions and to give out class ring information.   

Haunted Homecoming: The Nightmare on Bearcat Drive 

October 26th-October 30th 

Bearcats, Get Ready for HOCO week 2020! All themes and activities have a Halloween theme! Participate if you Dare . . . 

Monday- Monster Mask Monday: wear your Halloween face Mask! (Must be an appropriate face covering approved by the CDC, not a halloween mask)

Tuesday-Zzzz Zombie Day (Dress in your Comfy or halloween pajamas with or Without zombie makeup) 

Wednesday- Witches, Wizards, or Winners (Dress as your favorite Witch, Wizard, or wear your favorite winning team’s jersey)

Thursday- Thriller Thursday (Wear your Halloween costume! Must be school appropriate and follow the dress code. Face paint is allowed)

Friday- Bring out the Spirits . . . (Show your school pride and dress in Red,White, and Blue, Freshman-White, Sophomore-Blue, Junior-Red, Senior-Red, White, and Blue or Toga


  • Door Decorating Contest- Overall Winning Class will Receive Donuts

  • Best Dressed Prizes Daily 

  • Digital Poster Contest- $10 Gift Card winner 

  • Homecoming Queen and Princess- Will receive Crown and Bouquet

The October Counselor Connection is now available at
Topics in this edition include:
  • Admissions essay may mean more financial aid
  • Registration for Real World
  • Design Challenge is open
  • KHEAA to hold webinars about financial aid
  • KHEAA continues hosting social media outreach
  • High school planners
  • Scholarship Spotlight

Craft Academy Information:

Attached you will find our one page informational flyer with more information about our program, in JPEG form, which is perfect for posting in Virtual Classrooms, or emailing out to students. 


As a reminder, any sophomore students who are interested in our program, need to plan to be registered for an upcoming ACT or SAT. 


All test scores must be submitted by the February 1 deadline, meaning that the last opportunity for either test will be December. 


If you have a student who is having difficulty registering for an ACT, please have them contact 


Upcoming Recruitment Events 

·         Virtual Visits will be held each week day in the month of October at 1 p.m. EST - please register here:  

·         Craft and Gatton Academy Collaborative Virtual Session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. EST.  To register please visit:  

·         Want to speak to a member of our Recruitment Team?  Send us an email: and we will set up a virtual meeting with you. 

·         Tour Morehead State University by visiting: 

·         Visit our Facebook page for previously held live sessions:  Applying to Craft Academy, Living in Grote-Thompson Hall and Meet the Staff.  We will also be hosting upcoming sessions to Ask a Craft Ambassador soon! 


Have questions?  

Reach out to our Craft Academy Recruitment Team and we will be glad to answer any questions!                                                                      



Sunshine Stamper
Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics
Assistant Director Admissions, Public Relations and Recruitment
Morehead State University
260 University Blvd
Morehead, KY 40351

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NCAA EC COVID-19 Webinar and Closures

As a companion to the NCAA Eligibility Center’s recent COVID-19 response, we will be hosting a webinar for your student-athletes and their families. Your students can register to join us on Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a discussion on these important initial-eligibility adjustments. Click here to share this promotional message and encourage them to attend this important event.

Due to operational changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eligibility Center will be closed for three weeks. Click here for specific dates and additional information.

The Kentucky Concrete Association is pleased to announce that the annual KCA William T. Robertson High School Essay Scholarship Contest is now open and accepting essay submissions.  

The William T. Robertson High School Essay Scholarship Contest is open to all Kentucky resident High School Seniors.  The contest winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to be paid to the college of their choice in their freshman year.  The winner will also be invited to attend the KCA Winter Convention in Lexington, KY in February 2021 to accept the award.

This year's essay prompt is:

It's the turn of the 21st Century... how is the resilience and durability of concrete contributing to your local community or the world?

The essay submission process is the same as last year whereby paper submissions will not be accepted.  All essays must be submitted online via the link that is included below.

The essay rules are as follows:
Student must be a current senior in high school graduating in the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Essays must address the essay prompt directly.
Essays must be a written by a single student and shall not be collaborative in nature.
Essays must be submitted using the online submission form.
Essays must be received by November 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Essays must be limited to 600 words.
The essay form submission link can be found HERE.

Alternatively, if the link above does not work, please copy the following direct URL to the form contest in your browser’s address bar:

We encourage you to encourage your students to be creative in their essay!

If you have any questions, please contact the KCA Office at 502-695-1535 or by emailing Susan Hagg who is copied.  Her email address is also


Brett D. Ruffing, LEED Green Associate
Executive Director
Kentucky Concrete Association
1 HMB Circle
Frankfort, KY 40601
PH: 502.695.1535
Cell: 502.682.1295

Good morning y'all! We have had the AP registration site open for a while now, but as far as I know, none of the virtual AP students have registered for the classes. This is a two step process and the absolute deadline is October 30th. I've attached directions on how to do this, as well as all of the join codes they will need. Ashlee and I will be glad to help with this in any way we can if there are any questions. We just really need to get this information out to the kids or they are going to miss out on taking their AP exams.

Jerilyn Hanks

Dear Counselor,

Whether your students are back in school, learning remotely, or participating in a hybrid model, we know they're working closely with you on their journey to college. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program was created to help your students complete steps for college while earning the chance at scholarships. Encourage your seniors to sign up for the program at for a guide to college and a path to scholarships.

The first step in helping your students earn scholarships is to take the College Board Opportunity Scholarships pledge. When you sign up for the pledge, you'll receive a free digital toolkit as well as monthly reminders and resources.

Take the Pledge

Most students need financial aid to help pay for college. By completing the FAFSA®, students might qualify for thousands of dollars in federal grants, work-study, low-cost loans, and state and college scholarships. There's no other way to gain access to this money.

Encourage your students to complete the FAFSA and earn a chance at a $1,000 scholarship.

Completing the FAFSA is an urgent and important step—not just for accessing financial aid, but for staying on track to enroll in college. Research shows that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA enroll immediately in college—versus only 55% of students who don't file.

Between October and February, the College Board will award $800,000 to seniors who complete the FAFSA.

Tell your students to visit for instructions on how to sign up for Wyatt?, a free FAFSA assistance chatbot that answers their questions by text. When students sign up for Wyatt and text their financial aid questions, Wyatt sends answers via text, a familiar medium that doesn't require internet access. Wyatt is available 24/7.

Seniors: Complete the FAFSA

Scholarship Tip: Complete the FAFSA for a Chance to Earn $1,000 for College

Thank you for your commitment to your students.


College Board

Heisman Scholarship Application is now open!

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A great chance to explore.


We’re excited to announce that the 2021 Profile in Courage Essay Contest for high school students is now open! You can learn more here. 

We encourage you to write a 1,000 word essay describing a leader who demonstrated political courage as described by President Kennedy in his book, Profiles in Courage. Winning essays tell the stories of courageous lawmakers who stood up for what was right rather than what was easy or politically convenient. Today, as students like you are learning virtually or are back in the classroom, it’s clear that times are different. Our country is depending on leaders to demonstrate political courage — which is why your essays about inspiring choices are so important.

This year, you can win one of 15 scholarship awards for college, including a $10,000 first-place prize. Find out more about the contest here.
All essays must be submitted before January 15, 2021 — so don’t wait! We look forward to reading your essay and learning about a time when a leader’s political courage inspired you. If you are no longer a student, we hope you will share these details with someone that could benefit from this opportunity.

Best wishes,

Esther Kohn
Profile in Courage Essay Contest
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

ACT Test Information:

Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
2020-2021 Test Dates (National)

December 12, 2020November 20
February 6, 2021January 8January 9 - January 15
April 17, 2021March 12March 13 - March 26
June 12, 2021May 7May 8 - May 21
July 17, 2021*June 18June 19 - June 25

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

October 1st is when seniors can apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 


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It's nearly time for young artists to apply for the Governor's School for the Arts -  please spread the word to young artists and their advocates in your community!

The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) changes the lives and trajectories of Kentucky's most passionate and creative youth - and we need your help to recruit applicants from the diverse range of places and perspectives throughout the Commonwealth!

This autumn high school sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for GSA's 2021 summer program: a tuition-free, life-changing experience that provides access to college scholarships, meaningful mentorships, and life-long friendships. Please share the following resources with young artists in your community, as well as their guardians, educators, and advocates.

  1. Visit to learn more about the program and review our applicant brochure.
  2. Register for GSA virtual info sessions - the first session is October 1st! 
  3. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
  4. Contact us anytime with questions/ideas at

Thank you for advocating for young artists - together, let's continue building a bright future for Kentucky's next generation of creative leadership! 

Yours in creativity,

The GSA Family 



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The Elks National Foundation (ENF) has kicked off the 2021 scholarship year. Here are the details!


Most Valuable Student (MVS) Contest:

The 2021 MVS application is now open. Applications can be found online at The application deadline is November 15th


The Elks National Foundation (ENF) awards 500 four-year scholarships based on academics, leadership, and financial need. National awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. The national awards will be announced in April 2021.

In addition to the national awards, entry into the MVS contest makes students eligible for additional scholarship opportunities on the state and local level:

  • The Kentucky Elks Association will be presenting an additional $20,0000 in scholarships to 16 students statewide who enter the contest and are not selected as national finalists.

  • The Frankfort Elks Lodge will be presenting four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Frankfort and Franklin County high schools. We will also be presenting the second annual Ronald Boyd Whitaker Memorial Scholarship (also worth $1,000) to a graduating senior from Anderson County High School.


MVS scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), at a U.S. college or university next school year. Some important applicant details include:

«  Current high school seniors (or equivalent) who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

«  Applicants do not have to be related to a member of the Elks.

«  Male and female students compete separately. 

Applicants select from a list of the Lodges closest to their home address zip code. Please have your students choose Frankfort Lodge #530 as their sponsoring Lodge. Complete details can be found at


Legacy Awards – The Legacy Awards program begins on September 1st.  Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. The ENF offers a total of 350 national awards. The application deadline is February 5, 2021 at 11:59 a.m., Central Time.  Please visit for more details and the application link.


For any questions, please contact me at the email above or by phone at 502-330-3426.




John Snyder, PER

MVS Scholarship Coordinator

Frankfort Lodge #530

Hagan scholarship

You are receiving this letter because you may have one or more students who meet the eligibility criteria for a Hagan Scholarship. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, designed to provide each recipient with the opportunity to Graduate College Debt-Free. Recipients of a Hagan Scholarship will graduate from an Eligible Public High School located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residentsor from a remote rural public high school located in a larger county. There is NO Application Fee. To inform your students about the Hagan Scholarship please provide a link from your school’s website   


Hagan Scholarship recipients are high achieving, self-motivated students who will require substantial financial assistance to attend college. The Hagan Scholarship provides up to $48,000 over four years; nine hundred twenty-seven Hagan Scholars from 43 states are currently enrolled at 358 colleges and universities. Over 2,000 Hagan Scholarships have been awarded to date, 500 more scholarships will be awarded in April 2021.


The award of a Hagan Scholarship can be life changing for many recipients. For more information and to access the Hagan Scholarship Application please visit our website. The Application Deadline is 5:00 PM CST, November 15, 2020. A letter and Hagan Scholarship Brochure will be mailed to you later this month.  





Dan Hagan, Trustee

Information For Current High School Sophomores


The application for the Class of 2023 opened on August 3rd, and will remain open through February 1st, 2021. 

Applicants for the Class of 2023 must: 

·        Be a resident of the state of Kentucky 

·        Be a current sophomore (by transcript) 

·        Be on track to complete Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry by the END of their sophomore year 

·        Earn a minimum of 18 in English, 21 in Reading and 22 in Math on the ACT or 520 or higher SAT ERW score (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) and a 540 or higher SAT Math score. 

·        Accepting SAT scores is new to the application process for the Class of 2023. 

·        You are not required to take both the ACT and SAT – eligible scores from either test are accepted. 

·        Complete an online application, and submit a supplemental items packet no later than February 1st, 2021. 


Register for a Virtual Presentation or Join us on Facebook Live for a quick Q & A: 


A Virtual Visit Presentation would be perfect for applicants,  family members, or school administrators who are looking to learn more about our program, speak to current staff and students, and have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.  Our slideshow presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes, followed by the Q&A.  


Virtual Visits can also be scheduled during a specific time for a specific set of students. 


Pre-Registration for a Virtual Visit is required:  


·        October 10th, 2020 - 11 a.m. 

·        October 26th, 2020 – 6 p.m. 


Our Facebook Live sessions are a time to get to know our current students, staff roles and ask questions about the application process.  All applicants, family members or school administrators are invited to tune in!  Pre-Registration for our Facebook Live Event is not required, be sure you follow MSU Craft Academy on Facebook and tune in on the dates/times below: 


Facebook Live Dates: 

·        October 13th, 2020 – 11 a.m. – Meet our staff and hear how they can support you at Craft Academy. 

·        November 2nd, 2020 – 4 p.m. – Meet our Craft Academy Ambassador Team, and ask questions to our current students. 

·        November 16th, 2020 – 11 a.m. – Application submission and timeline, along with a Q&A. 


We at Craft Academy are aware of the changes in the ACT schedule for some testing locations.  In order to ensure that our applicants are not hindered by this, we have added SAT scores as a testing option for our application process. You are not required to take both the ACT and the SAT – but you may now submit scores from either test. If you are having trouble getting registered for the ACT or SAT, please check the registration for Morehead State University, along with other testing sites that are giving the National Tests across the state.   


Eligible Test Scores: 

ACT:  18 in English, 21 in Reading, 22 in Math 

SAT:  520 or higher SAT ERW score (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) and a 540 or higher SAT Math score. 


Have questions?  

Reach out to our Craft Academy Recruitment Team and we will be glad to answer any questions! 


Sunshine Stamper                                                   Sarah Woodall 
Assistant Director Admissions,                                    Enrollment Services Counselor 

Public Relations and Recruitment                               606.783.2152 






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How? Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair!

See the fall schedule below. Parents invited, too. Sign up at and start exploring.


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Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as often as you like. Parents invited, too.

Simply sign up at now and register for one or more fairs. On the event date, use your phone or computer to log in. Learn, connect, ask questions, and discover your best college fit!


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