Kern's Counselor Corner

College Fair for Juniors

On Wednesday, September 19th the junior class will be going to Wadena-Deer Creek High School for a college fair. Over 50 colleges, universities, and military entities will be available to answer questions and help guide students' college search process. We will plan to leave school at 12:35 and return at 2:10.


Free College Application Opportunities!

Copy of 2018-2019 Free Application Opportunities FINAL

September Scholarship List for Seniors

Seniors should visit the Scholarships tab of this website for updated scholarship lists. A paper copy is also available outside Mrs. Kern's office.

Voice of Democracy Contest

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the Voice of Democracy contest. This year's essay topic is "Why My Vote Matters." The top three winners from Sebeka School will receive cash prizes (1st place - $150, 2nd place - $125, 3rd place - $100). Deadline is October 23rd. See Mrs. Kern for more info!

Patriot's Pen Contest

Students in grades 7 & 8 are invited to participate in the Patriot's Pen contest. This year's essay topic is "Why I Honor the American Flag." The top three winners from Sebeka School will receive cash prizes (1st place - $40, 2nd place - $35, 3rd place - $30). Deadline is October 23rd. See Mrs. Kern for more info!

As of April 1, 2018, Minnesota’s suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community. For callers who are the most in distress, average wait times for a response is only 39 seconds.


The FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) may be filled out or submitted after October 1st. BEWARE OF OF PHONY FAFSA WEBSITES!! Use ONLY!


There really is no deadline to apply for the FAFSA. However, the earlier the better. Think of financial aid like a big pot of money – first come, first served and once its gone, its gone. For your best opportunity at getting the most aid possible, it is important to submit your information as early as possible.


Step 1: Go to to get started.

Step 2: Select the FSA ID icon. Both parent AND student need a FSA ID, which is a username and password that allows you to save your information electronically. Be sure to write down your FSA ID username and password as well as any security questions/answers so you can access these in upcoming years.

Step 3: Return to and select "Start a New FAFSA". The FAFSA will require your tax information from the previous year, social security numbers, and birthdates. It is critical that accurate information is provided on the FAFSA - including full names (not nicknames) - or the FAFSA will process with errors, which will slow down the award process.

Step 4: Keep an eye on your email. After the application has been submitted, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few weeks.


Applying for financial aid can be confusing and sometimes frustrating. You may call the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend to ask questions - they are the professionals and can give you accurate answers. I’m certainly not an expert, but I can also do my best to help you find the answers to your questions. Feel free to call me at 218.837.5101 ext. 217.