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Junior Newsletter

For detailed information on services, updates, and important student & parent resources,
visit Lakeland High School Guidance

It’s time to begin to organize your thoughts and ideas with reference to college planning and career goals.  This one-time newsletter for Juniors will help you get started.  A monthly newsletter will be distributed in your senior Social Studies class next year.

Junior Parent Conferences
If parents or guardians of Juniors have not already had a Junior Parent Conference, please contact the Counseling Office and speak with support staff to schedule a phone or Google Meet appointment during school hours.  JPC’s are meetings designed to continue the work counselors have begun with students towards their post high school planning.  Please note that the focus of a JPC does not necessarily have to be on the college process, as some students and families may also be exploring options related to enrolling in a trade program, going into the workforce, taking a gap year or enrolling in the military.

Become familiar with the NAVIANCE program.  Search, compare, and review the admission history of the colleges that interest you.  You can access the Naviance program as well as other helpful sites on the district “Guidance” web page at: Lakeland School District Guidance

Virtual Financial Aid Night
On April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm, there will be a virtual financial aid presentation for all parents and students.  Stacy Salinas, Director of Financial Aid with Dominican College will review important information regarding student and parent loans, grants, scholarships, work study, application processes, and new federal and state updates.  This program will be tailored for junior parents, but will provide useful information for all parents to understand the financial aid process.

A RESUME can make it easier for you to complete college and scholarship applications.  List your academic achievements, community service, school activities, special awards, honors, and work experience. Contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in the Guidance College and Career Center for a sample resume layout.

Through the Guidance Department’s College/Career Center you will find helpful information regarding your future plans.  The following resources are available to you:

  • INTERNET sites offer a wealth of information about college and careers. A number of excellent sites can be accessed through the LCSD Guidance web page. A list of internet sites is also available in the guidance office.
  • CAREERS - Web-based career and personality inventories are available through the guidance web page and also through your Naviance account. The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers career information on a wide variety of occupations.  Visit the website Occupational Outlook Handbook or look at careers related to your strengths, skills, and talents at Career Zone .
  • MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS - This newsletter is a preview of the notices that will be distributed in Social Studies classes during your senior year. The notices provide information about applying to college, scholarships, open houses, financial aid, etc.  Please take the time to read them.  The newsletters are also posted on the LHS/WPHS Guidance web pages.

You can find many online resources on the district’s Guidance website at Lakeland School District Guidance

Financial Planning for College
The Net Price Calculators which are available on a college’s website will provide specific financial aid and overall cost estimates for your prospective colleges.  Net Price Calculators don’t guarantee financial aid; the award letters from the colleges the student is accepted to will provide the exact financial aid amounts.

If you plan to play in a Division I or Division II sport in college, you must register with the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The registration fee is $90.  You can register now at the website NCAA.  When you register for the SAT and/or ACT, be sure to add the Eligibility Center as a score recipient by using the code “9999”.  Also, make sure that you ask your counselor to send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center after you complete your junior year.  More information and resources for college-bound student-athletes and parents can be found on the website.

Selective Service
All 18-year-old males should register with the Selective Service.  You can pick up a mail-back registration form at any post office or you can register online at Selective Service.

Summer Programs
Many colleges offer summer programs for high school students who are interested in enrichment opportunities.  You can search college websites for summer programs or contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) for assistance.

College Open Houses
Under normal circumstances there is no better way to get a feel for a college than to visit in person.  With continued COVID-19 restrictions on college campuses, visiting still presents as a challenge for students.  While there may be some colleges that are offering campus tours and information sessions, the majority of them have shifted to virtual events such as college fairs as well as their own individual admissions events.  When planning your “visits” it is best to utilize the college’s website as the main source of information.

College Admission Counselors Virtually Visit WPHS/LHS
A list of college representative virtual visits scheduled for the spring is attached.  We usually only have a few college representatives visit in the spring but to keep current, it is recommended that you access the district’s Naviance Student webpage (scroll to the bottom) under “What’s New”, click “show more”.  Typically, college visits were done during the school day but to reduce conflicts with the remote schedule, the college meetings take place after school hours.   The links for the college visits will become available approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Students should register ahead of time. Please remember to dress and conduct yourself appropriately as these are formal interactions with college representatives.  The link to Naviance is located on the district Guidance & Counseling web page (Lakeland Schools Guidance, click Departments, Guidance, Naviance Student, select WPHS or LHS, and choose your user type to log-in.)

College Board Exams
Plan on taking the SAT Reasoning Test,
SAT Subject Tests or ACT in the Spring

The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour test. There are three components:  Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.  The test assesses how well you think, solve problems, and communicate—skills you will need in college.  Most colleges require test scores for admission.


The ACT Assessment Test consists of four multiple choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete.   An optional 40-minute writing test is also available. Check directly with the colleges you are considering to find out their requirements.


All students must make a concerted effort to prepare for the SAT or ACT either through a formal course or independent practice. Practice tests can be found online. Naviance in conjunction with Kaplan offers livestreaming courses and video on demand.  Practice test booklets are available in Guidance.

  • Most colleges will accept the SAT or the ACT Test when they consider your application.
  • Students with diagnosed disabilities seeking testing accommodations must complete a separate application for accommodation approval as early as possible. It can take up to seven weeks for approval.  Applications are approved in order of receipt. Students should work with their counselor to submit accommodation requests.
  • Keep in mind that test scores are not available until 3 to 5 weeks after your test date.
  • You are required to submit a photo when registering for the SAT or ACT. You must have an admission ticket and acceptable photo ID to gain entry to the test center.
  • Most students take the SAT or ACT test twice—once in the spring of junior year and once in the fall of senior year. Your highest scores will be used for admission. Typically done with the SAT, colleges will superscore students’ highest sections from all test dates to create the superscore.

TEST DATES (Spring 2021)

SAT & SAT Subject Tests
Test Date: March 13, 2021 Registration: Feb 12, 2021 Late Registration: March 2, 2021
Test Date: May 8, 2021 Registration: April 8 2021 Late Registration: April 27, 2021
Test Date: June 5, 2021  Registration: May 6, 2021   Late Registration: May 26, 2021

ACT Tests
Test Date: April 17, 2021  Registration: March 12, 2021  Late Registration: March 26, 2021
Test Date: June 12, 2021  Registration: May 7, 2021  Late Registration: May 21, 2021

Scholarships, Contests, Etc.
There are some scholarships available to high school juniors.  Listen to the morning announcements, check the bulletin board outside the Guidance Office and visit the LHS or WPHS Guidance web page.

The Ayn Rand Essay Contest based on the book, The Fountainhead, is open to students in grades 11 and 12.   Prizes of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Visit  for complete information. The entry deadline is April 29, 2021.

The B. Davis Scholarship – Creators of “Student Award Search Aid” website sponsors an award for 11th and 12th graders who submit an essay (less than 1000 words) on the topic, “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel they are developed in an individual.”  Visit  May 22, 2021.

The New York State Archives announces its annual Student Research Awards.  The statewide competition is open to students in grades 4-12.  Awards consist of a certificate and cash prize.  Entries must be the result of student research using historical records and must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2021.  For guidelines and entry forms visit and click “Education”.

The Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program will award over 100 scholarships of $1000 to Junior athletes based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by Jim Thompson (Personal Mastery, Leadership, and Honoring the Game). A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.  Application and three required references must be submitted through the online application portal at by May 31, 2021.

We realize with Covid restrictions there may not be many community service opportunities but maybe food pantries are in need of help.

College Scholarships

Most colleges offer a number of scholarships with varying eligibility requirements.  Many recipients of merit scholarships are selected on the basis of high school grade point average and SAT/ACT scores.  Scholarship renewals are usually based on satisfactory academic progress.  Visit the financial aid website of a college to see what financial assistance is available and how recipients are selected.  If you are thinking of applying to the following colleges and would like to be considered for an award nomination, please contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS).

The Clarkson University Leadership and Achievement Awards recognize Juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, have been a positive contributor to school and community, and have a proven academic record.  The Leadership Award totals $60,000 over four years and the Achievement Award, $48,000.  Candidates must be in the top 15% of the class with an academic interest in Engineering, Business, Science or Liberal Arts. If interested in being nominated, contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 7, 2021. Only one nomination per awardStudents selected will qualify for these tuition-based scholarships should they apply, interview, be accepted and choose to enroll at Clarkson University.

The Elmira College Key Award is an award of merit presented to outstanding high school Juniors. Nominees should have a minimum academic grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale), demonstrate outstanding school and community leadership, and have an interest in an academic program offered by Elmira College.  Each recipient will receive a scholarship of $80,000, $20,000 per year over four years, upon enrolling at Elmira. If you would like to be considered for nomination, see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in guidance by April 7, 2021.  Students selected will qualify for this scholarship should they apply, be accepted and choose to enroll at Elmira College.

The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to Juniors who excel in advanced math and science courses, rank in the top 10% of the class and exhibit significant involvement in extracurricular activities.  Medalists who are accepted and enroll at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will receive a minimum $25,000 a year for four years.  The most recent medal winners have had a high school average of “A” and an average SAT math score of 728, an average SAT critical reading score of 692, and an average combined SAT score for critical reading and math of 1420.  Only One Nomination per school.  Please see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 7, 2021 if interested in being considered for nomination.  The student selected will qualify for this scholarship should he/she apply, be accepted and choose to enroll at RPI.

The Rochester Institute of Technology invites high schools to participate in the RIT Computing Medal Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award. One male and one female Junior nomination will be accepted for each program.  Nominees must be in the top 10% of their class, demonstrate leadership in school and/or community and demonstrate an interest and ability in computing OR demonstrate outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, or entrepreneurship.  The scholarships are valued at $32,000 ($8,000 per year) and can be used to support any of the baccalaureate degrees available at RIT.  Contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 7, 2021 if interested in being considered for these RIT scholarships.  Students selected will qualify for this scholarship should they apply, be accepted and choose to enroll at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The University of Rochester is accepting nominations for the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology.  One Junior may be nominated for each award. Upon application for admission, winners are automatically considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 a year.  Scholarship selection is competitive and based upon the overall strength of the student’s application for admission.  If you would like to be considered for an award, please contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 7, 2021. For specific award information you can visit and search High School Awards Program.  Students selected will qualify for this scholarship should they apply, be accepted and choose to enroll at the University of Rochester.

The Student Sage Award of The Sage Colleges will honor two outstanding Juniors who are academic and social leaders. Candidates should have maintained a B+ or better average, rank in the top 25% of the class, and be actively involved in the community.  Only two nominations per school.  Qualifying nominees will receive a scholarship of at least $10,000 per year to attend one of the Sage Colleges.  Contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by March 12, 2021 if interested in being nominated. Students selected will qualify for this scholarship should they apply, be accepted and choose to enroll at one of the Sage Colleges.

The Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award, worth $10,000 per year, recognizes a Junior with a cumulative GPA of 85% in a college preparatory program and demonstrated leadership abilities through school and community activities.  Please note that as an NCAA Div III college, they are unable to consider athletic participation when selecting candidates for this award.  Only two nominations per school are allowed.  Contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by March 19, 2021 if interested in being nominated.

The Yorktown American Legion will send a local female Junior student to the week-long GIRL’S STATE Program being held virtually June 27 to July 3, 2021. This is a leadership action program where qualified female juniors take part in a practical citizenship program designed to inspire and instill in attendees the principles of democracy and the duties, privileges and rights of American citizenship. Juniors with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, and service to their schools will be considered.  Students must be at least 15 years old and in the top third of their class.  If interested, students should submit a resume to Mr. Goss at and copy Ms. Zadra (WPHS) at or Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) at no later than Monday, March 15, 2021.  If selected, then a complete application package must be submitted plus a letter of reference attesting to the student's leadership and character qualities.

The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program is designed for Juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges, and who show the potential to attend top colleges. Awards include free prep test, all expense-paid campus visits, scholarships to summer programs, college essay coaching, distinction as a competitive candidate for admission to the QuestBridge college partners, etc.  Applicants should have a strong academic record, (primarily A’s), and an annual income of less than $65,000 (typical family of four.)  The majority of applicants are in the top 5-10% of their class with tests scores above 1260 on SAT or 27 on ACT. Test scores are not required.  The selection criteria includes academic achievement, financial need, and teacher and character recommendations. Applications are available online at with a deadline of March 24, 2021.

Manhattan College & ACE Mentorship Program is offering a FREE summer engineering awareness program which will include lectures and laboratory experiences related to concepts in science and the various engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical, environmental, and computer engineering.  Contact Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance for details and application.  Deadline:  April 9, 2021.  There is limited space, it is recommended you apply early.  All programs are subject to change based on funding and the Covid pandemic.

Mercy College Leadership Academy 2021 (three one-week sessions:  June 27-July 3, July 11-17, July 25-31) is for rising seniors, with a 90+ GPA,  a passion for business, proven leadership skills and excellence in public speaking.  Free tuition and housing; there is a required $300 fee to cover the cost of food.  To learn more and apply, visit:  Even though there is no application deadline date, it is highly recommended that you apply early for this competitive program.