Other Guidance Information

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ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship and Training Trust is holding the High School Challenges & Career Day for Iowa high school students on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  Students will be able to visit with construction industry professionals, participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations, and watch the ABC of Iowa Craft Championships competition.  New this year is the Interactive Career Exploration Trailer.  Register for one of the three competitions:  Welding Challenge, Electrical Challenge and Carpentry Challenge.  Go to www.abciowatrust.org/craftchampionships/highschoolchallenges for more information.

Teens in Iowa and surrounding states are being asked to help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving by entering a video contest sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation and promoted by the Chicago Auto Show.  The "Drive Safe Chicago" contest invites teens to submit their storyboard or script ideas for a 30-second public service announcement about the risks of distracted driving.  The winner will receive a $2000 prize and will have the opportunity to work with an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and the video will debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show's Media Day.  Entries must be postmarked by December 29, 2017.  Information about Drive Safe Chicago is available at www.teenlane.org/content/contests .

Culver Fellows at Simpson College
The John C. Culver Fellows program honors Senator Culver's career and legacy in public service, democratic values and courage in public life.  Culver Fellows are involved in every aspect of fulfilling the Culver Center's mission to encourage civic engagement and public service.  Culver Fellows receive a renewable annual scholarship of $2000 in addition to all other merit- and need-based financial aid awarded by Simpson College.  Want to learn more?  Contact the Office of Admissions at 800-362-2454 or email at admiss@simpson.edu .

Iowa HOBY is a leading international leadership program for high school sophomores that is packed with fun, innovative leadership activities focusing on the social change model, including personal leadership, group leadership and leadership for society.  The purpose of the seminar is to prepare our country's high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace, and community.  Sophomores will be selected from Iowa's public and private high schools across the state.  This year's HOBY seminar will be held at Drake University June 8-10, 2018.  Check out more about Iowa HOBY at www.iahoby.org .  Deadline for guaranteed acceptance is December 8, 2017.  See website for registration directions.  See school counselor for more information about the HOBY Registration Kit.

Shop at Hy-Vee?  Save your Hy-Vee receipts to earn money for your school!  $1.00 will be earned for every $200 collected in receipts.  During April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018, save your receipts.  Schools will turn in receipts with completed redemption forms April 1-8, 2018, to any local Hy-Vee.  Monticello residents can drop off receipts to the high school office.  If you have any questions, contact Kristy and 319-366-7756.

2018 Summer Leadership & Service Summit:  Encourage your student to seize this opportunity to explore leadership skills.  They will experience hand-on with team building, self discovery, service learning and leadership development activities.  The Iowa event is held June 24-30, 2018 at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.  The Colorado event is help July 8-14, 2018 at Wartburg West.

Taking the Road Less Traveled Conference is a one-day conference for 9-10th grade girls to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math college majors.  The event is held at Iowa State Univesity and they experience hands-on with activities and presentations.  There are two opportunities to attend:  November 2, 2017 and April 12, 2018.  Register at the Jones County Extension Office at 319-465-3224 or email at nnull@iastate.edu .  The cost is $25 per student and $25 per chaperone.

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The Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union has established the On-A-Roll program to honor students who show improvement in their GPA or maintained a 4.0, but not necessarily to just those who experience academic success or have honor roll level grades, but for all female students who have participated in an IGHSAU-sanctioned sport or cheerleading/drill team in the previous and current semester.  See Mr. Lambert or Mrs Stingley for more information on this program and how to get an application form, or go to www.ighsau.org (Administrators, Counselors, Activities Directors:  Forms are in the Awards Applications section under the Administrators tab on the website and must be filled out electronically and emailed to Sherry@ighsau.org .)
ICAN Information

Volunteers will help families complete the FAFSA.  You can also contact ICAn at 877-272-4692 or email at FAFSA@icansucceed.org .

ICAN (Iowa College Access Network) wants students and parents to take advantage of their online tool - the College Funding Forecaster - a tool to determine yearly and total estimated costs, funding gaps and potential student debt for a four-year undergraduate college career.  This is a no cost for the student and family.  For more details, go to the ICAN website at www.icansucceed.org .

College Planning Tips can be found for each grade level!  Go to www.icansucceed.org/en/services/the_resource_zone/college_planning_tips/ for all the information.  Don't let graduation find you unprepared for college.  If your goals include continuing your education after high school, use these tips to help you stay on track for college every year of high school.  In addition to these great tips, visit the ICAN YouTube Channel and check out the video "Tip of the Week".  Each week ICAN releases a video tip for students preparing for lift after high school.

Financial aid season is right around the corner.  ICAN has nine locations: Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City and Waterloo.  Get FAFSA help - schedule your apt at www.icansucceed.org/apt .  Go to the website for all the details.