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FBI Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)

On July 11, 12, and 13, 2018, the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will host the FBI Youth Leadership Academy (YLA).  The YLA is designed to promote an educational experience that will provide students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI.  Through interactive physical challenges and classroom discussions we seek to further explain to youth how the FBI addresses the concerns of the community.  Utilizing FBI strategic planning techniques and exercises, participants will have the opportunity to hone their decision-making and leadership skills.

We would like the YLA to be comprised of top-notch students from a variety of high schools.  If you know of a quality student that would be interested in applying, simply have them complete the 2018 YLA application and return it by Sunday, April 1, 2018.  The application, which requires a signature from both a parent or guardian and the principal, must also be accompanied by an essay of no more than 500 words.  Applications will be reviewed and 20 students will be selected to participate.

To be considered, the applicant must: have completed their junior year, and not yet completed high school by 7/11/18; have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); possess qualities of leadership, scholastic achievement and good citizenship; commit to attending the entire program; and write an essay of no more than 500 words depicting their interest in the program and how it will enhance their future plans.

Completed applications and essays should be mailed to: Kathryn Sipes, Community Outreach Specialist, FBI Indianapolis, 8825 Nelson B. Klein Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46250, or emailed to  All applications must be received by April 1, 2018.   2018 YLA applications will be reviewed and 20 students will be selected to participate. Parents and/or guardians do not have to be present for the sessions. Students must arrange their own transportation. There is no cost for students to participate; lodging and all meals are included.

New Scholarship Opportunities: 2018

ExtraordinAIRy Treasures (Deadline 5/31/18)…..Fifteen (15) $1,000 ExtraordinAIRy Treasures scholarships are very unique, so please read the following and pass on the information. Williams Comfort Air created ExtraordinAIRy Treasures in 2009 to honor individuals who showcase extraordinary qualities on a daily basis giving comfort, hope, inspiration, respect, service, and love to those around them. Williams Comfort Air values education and has a great appreciation for ALL career paths in life. ALL of these careers are vital to society; and, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to receive a continuing education scholarship. This year, Williams Comfort Air will award fifteen (15) $1,000 ExtraordinAIRy Treasures scholarships. These scholarships are unique in many ways: 1. There is NO GPA requirement for these scholarships.,  2. ALL career paths are eligible., 3. The student can attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, vocational college, or a trade school., 4. The student has NO PART in applying for these scholarships., 5. Students are nominated with an essay written by a parent, teacher, counselor, neighbor, employer, etc. The essay should convey why this high school senior is an ExtraordinAIRy Treasure to our future by including an overview of the nominee’s life skills in action such as perseverance in overcoming difficult circumstances, integrity, kindness, and commitment to community to name a few. Tell us who your nominee is at heart. Williams Comfort Air Committee will select the fifteen scholarship recipients. All scholarships are a one-time scholarship. Williams Comfort Air will accept nominations through May 31, 2018. Forward this information to your teachers, parents, and fellow students encouraging them to nominate a senior whom they feel is a treasure. Website:

Indiana State Warren M. Anderson Diversity Scholarship (Deadline 2/15/18)…..Qualified entering freshman students must: be an incoming freshman, have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA; a “Core 40” or other college-preparatory high school diploma. The Warren M. Anderson Diversity Scholarship is intended for underrepresented minorities. Website:

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award (Deadline 1/31/19)…..Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses. Website:

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest (Deadline 2/28/18)…..1. COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION. Click to enter the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest between January 15, 2018, and February 28, 2018. Complete and save all requested information. 2. WRITE YOUR ESSAY. Choose the African-American you want to write about. It could be someone famous, a relative or a person you know. Just make sure the individual inspires and motivates you. For guidance, review the “How to Enter” instructions and the “Contest Judging Criteria” in sections 4 and 5 of the Official Rules, and be sure your essay is 500 words or less. You can write your essay directly in the application or you can copy and paste it into the appropriate area in the application form. 3. REVIEW AND SUBMIT. Review your information, check your essay for spelling and submit your entry by 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time on February 28, 2018. 4. AWAIT NOTIFICATION. Winning essays are selected by an independent panel of judges who are not affiliated with Regions. Students with winning essays will be notified by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS) in April or May 2018. If your essay is selected, you will need to respond to ISTS with the required information. Scholarship checks will be awarded by July 31, 2018. Eligibility: To be eligible to enter this contest and to win an award, you must be either a high school senior or a college freshman, sophomore or junior and meet all of the following criteria. HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Be a legal U.S. resident of either Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas; Be age 13 or older; Be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the states listed above; Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0; Plan to attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 academic school year. Webite:

College Reminders for the Class of 2019

If you want to sign up for a college planning meeting with me, stop by or email me and we can find a time to meet at your convenience. If your family wants to meet with me as well, they can select a meeting time or email me to coordinate another time. Before we meet, please complete the College Autobiography. Many teachers require this before they write letters of recommendation, but it also allows me to ask questions as you plan which campuses to visit, what majors to consider, etc.
There are lots of ways you can prepare for the SAT/ACT now to increase your scores. Many colleges, scholarships, and academic majors have specific test score minimums. Do not underestimate how preparation can help you!
  • Your grades this semester matter a lot. They are so important for college applications. 
  • Your senior schedule matters a lot. Colleges absolutely care what you take senior year. 
  • You want to start visiting colleges now. Register online through the admission office website for each college
  • When you register for the SAT/ACT, select schools to receive your scores automatically. Almost all colleges require scores to be sent directly from the testing service rather than from your high school, and it is free to send them when you take the test. 
  • Ask questions! We are here to help you. The more work you put into your college search now, the easier your senior year will be. 
  • Complete your applications in August. Just trust me on this one. 

PSAT Results: Fall 2017


You can now view your PSAT scores online with your CollegeBoard login. Counselors will deliver the paper score reports to homerooms after Christmas break. If you use your PSAT scores correctly, you can improve your SAT scores, increase your academic potential, and focus your college search.


When you log into your CollegeBoard account, you will first see your most recent scores. For information on how to “Get the Most from Your Score Report,” view the PSAT video:


You will be able to view your total score as well as the Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.13 AMsubscores and benchmarks. The percentiles and benchmarks are useful to see where you have room to improve, but do not panic if you do not yet meet the benchmarks. The purpose of a practice test is to help you know where you can improve, and your BCHS counselors are here to help you prepare now to meet the benchmarks on future tests.



Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.26 AMThe subscores demonstrate smaller areas of proficiency or areas of improvement. You will be able to break down the larger areas to see where you can focus your preparation before you take the SAT. This allows the study and preparation process to be less intimidating. For example, one week you can focus on questions that deal with Words in Context and then move on to Expression of Ideas rather than feeling overwhelmed and not starting at all.



Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.38 AMFor Juniors Only: This section shows you your National Merit Scholarship eligibility. If there is an asterisk next to your NMSC selection index number, you do not qualify for the scholarship program. As discussed in junior Theology classes, a high index score is still beneficial to you in other ways. Please see Mrs. Nixon for more clarification.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.49 AMPAPER REPORT PART 4: NEXT STEPS

This section of the report really breaks down your strengths and areas of growth. You can build confidence by seeing what you already do well (on the left) and continue to learn more about where you have room to improve (on the right). Using the suggestions in the right-hand column truly does give you the chance to focus your energy on improving your skills.

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This section of the report allows you to view every question you missed, the correct answer, and your incorrect guess. You can break down where you went wrong on your incorrect guess, the reasoning for the correct answer, and what you can expect going forward when you take the SAT. This is such a valuable tool for you as you set up your Khan Academy account and complete practice questions for your future College Board tests.


Thank you to the CollegeBoard for making their Suite of Assessments so user-friendly and cohesive this year!