The Guidance Department of James S. Rickards High School is dedicated to the academic, emotional, mental, social, and physical well-being of every student on our campus. We take a holistic approach with our students as we are concerned not only with how they are doing in class, but also how they are doing in other activities outside of class.
Our Guidance Counselors are prepared to assist you with finding information related to college applications; scholarship searches; dual enrollment; testing; emotional, social, and mental wellness; and a variety of other topics.
FASFEPA – Scholarship Opportunity
The Florida Association of State and Federal Education Program Administrators (FASFEPA) is pleased to announce the three scholarship programs (Vivian Scott Scholarship (Students), Instructional Support Personnel Scholarship, and Dr. Ulysses G. Horne, Jr., Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Scholarship for Educational Leadership). One is designed to support students as they attend college, the second is for paraprofessionals who are enrolled in a post-secondary teacher preparation program and the third is for teachers and other staff enrolled in a post-graduate degree program in Educational Leadership. Application are due February 28, 2018. Please see your guidance counselor for an application packet.
New Start Scholarship in Memory of David and Nancy Lawrence
The New Start Scholarship in Memory of David and Nancy Lawrence was established to assist young individuals who have had involvement with the Juvenile Justice system and who want to create a New Start by attending Tallahassee Community College. The scholarship is supported by a large number of members of the community who believe that with a New Start, these students can and will turn their lives around. See your guidance counselor for more information.
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Florida State University would like to invite all incoming male students to apply for the $500 Men of Principle Scholarship.
The scholarship is given to the Florida State non-Greek affiliated male student who best demonstrates the values of Beta Theta Pi, makes a positive impact on the people and the community around him, and excels academically.
If any students wish to pursue this opportunity please have them fill out the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/XWpSunZrPHMCS6X92.
L3 Airline Academy
L3 Airline Academy is an accredited Flight Academy that trains professional pilots around the world including Sanford and Jacksonville Florida locations. There are scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors worth up to $35,000 as well as several $10,000 scholarships for future pilots. There are also several scholarships for future female aviation cadets.
On Saturday January 27th they will be hosting one of their Be A Pilot Career Expos at their academy located at the Sanford International Airport. There is no cost to attend the event as long as guests register on our website. They will have 13 of thier airline partners as well as University and College partners on hand to discuss degrees in aviation.
Below is the Scholarship link for more information.
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
The Army Educational Outreach Program’s (AEOP) apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn about STEM research in a university or Department of Defense laboratory.
REAP offers high school students a research experience in a university lab. Visit the link below to apply.
HSAP offers students who will be rising high school juniors and seniors during the summer of the internship a research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Visit the link below to apply.
SEAP is a high school program that matches students with scientists in a Department of Defense Lab. Visit the link below to apply.
Student applications close on February 28, 2018
Pamela Hampton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody Fortin, email@example.com
Renie O’Mara, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Ardouin, email@example.com
TCC Scholarship Fair
Thursday, February 1, 2018| 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
TCC Fine & Performing Arts Center-Main Campus
About Lockheed Martin’s Code Quest®
Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest.” The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers.
Code Quest 2018 will take place Saturday, April 21, 2018 at several Lockheed Martin facilities, including:
- Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (new location)
- Dallas, Texas (new location)
- Denver, Colorado
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Greenville, South Carolina (new location)
- Huntsville, Alabama (new location)
- King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
- Marietta, Georgia
- Moorestown, New Jersey
- Orlando, Florida
- Ottawa, Canada (new location)
- Owego, New York
- Palmdale, California
- Stratford, Connecticut
- Suffolk, Virginia (new location)
- Sunnyvale, California
- Washington DC
- Whiteley, United Kingdom
We look forward to seeing you April 21 for Code Quest 2018!
Registration opens January 29, 2018.
We want you to be among the first to know that registration for Code Quest® 2018 will open Monday, Jan. 29. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Your school may register at only one location. When registration opens, each location will announce how many teams it will accept from your school. Registration for all sites will close on Friday, March 30.
Please visit the Lockheed Martin Code Quest site for official rules and eligibility requirements for each Code Quest location.
Feel free to forward this message to additional teachers and students in your communities to help us get the word out. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Search – January 27th , 11am
Learn different websites to mass search for scholarships. Learn which apps students are using to find scholarships. Begin applying for scholarships! For more information and RSVP, please contact Andrea @ 850-906-9494 or email@example.com
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Best & Brightest Winners
Art: Trenton McCray
Athletics: Pawan Badisa
Business: Ean Scanameo
Career Technical: Anvitha Mandapati
Drama & Performing Arts: Shreya Kondapalli
English & Language Arts: Sarah Halbert
Foreign Language: Brenda Gikunda
Journalism & Media Production: Phillip Wright
Leadership: Tareq Salley
Mathematics: Carson Jones
Music: Josie Kriss
Public Speaking: Katherine Sorrell
Science & Health: Charitha Moparthy
Social Science: Olivia Saunders
Technology: Hana Kiros
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1890 National Scholars Program application period is open until January 31, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/ .
College Reach Out Program/Engineering
The CROP-ENG High School Program serves students in grades 9-12 who want to attend college and major in a STEM program. The Saturday Enrichment Program begins at 9:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm on every other Saturday during the academic year. The academy meets at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.
Services Provided include:
- Test Prep
- Summer Career Exploration
- Design Competition
- Research Opportunities
For more information, contact your guidance counselor or go to: www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/prospective
Talquin Electric is looking for leaders. If you are a leader in your Community, school, or church, then you may be eligible for the Talquin Electric Youth Tour.
In order to Qualify:
- Students must currently be enrolled as a junior
- Students must have a close relative who is currently a Talquin Member
- Students must live in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty or Wakulla
Chosen representatives will participate in a two day conference and be eligible for selection to represent Talquin at a youth conference in Washington D.C.
The deadline is December 8 and applications can be downloaded at: www.talquinelectric.com/about/talquin-youth
2017-2018 Parent Night Dates
- September 26… IB Freshman
- September 28… IB Sophomore and Junior
- October 3… Senior Parent Night (joint) with break out for IB after general / Clearing House begins @ 5:30pm
- October 4… IB College Application Day
- October 6… Non-IB/Non-AVID College Application Day
- October 24… Freshman-Juniors Parent Night
ACE- Credit Recovery
Ace Classes will begin on August 28. 2017, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, in room 1432.
PERT testing for students who need the score to qualify for Dual Enrollment will take place September 6 and 7. Students who wish to take the test should sign up with Ms. Bradwell in the front office by Friday September 1st .
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at James S. Rickards
The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards . The PSAT will be administered to all 10th grade students free of charge ; 9th and 11th grade students wanting to take the PSAT may sign up with Dr. McNeil in the IB office . The cost of the exam is $15.00 .
Military Academy Day
The Office of Congressman Al Lawson Jr. will be hosting Military Academy Day in Tallahassee, Florida August 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The Bethel Life Center 406 North Bronough Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Military Academy Day is a day when students and parents will be able to talk with representatives from each of our Nation’s 5 Military Academy’s about the nomination process, academy life, and any other questions they may have.
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