Counseling

Dr. Caswell Martin

cmartin@pinnacleclassicalacademy.com

704-740-4039

On campus Mondays-Thursdays

Updates & Resources

Posted 10/27/20: Virtual College Exploration

Follow the link below to access video sessions created by many NC and SC colleges:

https://cacrao.org/programs/2020-high-school-student-registration


  • Hear from admissions officers: Experienced admission counselors will tell you what you need to know

  • Gain important college knowledge: Choose from 280 different presentations and information sessions

  • 201 Colleges and Universities: Learn more about different colleges from 26 states, Washington DC and 4 countries

Posted 10/14/20: Summer Ventures application opens 10/15!

Rising juniors and seniors:

The application for Summer Ventures through the NC School of Science and Math opens tomorrow, October 15! Please see the link below for FAQ's and other information about this wonderful summer program. Applications are due by January 15, 2021.

https://www.ncssm.edu/summerventures/faqs


Posted 10/12/20: Clemson University Lyceum Scholars Program

The Lyceum Scholars Program offers $10,000 scholarships to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society at Clemson University.

Lyceum Scholars read the greatest works in western civilization over a series of eight classes. Course topics range from ancient political thought to the political thought of the American founding to constitutional law.

Questions?

Email lyceum@clemson.edu or

visit our website: www.clemson.edu/lyceum



Posted 10/5/20: US Senate Youth Program

https://senateyouthnc.webs.com/

This is a week-long program in March (this year, virtual). Selected delegates (2 per state) will receive a $10,000 scholarship and encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

Selection criteria include: grade 11 or 12 and

  1. Be currently serving in an elected or appointed leadership position in any one of the following during the entire academic school year:

* Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer

* Class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer

* Student council representative

* Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administration

* National Honor Society officer (this may include a discipline-based Honor Society that incorporates service components, e.g., the National English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, etc.)

Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Contact Dr. Martin with any questions!


Posted 9/29/20: Teaching Scholarship to Catawba College

The West Teaching Scholarship and the Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship are available through the Catawba College Academy for Teaching! Applications for the scholarships are available through the link below. If you need further information, please contact our Teacher Education Department (mcartner19@catawba.edu) to set up an appointment. Our campus is open for visitors, so we would be happy to meet in person, online, or via phone. The deadline to apply for these scholarship opportunities is January 15, 2021.

The West Teaching Scholars application is located at the following link:

http://www.catawba.edu/requests/app_teachscholar.asp

Please note, our website is currently being updated to reflect the most recent information and requirements listed below:

Catawba’s West Scholars:

West Scholars receive $5000 per year in addition to any academic scholarship awarded by Catawba with the exception of Socratic Scholarships.

  • Training in the integration of technology to enhance student learning

  • Field experiences throughout their education program

  • Participation in community, service, and scholarly research activities

  • Optional international study opportunities

  • A strong history of employment following graduation

  • A supportive learning community of peers, business and community leaders, faculty and staff

  • A mentoring program

  • Cohort activities (retreats, dinners, etc.)

  • A fall semester activity for all cohorts

Qualifying for Catawba’s West Scholarship:

All students who are interested in the West Scholars program must:

  • Be entering Catawba College as first-time freshmen

  • Complete a West Scholars application

  • Complete a Catawba College application for admission (and be accepted to Catawba)

  • Have a qualifying GPA of 3.5 or higher

  • Maintain minimum Catawba GPA of 3.0

  • SAT/ACT scores optional (Note: Full West Scholars may submit SAT scores in order to seek exemption from the required Praxis CORE exam for entry to Teacher Education. An SAT score of 1170 is required for exemption from taking the Praxis CORE exam prior to admission to the Teacher Education during the sophomore year.)

Conditional West Scholars:

Conditional West Scholars receive $2500 per year in addition to any academic scholarship awarded by Catawba (with the exception of Socratic Scholarships ) and must:

  • Have a qualifying GPA of 3.2

  • Maintain minimum Catawba GPA of 3.0

  • SAT/ACT scores optional

  • Submit passing scores for the Praxis Core exams by April 15 of your freshman year.

Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship:

For students who do not qualify for the West Teaching Scholarship or the Conditional West Scholarship, the Teacher Education Department offers the "Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship." Recipients of this scholarship will receive $1000 per year, with an increase to $2000 per year once successfully accepted in the Teacher Education program. To receive this scholarship, interested students must:

  • Complete a Catawba College application for admission (and be accepted to Catawba).

  • Complete the online application for the scholarship, noting your intent to major or minor in Education.

  • To continue to receive the scholarship, recipients must declare a major or minor in Education by the end of their first semester, qualify for admittance to Teacher Education for the junior year, and complete the coursework required for the major or minor selected in education.


Posted 9/28/20: Oratorical Contest & Scholarship Program

The American Legion sponsors an oratorical contest each year for high school students. PCA can send one local winner to compete at the district level, where there are scholarship prizes for the winner. Contact Dr. Martin if you would like to compete!

ALHS Post 82 Oratorical Scholarship Flyer (FINAL).pdf
2021 Rules Brochure.pdf
American Legion Post 82 ORATORICAL 2021.doc

Posted 9/15/20: School-specific Scholarship Opportunities

Please see below for links to access information on several university-specific scholarship programs that offer incredible opportunities. Most of these are full-ride scholarships. Please reach out to Dr. Martin with any questions--I would be happy to help you apply! Click on the scholarship name to link to the website.

Levine Scholarship at UNCC

  • Counselor Recommendation is needed to receive an invitation to apply.

  • Contact Dr. Martin by October 1 if you would like to be nominated.

  • Must apply to UNCC by November 1.

Park Scholarship at NCSU

  • Students may self-endorse themselves as a candidate by November 1.

  • Must apply to NCSU by November 1.

Goodnight Scholars Program at NCSU

  • for STEM majors

  • Family income must be <$110,000/year

  • Must apply to NCSU by November 1.

  • Students can self-nominate as candidates between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

Bryan Scholarship at Davidson College

  • Counselor nomination is due by September 28. Please contact Dr. Martin by September 23 if you would like to be nominated.

  • For scholar-athletes in volleyball, soccer, track, baseball

  • Must apply to Davidson College by October 15.

Belk Scholarship at Davidson College

  • Counselor nomination is due by December 1. Please contact Dr. Martin by November 1 if you are interested in being our nominee.

  • Must apply to Davidson by December 15.

Robertson Scholars Program at UNC-CH and Duke University

  • Robertson application available online and is due by November 15.

  • Must apply to either or both UNC-CH and/or Duke separately by either Early Action/Decision or Regular Decision deadlines.

EC Scholars Program at East Carolina University

  • Must apply to East Carolina University by November 25.

  • Students that apply to ECU and meet ECU Honors minimum requirements will be invited in their acceptance package to complete the Honors College online application. Honors College and EC Scholars applications due by December 16.

Cheatham-White Scholarship Program at NC Central University

  • Counselor nomination is due by November 15. Please contact Dr. Martin by November 1 if you would like to be nominated.

  • Cheatham-White application deadline in December 15.

  • Minimum Weighted GPA of 4.0, Minimum ACT 28.

Posted 9/3/20: Davidson Admission Workshops

Join the Davidson College Admission Staff and other admission professionals this fall for a workshops series to help prepare you for the college search and application process. Sessions will cover topics ranging from essay writing to interview preparation to making the most of virtual college visits. All workshops are free but space is limited in some sessions. View the full schedule and register here. Questions? Email: intensives@davidson.edu

Posted 8/31/20: Virtual College Fairs this fall

Students and parents can sign up at virtualcollegefairs.org. General information about the fall season of NACAC Virtual College Fairs is at nacacfairs.org/virtual-students.

Posted 8/27/20: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Are you a middle or high school student who's making a difference through volunteering?

See the attached flyer for information on how to apply for a $1,000 award in recognition of your service!

Prudential Community Awards 2021.pdf
2020 Open Houses Power Point.pptx

Posted 8/19/20: The Robertson Scholars Program

Please see info below on information sessions about The Robertson Scholarship. The Robertson is a full ride scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill or Duke University. You can also learn more at the website: https://robertsonscholars.org/

August 19, 2020

New in 2020 – Robertson Scholars Leadership Program Webinar Information Sessions. Students and counselors are invited to participate in Webinar where they will hear directly from our Director of Selection, as well as alumni and current scholars. This is an opportunity to learn about the Robertson’s program offerings and our application process. There will also be a live Q&A section for students and counselors to pose questions.

Registration is required. Please register at the link below:

https://calendly.com/rslp/robertson-scholars-high-school-student-info-session


Posted 8/13/20: Important Information for CCP Students from PCA Open House

CCP Handout

Posted 8/12/20: Resources from CCC Open House for CCP Students

Posted 5/19/20: NC School of Math and Science Summer Programs Move Online

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)’s Summer Accelerator program is proud to announce the launch of our online courses for summer 2020!*

Posted 5/4/20: Colleges Waiving ACT/SAT Requirements

Available from FairTest.Org:


Posted 5/3/20: Virtual College Fair and Admissions Conference

NAVIGATE 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair. May 4-6

This event will host three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. Students can chat live with college admissions representatives, helping to find fit.

Students and families have lost opportunities in their college search due to COVID-19.

This event is free-of-charge to attendees and is designed to help students and colleges connect safely during the COVID-19 crisis. The event will be live for three days, packed with informative sessions about the college decision process. During those three days, students can also browse interactive college fair booths, chatting live with admissions representatives.

After three days of live interactions, this event will remain posted at the event site until the COVID-19 crisis is over. Students need access to information and this site will remain a robust tool for exploring their options.

We hope you can join us in this important event! Register soon, space is limited.

Learn More or Register Now


Posted 4/27/20: Virtual College Visits

Feeling discouraged that you can't visit colleges like you may have been planning? Colleges and universities have been working hard to organize virtual visits and information sessions so that prospective students can learn more without visiting in person.


Here is some information I just received from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC: https://admissions.appstate.edu/visit

  • They are offering virtual tours daily with Admissions Counselors and Student Ambassadors as well as a Zoom drop in lobby from 8-5 everyday.

  • You can schedule a face to face one-on-one with our App State admissions counselor, Liz Alliss, as well: allissea@appstate.edu

  • There is actually a Campus Visit Tuesday at 2 and Friday at 2 that Liz will be presenting if anyone wants to attend. The link is on the page linked above under Virtual Campus Visit.

This is just an example of one university. Information on visiting campuses YOU are interested in is just a few clicks away! So on your next break from those online classes, take a few minutes to remember what awaits you after all that work---COLLEGE! Go virtual and go visit!


Posted 4/23/20: COVID and ACT/SAT

Students have begun receiving their score reports from the ACT test they took at school back in February. I would love to talk with you if you have questions about your scores or would just like to talk them over related to your college plans. Please shoot me an email with your score so I can enter it into SCOIR.

Coronavirus Updates

Taking/retaking the college entrance exams (both ACT and SAT) is really up in the air right now with the coronavirus crisis. Right now, ACT has summer tests scheduled for June 13 and July 18. You can view summer dates and how to register here: ACT home page. However, the June SAT was just cancelled, so I think it is a strong possibility that one or more of the summer ACT tests could be cancelled as well. August and September test dates (for either test) are also worth considering as your scores would be available in time for early decision/early action college applications. The ACT will also be offering section retesting beginning with the September test. This is NEW and will allow you to retake only the sections you'd like to improve instead of the entire test.

There have also been reports that both ACT and SAT may offer at-home testing, either late summer or early fall. They are working on this now. Another thing that is happening is that many colleges have moved/are considering moving to test optional for applications in the 2020-21 year due to the pandemic crisis. Both of these changes could affect your decision on when/if to retake the test.

Where would I retake ACT or take SAT?

You would retake the ACT at an ACT Testing Center (usually local high schools or community colleges). PCA is not a testing center, but Crest is. When you register online for the test, you will see the location options you can choose from. Starting in July, you will be able to see which sites offer online ACT testing--the benefit to this is that you can get your results almost immediately (2 days) instead of 6-8 weeks. (!) We don't have information at this time on if/when a rescheduled SAT at PCA may be offered for you. If you want to go ahead and register for a fall SAT test, you can find dates and do that here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines There is a lot of helpful information on SAT Coronavirus updates here: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

New ACT Options

Starting with the September ACT test, there will be new options to choose from. Section retesting, as I mentioned, but also superscoring, where ACT will report your highest score in each section (from multiple test dates) rather than just your highest composite (overall) score. You can find out more and watch a video here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/act-september-2020.html

Costs?

The ACT costs $52-68. The SAT costs $50-65. If your family income meets certain criteria, you may qualify for a fee waiver for both tests, which covers the cost. Please contact me for more information.


Posted 3/19/20: Here's a list of helpful activities to do at home with students of all ages: Home Activities


Posted 3/18/20:

  • Free resource for coping during this challenging time: The ebook Mindfulness & Other Natural Treatments for ADHD is now free of charge. We hope you will download it and put to use its strategies for practicing deep breathing, yoga, and mindful meditation during this stressful time. This resource is great for all students.

  • Check out this COVID-19 library of articles about parenting, working, and managing anxiety during the time of coronavirus.

  • Video Message from Dr. Martin posted March 16, 2020

Movie on 3-16-20 at 3.31 PM.mov

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am the high school counselor at PCA, and I am so excited to be a part of the PCA family. You can learn more about me from the About tab at the top of the page. Together we will work towards academic success, personal and social development, and college and career readiness.

My Philosophy...

I believe that every student has a natural capacity for positive growth and development. It is my goal to help create an environment that is conducive to the discovery and fulfillment of this potential. Each of us is unique and has something to contribute to our learning community. By knowing and living into our own strengths of character, we can perform at our best. (You can discover your signature strengths with this free Character Strengths Survey here!)