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Weekly Update [November 18, 2019]
So sorry, I forgot to send on Friday.....

Progress reports went home today with students. 

On Tuesday, November 26th ACHS would like to encourage ALL students to invite a "Special Person" to join them for lunch.  It's the season of thanks so we want to give you the opportunity to honor a special person in your life.  This could be your parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, or another important person in your life.  In order to assist with food preparation, we are asking that you sign up in either the main or east wing office to let us know you will be bringing a guest.   Cost for the meal will be $3.75. 

Give back some love by recognizing your special person on November 26th!

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Late registration for the December ACT is still open for your students! Need help encouraging your students to register? Here are five reasons they should take the test on December 14:
  1. Students can order a Test Information Release (TIR) during registration to receive a copy of the multiple-choice test questions, the student's answers, and the answer key. TIR can be as a helpful study tool for the next ACT. (The next TIR opportunity doesn’t occur again until the April ACT!)
  2. Students can enjoy winter break!
  3. Students can send 4 score reports to colleges for free.
  4. Sophomores and juniors can explore how their interests align with college and career goals.
  5. Seniors can get scores back in time to apply for schools with rolling admissions deadlines.

Help your students end the year on a high note. Registration officially ends on November 22, so encourage your students to register today!

We are reaching out to let you know that we have a new scholarship available to incoming and/or currently enrolled high school and college-aged women for $1,000. All majors are welcome to apply, and the topic of the required essay is female entrepreneurship. As The Hair Bow Company was started and continues to run because of powerful women, we want to encourage young ladies to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. 


They will need to submit a 250-500 word essay on female entrepreneurship.

Here is a link to the scholarship page with more information on how to apply:

You are welcome to link to this page and share this scholarship opportunity.

Thank you for your time, and we hope this scholarship will benefit one of your students!


The Hair Bow Company Team

Democratic Woman's Club of Anderson County "Jill Hurst Memorial Scholarship"/Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky Scholarship available in the guidance office.  Due date is February 3, 2020.

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Kentucky Association of School Business Officials (KASBO) awards $2,500 to three Kentucky high school graduating seniors who will major in business or education. 


Please go to our website at to find the scholarship application, instructions and a counselor verification form. 


The deadline for submission is December 16, 2019.  Please note NO handwritten applications are allowed.  Please do not staple pages together. 


Judy Spalding, KASBO Scholarship Chair


On Saturday, November 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Anderson County Band will be hosting our 5th annual Mattress Fundraiser. The Anderson County Band has had another outstanding season and needs your help to get the word out to your family and friends about our Mattress Sale.  Please send the Facebook link, or other social media methods to anyone you know who might be looking to update or purchase a new bed.  These mattresses are very high quality products and their purchase will go to help fund our Band.


I have included a link to the Facebook event page that you could also share to help us promote.  This event is Saturday, November 16th, at the Freshman Center.  Thanks again for your help in spreading the word and your continued support of the Anderson County Band.


Sharing the below link can really help us spread the word!


CHA is an exciting three-week residential opportunity for rising high school seniors (this year's juniors). During the three weeks, students earn 6 hours of college-level honors credit, have the opportunity to take 6 additional hours tuition free during their senior year, and earn a $2,000 housing scholarship for four years if they attend Murray State. More importantly, they have the opportunity to meet motivated, high achieving students from across the region and learn from some of the best faculty we have to offer. 

This year, we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and our theme "Growing into Ourselves" will ask everyone to reflect on where they've been and look towards the future. 

Our applications are up and running on the CHA website, and this year they are in an easy-to-fill-out Google form. 

Interested students should have approximately a 3.5 GPA, a 25 composite on their ACT (or similar score on PSAT/SAT), and be at least 16 years old when CHA occurs (June 6-27). If you have students on the borderline, encourage them to apply. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I would be more than happy to talk with you over the phone, or use Zoom/Skype/Google Hangouts to chat with your students and answer any of their questions. 


Commonwealth Honors Academy
Murray State University Honors College
304 Lowry Center
Murray, KY 42071-3385


Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Helping Rural Students Graduate College Debt Free

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. The scholarship provides up to $6,000 each semester, for up to eight consecutive semesters, to help recipients graduate college debt free. Over Eight Hundred Hagan Scholars from 42 states are currently attending 325 colleges and universities.

Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents and enroll at a four-year not-for-profit college or university the first semester following high school graduation. Scholarship benefits include Free WorkshopsSchwab Accounts, and Study Abroad; providing recipients with a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as a part of the school curriculum. 


Seniors....Balfour was here Monday, November 4th at 10:30 am for a meeting about cap and gowns.  Please note that this year's gown is unique so everyone must order a new gown.  Order form is attached.
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The following is special joint message from Kentucky's Commissioner of Public Health and Kentucky's Commissioner of Education regarding the dangers of youth vaping and e-cigarette use. 

Dear Superintendents, Principals and Counselors:

The skyrocketing popularity and use of vaping products by children and youth has resulted in a recent outbreak of severe lung injury. We are writing to share important educational information and links to resources for school administrators, teachers, parents and students about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use and vaping.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has been investigating 30 potential cases of possible severe lung injury due to vaping. Of these 30 cases, three have been confirmed as vaping related illnesses, nine are probable cases and seven have been ruled out. Eleven cases are still under investigation. Of the nine probable cases, two of them were under the age of 18. As of Oct. 22, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of more than 1,600 cases in 49 states, and is reporting that there have been at least 34 deaths including a 17-year-old victim.  

The unprecedented increase in vaping by youth and young adults between 2017 and 2018 prompted the U.S. surgeon general to issue a public health advisory, which is an action taken only four times in the past 20 years. High school students increased tobacco use by 78% and middle school students increased tobacco use by 48% within a year.  

E-cigarettes are harmful to youth and young adults who may develop a nicotine addiction more easily because their brains are still developing. Additionally, there is substantial evidence to suggest that when youth are introduced to electronic vaping products, they are more likely to try traditional tobacco products. This increase in youth use is halting the progress made over the past decade to prevent new life-long addictions to tobacco.

Schools with tobacco-free policies that include e-cigarettes promote a reduction in youth vaping. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, or if you would like additional resources on tobacco prevention or maintaining a tobacco-free school environment, please contact the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program at or (502) 564-9358.

Thank you so much for your commitment to keeping our children and youth healthy.


Angela T. Dearinger, M.D., MPH
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Public Health


Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D.
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education


Resources on Electronic Cigarettes

Youth Cessation Options (All Free of Charge)

  • Quit Now Kentucky - This tool provides free cessation services to youth and to young adults. Visit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • INDEPTH: An Alternative to Teen Nicotine Suspension or Citation - The American Lung Association offers a new program that helps schools and communities address teen vaping. INDEPTH is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the addiction.

Youth Prevention Programs for Educators

  • "Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-Cigarettes" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - This presentation is intended to inform youth about e-cigarettes.
  • CATCH My Breath: Youth E-cigarette Prevention Program (CATCH Global Foundation) - CATCH My Breath™ is a youth e-cigarette, vape, JUUL and vape prevention program specific to grades 5-12.
  • Stanford Medicine’s Tobacco Prevention Toolkit (Stanford University) - This tool is an educational resource that can be adapted to fit the individual needs of students in all settings, including elementary, middle and high schools; community-based organizations; and health-related agencies. Click here for more information about Stanford Medicine’s Prevention Toolkit.
  • ASPIRE (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center) - This is a bilingual, online tool that helps middle and high school teens learn about being tobacco free. It explains the dangers of tobacco use and offers information about ways to quit.

Sources for Parents

Resources for Students and Young Adults

General Research and Information



Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

Operation Gratitude Group from 2019 Scholars Retreat
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Help put promising young leaders in the running to join our 10th class of Scholars. Share this news with candidates who exemplify these characteristics inside and outside the classroom and encourage them to apply.
Applications for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until Jan. 3, 2020. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online. You may also follow us on Facebook and learn more about the Foundation’s other programs for students and educators.
We look forward to honoring these deserving student leaders next spring.

Student Leadership Program

Our Student Leadership Program is a week-long leadership camp for high school students, on-site here at the Reagan Library.
Leadership and the American Presidency

Administrators from each U.S. high school can recognize one outstanding graduating senior with a  
Ronald Reagan Leadership Medal.
Great Communicator Debate Series

High School students can compete for college scholarship money with our 
Great Communicator Debate Series.


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Attention Sophomores: Anyone interested in applying for the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) may pick up an application in Mrs. Thacker's office. The seminar takes place at Berea College, June 19-21, 2020. Applications are due by Friday, November 25th. Once applications have been collected, a committee will select one student to attend the seminar, free of charge. 
For more information on HOBY:

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October 2019 Update

Just Announced: Dates for 2020 GSE

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Change to the GSE Application

GSE will no longer accept team applications. All applicants will apply as individuals and teams will be built by GSE. More information to come upon the release of the 2020 GSE application. The 2020 GSE application opens on November 15th, 2019


______________________________________ Duke University Summer Session’s 2020 Programs NOW LIVE!

Heads up, students! The 2020 Duke University Summer Session info is ready for you! Check it out here.

Ask yourself: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Are you conducting ground-breaking research? Maybe you’re already a leader crafting policies that have a global impact. Or, are you tackling the world’s most complex challenges? At Duke University Summer Session you will take a thrilling first step toward your future success!

See you at Duke this summer!

Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Duke University
Director of Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students


The 2019 LEDapplication is now open!

LEDA is looking for juniors in high school who are highly motivated, have succeeded in advanced courses at their school, have the desire to be a leader, and have demonstrated compassion and care for their community.  See attached flyer for more information.

Steps2College Resource Page:

October 1st the FAFSA opens for seniors to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year.


ACT 2019-2020 Test Dates (National) to register
Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)


December 14, 2019November 8, 2019November 9-22, 2019  given @ ACHS
February 8, 2020January 10, 2020January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020February 28, 2020February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020May 8, 2020May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020*June 19, 2020June 20-26, 2020

Scholarship Info:

We are a member of the Go Merry Scholarship search site now. More info to come on local scholarships.


Kentucky Federation of Republican Women Scholarship available in the guidance office.

Post 4075 Veterans of Foreign War and Auxiliary are sponsoring the "Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition" and Youth American Creative Patriotic Art Award Program applications are available in the guidance office. 


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