College and Career Information

This year's free application for federal student aid opened up October 1, 2016.  All seniors who plan on attending any type of post-secondary academy, technical school, college, or university should apply to see if you qualify for any financial aid (grants, etc.) 

First, you and your parents should go to where you both will create your own FSA ID. Keep your FSA ID in a safe place to use again for each year you complete the FAFSA.  Next, go to and enter information as requested by the application.  If you plan to attend school this coming summer, choose the 2016-17 FAFSA.  If you plan to begin in the fall or after, choose the 2017-18 semester.  If you will attend both summer and the following school year, you will complete both the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 FAFSA.  You may choose up to 10 schools to receive your FAFSA.  Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (in the application) to transfer tax data automatically. Sign the FAFSA with the FSA ID and be sure to click submit.  Keep a copy for your records.

In three to five business days, you should receive your SAR - Student Aid Report by email.  Look in your junk or spam.  Move this email to your inbox and follow the directions to see your SAR.  If the SAR has and EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of "0,", then you should/may qualify for up to $5815 of grant money for the school year.  For questions, it will say, "See you FAA."  This is the financial aid administrator of the college you plan to attend.

Any questions or concerns, please see Mrs. Pilkey. If she is unavailable, you may get in contact with
Stephanie Rosh 
Outreach Representative 
Certified Educator in Personal Finance
Office of Student Financial Assistance
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1314
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Polk State College Open House for Juniors/Seniors

Lakeland - October 27 - 5-7 PM

Barbizon Acting and Modeling School

A  representative from Barbizon will be in the food court all three lunches on October 27, 2016.

Florida A & M University
cordially invites you to attend the 
2016 Educational Fair
Orlando, Florida
Date:  November 18, 2016
    Time:  9:30 A. M - 11:00 A.M 
Orange County Convention Center
5441 International Drive
Orlando, FL
Please note:  All high school seniors that attend must submit an application for admissions to FAMU prior to attending the event.  The educational fair will acquaint you with the academic programs offered at FAMU.  Please confirm your attendance by November 14th by emailing  For further information, please call (850) 599-3147.


Discover Duke
(Duke admission officers will present information and answer questions at four different locations in Florida.    Please see the bulletin board outside the guidance office for dates and times. 


Huge Scholarships For Your Students & Big Prizes For You!

Two High School Seniors...
Will win the Grand Prize, $160,000 in college scholarships from world renowned Shenandoah Conservatory of the Arts. In addition, 6 other finalists will each receive a Conservatory Award of up to $12,000 per year.
Learn More!

High School Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors...
Compete for a $4000.00 scholarship to the Hartt School Pre-Professional Summer Intensive! Six others will win a fully paid College Audition Prep Program in Acting or in Musical Theatre with internationally acclaimed, "College Audition Coach", Mary Anna Dennard!

Teachers Win Too!
The two drama programs attended by the winners, will each receive a 100 Theatre Book Library from Smith & Kraus Publishers, the #1 theatre book publishing company in the world!

Visit the Website to


2016 Congressional App Challenge

All students from the 15th Congressional District of Florida are invited to to participate in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge.  Stem students (science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics) education and fields are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting their software applications for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  The deadline to submit the apps is 12 PM EST on November November 2, 2016.  For additional details, you may visit


US Naval Academy Founders' Day Dinner 

     This dinner is  for 9th - 12th grade students and their parents who are Naval Academy candidates or who are student interested in learning more about the Naval Academy.  The dinner will be held at Feather Sound Country Club in Pinellas County.  A pre-dinner reception will be held at 6:00 PM followed by the presentation of colors and dinner starting at 7:00 PM.  Reservations and entree choices are required by Friday, October 7, 2016, to Warren G. Hahn, P.E.,  The fee is $40 per person and can be mailed to Warren G. Hahn, P.E> CEO at Hahn Engineering, Inc., 3060 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL  33629.  You can also phone him at (813) 831-8599.


Mercer University of Engineering

The Mercer University School of Engineering is pleased to once again invite seniors from your school to apply for our annual Scholarship Challenge at our Macon, Georgia campus on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  We plan to award valuable scholarships this fall to high school seniors who are interested in Mercer’s engineering, industrial management and technical communications program.  More information about Mercer Engineering and a link to the Scholarship Challenge event is available at

The Scholarship Challenge is a day where we meet with these students to show them our campus, our labs and technology, and give them an opportunity to meet with our faculty and students.  We use a design problem or a test of math skills to help us make scholarship recommendations.  Students do not need to have applied to Mercer – this event is open to any high school senior! 

You can learn more about the event, download a flyer, and find the application web site at The direct address to the student application is will fill in a short form with their contact information and some background on their academics.


Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity

This is a four-year full-tuition scholarship worth more than $200,000. To apply for this scholarship, you must apply to Wesleyan University in Connecticut at  The deadline for completed applications is January 1, 2017.  For more information, please go to


Attention all Seniors!

Mrs. Pilkey will be also be communicating with you using the Remind app.  If you would like reminders about college/career/etc. information,  please go to and join Seniors 2016-17. 

Thank you.  

(Letter below given to seniors in their first period classes 8/23/2016)

August 23, 2016                   


Dear 2016 – 17 Senior,                                                                  

We are nearing the end of August, and I am writing to remind you of things you should be doing, if you plan on pursuing an education after high school, whether it be a four year college, two year college, technical college, or any other form of higher education.

If you have not taken an ACT or SAT, sign up for both immediately.  On the Lake Region website, click on Guidance and then click on ACT/SAT/PERT, and you will find both ACT/SAT websites from which you can register.  All seniors are allowed one fee waiver for the ACT, and for the SAT one fee waiver, if you qualify for free/reduced lunch.  ACT/SAT scores must be sent to the colleges.  When you register for the ACT/SAT, include these colleges in the registration so that ACT/College Board will receive the scores; otherwise, you will have to pay extra to send the official scores from the websites.

Next, go online to the college website(s) of your interest, and look at the deadline dates and criteria to apply before you begin applying.  You should click on the page that says “future student” or “prospective student,” create an account, and then begin your online application.  You should keep a folder of everything:  your account numbers, logins, passwords, etc.   I cannot emphasize enough the importance of completing your application correctly.  Capitalization, spelling, and grammar should be checked and corrected.  Your essays should be proofread by a parent or teacher before you submit it.

There is an application fee for every college application.  All students at our school qualify for application fee waivers.  I can issue you these waivers.  If you do use a fee waiver for the application fee, you will have to email a scanned copy, fax it, or send it by mail. 

Colleges require that you send a transcript to them. UF, FSU, and FL Polytechnic require an SSAR – which is explained on each of their websites.  To send a transcript to any other college, fill out the pink colored transcript report form in guidance and give to Ms. Kelly Stanton who will submit it.  If you plan on going to Polk State, you will not have a transcript sent until after you graduate. 


Please check the Lake Region website weekly for updates to the College and Career Section and the Scholarship section.  LRHS is hosting its first College Day Fair in the food court on September 8, 2016 for juniors, seniors, and parents.  Over 25 colleges will be present.  More information on the fair will be sent to you through Remind and the school’s website. 

If you have questions regarding any of the above information, please email me at

Thank you.

Mrs. Bernadette Pilkey

PS:  Remember: (1) to turn in your community service hours ASAP so that they will be posted on your transcript when you send it to the colleges and (2) to ask your teachers for letters of recommendation.



The Common Application Announces 2016-2017 Essay Prompts

The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents, and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts. 

These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.  

Among the more than 800,000 unique applicants who have submitted a Common App so far during the 2015-2016 application cycle, 47 percent have chosen to write about their background, identity, interest, or talent - making it the most frequently selected prompt; 22 percent have chosen to write about an accomplishment, 17 percent about a lesson or failure, 10 percent about a problem solved, and four percent about an idea challenged.  

With the release of the essay prompts and the announcement that student accounts created now will roll over to 2016-2017, counselors can introduce their juniors to the Common App now, or whenever they are ready

2016-2017 Essay Prompts 
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

 2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Bernadette Pilkey,
Aug 25, 2016, 7:29 AM