Cedar High School

Counseling Center

Welcome to the Cedar High School Counseling Center. Here you will find information and support for your journey through high school and beyond. As a community based school that focuses on interdisciplinary and integrated learning, we have unique opportunities to work together in ways that represent life after high school. Cedar is guided by the core values of Collaboration, Engagment, Diversity, Agency, Respect with vision that will inspire students to be active, engaged citizens in their community and advocates for their own futures. If you need something that cannot be found here, please let your school counselor, Susie Honaker Wirzbicki, know shwirzbicki@sheltonschools.org.

Scholarships for November and December 2021-2022

Find more opportunities at: https://gearup.wa.gov/educators/scholarships and our list of scholarship search engines and databases.

  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships. When deciding which colleges, you want to apply to, aim to have at least six schools on your list, including three reach, two matches, and one safety. Seniors who strengthen their college list will earn a chance at a $500 scholarship!

  • Campus Pride Social Justice Mini-Grants for Activism. Grant Awards: Up to $600 to individuals, student organizations, or campuses. Priority consideration: Efforts that focus on 18-26-year-old young adults. Advocating for LGBTQ awareness, programming, and initiatives within a social justice lens addressing intersections of ethnicity, race, class, ability, faith/spirituality, etc. Rolling deadlines.

  • WSECU Scholarships. The next application period is Dec. 13, 2021 to Feb. 14, 2022. WSECU members of all ages are welcome to apply. $2,000 is awarded for two-year colleges and vocational schools. $3,000 is awarded for four-year undergraduate and graduate programs.

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ACT SIX - Portland

(Full Tuition) - Act Six will award 14 scholarships to George Fox University and Warner Pacific College. Act Six scholars are chosen through a rigorous, highly competitive, three-phase selection process that spans four months.


ACT SIX - Spokane

(Full Tuition) - Act Six will award 8 scholarships to Gonzaga University and Whitworth University. Act Six scholars are chosen through a rigorous, highly competitive, three-phase selection process that spans four months.


ACT SIX - Tacoma-Seattle

(Full Tuition) - Act Six will award 30 scholarships to Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Martin's University, and Whitworth University. Act Six scholars are chosen through a rigorous, highly competitive, three-phase selection process that spans four months.


ACT SIX - Yakima Valley

(Full Tuition) - Act Six will award 11 scholarships to Heritage University and Pacific Lutheran University. Act Six scholars are chosen through a rigorous, highly competitive, three-phase selection process that spans four months.


NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests and encourages them to pursue their passions.


Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program

For high-performing HS seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community.


Poetry Out Loud

This national poetry recitation competition is for 9-12 graders.


10 Words or Less Scholarship

($500) - In 10 words or less, say why you deserve the scholarship.


Education Matters

($5,000) - In 250 words or less submit a response to the question: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" This award is for U.S. students. Must be 14 years of age or older and a legal U.S. resident.


Lt. Governor’s Washington World Fellowship

Must be nominated. The WA World Fellowship is a 2.5-year global leadership program that aims to empower young leaders through college preparation, leadership training, and international travel. Open to 15 new students each year, the fellowship is administered at no cost to its participants. Starting in their sophomore year, Fellows begin a rigorous college preparation program that includes college research, mentoring, and preparation for college entrance exams. The program helps students prepare their college and scholarship applications, supports their academic goals, and more.


Dell Scholars Program.

($20,000) - The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student’s determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. Our scholars have demonstrated grit, potential and ambition in their quest for a college education.


Community Health Professions Academy (CHPA)

For Youth 13-18. Scholars participate in hands-on activities, panel and group discussions, and mentorship from current health professional students at UW. Find the application for the CHPA program here.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Scholarships

Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) can apply in 28 categories of art and writing.


Generation Google Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, demonstrated leadership, and academic performance.


Google Lime Scholarship

Candidates will be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science.


AXA Achievement Scholarship.

($2,500-$25,000) - This award is available for U.S. high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the upcoming school year.


Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

($20,000) - Honors student athletes who demonstrate excellence in school, on their sports teams, & in their communities.


Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Public school teachers nationwide can help their school win a share of $2M* in Samsung technology by entering the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.


Scholarship Poetry Contest - Spring Issue

Open to all U.S. HS students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less. Up to $500.


Top Ten List Scholarship

($1,500) - In 250 words or less submit a response to the question: "Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship."


Unigo $10K Scholarship

($10,000) - Submit an online written response to the question: "2020 was a year to be remembered. What will you remember most about 2020 and why is it important to you?" (250 words or less)


NASA Student Art Contest

Theme differs each year - Open to K12 students.


Watch below for monthly updates to targets for 9th-12th grade planning purposes

Academic and High School and Beyond information

9th-12th grade

All students benifit from being at school daily and engaged in the collaborative opportunites at Cedar. If you are not able to be in attendance on campus, please log into Echo and work to the best of your ability. You can also message your teachers as needed. There is a check in form for those days that helps us know you are making progress and lets you ask questions when needed.

As a New Tech Network school, grades are based on the traditional Knowledge and Skill but additionally on Colaboration, Engagement, Written and Spoken Communication, and Agency.

Academic and High School and Beyond information

11th grade

Sophmores and Juniors were inventoried this week to see if they would like to take the PSAT . Currently we are working with SHS for access to the PSAT on Oct. 16th. After taking this assessment, students will gain infomation and advising access to supports as they make plans for moving forward. This can be to study for the SAT or to use the career inventory moving forward with planning. Thank you to Angie Gourley and SHS for supporting this endevor with us.

Academic and High School and Beyond information

12th grade

Seniors- It Is Time!


Join us in thanking Gear UP for helping us with our FAFSA ID event during the school day 9/27



If you would like further supports, Oct. 14th students will have support available 10/14 1:30-3:30 on campus and/or by zoom with families 5:30-7pm

ALSO- a very helpful text service called Otterbot is available for free. Text Hi Otter to 360-928-7281 for help with Financial Aid!

The above graphic is the outline from OSPI regarding the HSBP graduation requirement. We use My School Data as our resource for this requirement along with You Science inventories through advisory. Ask your student (or check yourself if you are the student) to take a look each year as this dream turns into a plan. The student can access it through Skyward. Before graduating, all students will complete their HSBP as well as the required credits/courses and testing requirements.

YouScience - Empowering Intentional Individualized Success and Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021 | SBE (wa.gov)

What Does Your School Counselor Do?

Open this for a technical outline of what your school counselor can do for you

Academic, Personal/Social and Career and College Readiness School Counseling

As your school counselor, I want to support you to make your best plans and choices. I understand that a neutral and confidential resource can help you find your way. You may need brief and strategic one on one counseling to support you through a challenge. You may need a referral to at trusted resource for more serious or on going situations. You may want to discuss your options for after high school. You may need support to negotiate a challenge in your personal life.

I am so grateful to be your school counselor. I worked as a teacher in Kent at a Junior High, a Alternative High School, and an inter-disciplinary program like Cedar. I moved to Choice when my kids were small and they had a day care. I became a school counselor in 07' at SHS and have been there ever since. Working together as you launch your dreams into plans is absolutely a thrill.

Thank you for this opportunity!

Susie Honaker Wirzbicki

shwirzbicki@sheltonschools.org Call or Text 530-431-8030 7:30-3:30

*All counseling is confidential in nature for people over the age of 14 unless you are being harmed, you are harming someone, or a crime has been committed. Be assured, I will work with you in support for what kind of reporting may happen next if the situation warrants. You deserve to be safe and well. .

FAQs for YOU

  • Here's a list I have used often for support with housing, food, mental health referrals:

Resources often shared that have been helpful and here is a more extensive list of local resources . Want the whole fat file of fun? The most extensive list I have:) Here's a new one:

  • Cedar HS is a community that addresses conflicts and works together to solve them. Please work with Amber Hosford ahosford@sheltonschools.org if you feel this is not resolved on campus in a way that gives you access to your educational rights. If you have a situation you want to report to the district office or you need more information about Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, here is the district resource page.

Bullying - Shelton School District (sheltonschools.org)

  • Let's say you want to know more about Running Start? There will be an information night in the winter for prospective students, but for general information, check here:

Running Start | Olympic College

  • Signing up for the SAT or the ACT is rather simple once you get started. Additionally, many Juniors take either one of these tests in the spring and then again in the fall of their senior year if their scores need support for admissions purposes. Reminder, only universities require these tests AND there is a new wave of schools moving to 'test optional' so check your desired schools' admissions requirements. *students who qualify for free/reduced lunch should see Susie for a fee waiver.

The ACT - Solutions for College and Career Readiness | ACT and The SAT | College Board