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Senior Class Newsletter February 2019


Mr. Woods 

The Senior Prom will be held at Riverside Golf Club on Saturday, April 13th. Students can purchase tickets at the activities office starting Monday, March 20th or tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost is $20 per person. Dates who are not from Grand Island Senior High must be registered when you purchase your tickets. The doors will be open at 8:00 p.m. for pictures by Hal Maggiore Photography. Students must pay for pictures when they are taken. Packets range from $15 to $45. Music will play from 8:30-11:30 p.m. The prom theme is Masquerade.


Post Prom

Hope Rojas

It’s all hands on deck for 2019 Post Prom on April 13th 2019. GISH has a reputation for providing seniors and their dates an amazing evening of games, food, hypnotists and fun following Prom. This is a late night but a night full of unforgettable memories. If you could help in some capacity we would absolutely appreciate it. Many hands lighten the load!

The first informational meeting was held on January 23rd. If you did not get an opportunity to make it- NO PROBLEM!  A second meeting will be set in February, so keep an eye out for an email to come regarding date and time.  It would help us to hear from each of the parents/guardians as soon as possible as to where you would like to assist.

Your student and their date will need to have a ticket to attend post prom. Tickets are $20 per person, (not to be confused with prom tickets, which also cost $20 per person). Your student has the opportunity to buy post prom tickets in advance at Parent Teacher Conferences the week of February 11th. Purchasing a ticket in advance will give your student 15 chances to win prizes vs. only 5 chances if purchased the week of Prom. Only GISH seniors are eligible to win prizes. Please plan to stop by our table at Parent Teacher Conferences and find out what you can do to help!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hope Rojas at or or call 308-383-2936 

Again, thank you in advance for making this event possible for our Seniors. Look for more information to come!


Recommendation Letters

When asking teachers and employers for letters of recommendation, it is a good policy to ask them if they feel they can give you a positive recommendation. If the teacher cannot recommend you enthusiastically, you should thank them for their honesty and ask someone else. Please allow teachers and counselors 3-5 days (even more is better) to complete your recommendations. Also, be sure to tell teachers what they need to do with your recommendation when they are finished writing it. You should provide your references with an addressed, stamped envelope if you want them to mail your recommendation. Recommendations are considered confidential and students should not expect to see letters of recommendation unless the teacher or counselor agrees to give you a copy. If you are instructed to include your references with your application package, you should inform your references beforehand.


Avoid Senioritis

Sometimes a dreaded disease known as Senioritis can attack our second semester seniors. This disease can be fatal. It often attacks a senior’s GPA, class rank, or post-secondary plans. Seniors often want to drop classes and take less than a full load. The last semester of your senior year is as important as any previous semester. Do not get lulled into the belief that second semester doesn’t matter. This semester, like all semesters, goes on your permanent record! Universities, colleges, and employers often look at your performance and attendance in your last semester. Many seniors need to do well in their classes to earn the appropriate amount of credits to meet graduation or college entrance requirements. Numerous seniors still need to apply, apply and apply to colleges and for scholarships. Please do not jeopardize your May graduation and/or class standing by becoming lax or being irresponsible with your commitments. GET GOING! FINISH STRONG!


Where are you in the FAFSA process?

EducationQuest  Omaha – 888.357.6300  Lincoln – 800.303.3745  Kearney – 800.666.3721

Getting financial aid for college involves more than completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Make sure you get through each step of the process so that you don’t miss out on money for college.

Did you complete and submit a 2019-20 FAFSA? If you haven’t, complete the form at using 2017 income tax data. Before you start, you and a parent must each get an FSA ID at You’ll need the FSA IDs to access and sign your FAFSA.

If you DID submit a FAFSA, here’s what happens next:

  • Expect a Student Aid Report (SAR) via an email link. The SAR acknowledges that your FAFSA was received and lets you know if you need to take further action before the form can be processed.
  • You might receive a “verification” notification. The college(s) you listed on your FAFSA may contact you requesting documents to verify information you included on your FAFSA. You must provide those documents before your financial aid can be processed.
    Watch for an award letter from the college(s) you listed on your FAFSA. This will detail the types and amounts of financial aid they are offering you. You must have been accepted for admission before the college will send an award letter.
  • It’s critical that you watch your email and/or student portal carefully to ensure you don’t miss important information about admission and financial aid.


What you need to know about scholarships!

EducationQuest  Omaha – 888.357.6300  Lincoln – 800.303.3745  Kearney – 800.666.3721

Most scholarships are based on academics, but others are based on community service, school involvement, or talent. Some are based on financial need as determined by the results of your FAFSA.

Here’s where you can find scholarships:

  • ScholarshipQuest at houses over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. After you create a profile, you’ll be matched with scholarships that fit your criteria.
  • Your school counselor’s office. Visit regularly to check on local and national awards.
    The college you plan to attend. Contact the school for a list of scholarships they provide and application procedures.
  • National search sites such as College Board, Peterson’s, and Chegg.  
  • Other resources could include your coach, clubs and organizations, and your parents’ employers and civic organizations.
  • Click here for more details about scholarships and tips to help you complete a successful application.


Follow us on social media and you might win a $500 Scholarship!

EducationQuest  Omaha – 888.357.6300  Lincoln – 800.303.3745  Kearney – 800.666.3721

Nebraska students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to follow EducationQuest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for a chance to win a $500 Get Social Scholarship.

Each time EducationQuest reaches specific follower milestones on our social media pages, we’ll invite current and new followers to enter into a drawing for a $500 scholarship. We’ll conduct a:

Facebook drawing when we hit 7,750 followers
Twitter drawing when we hit 3,750 followers
Instagram drawing when we hit 1,500 followers

EducationQuest will continue to award $500 Get Social Scholarships each time we reach an additional 500 followers on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Click here for more details.

For free help with college planning, contact the EducationQuest location nearest you:

Kearney                                           Lincoln                                 Omaha

308-234-6310                                   402-475-5222                       402-391-4033                   

800-666-3721                                   800-303-3745                       888-357-6300            


Last Week Schedule & “Class Day”

Thursday      May 16           Full day of classes
                                             Islander Time (first 10 minutes) - Locker Check Out
                                             Textbooks returned

Friday            May 17          Senior Celebration & Graduation Rehearsal

Seniors meet in the Auditorium at 8:30 AM for Class Day

  • The 2019 class officers will address the class with a presentation celebrating the successes of graduation, and memories will be shared.
  • Student speakers
  • GISH Administrators address the class
  • Mr. Woods and Mr. Gilbertson run through graduation rehearsal procedures and expectations during graduation.
  • Seniors move to West Gym, Juniors will line the 400 wing hallway
  • Graduation rehearsal 
  • Seating order, walking in/out and name pronunciation
  • Cap and gown distribution (Provided student has no unpaid fines)
  • Provided all goes well, we should be done by 12:30 PM

Seniors must attend rehearsal to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

Seniors with outstanding fines will not be issued their caps and gowns after Graduation rehearsal until all materials are checked in or all fines are paid.



Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 19th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Heartland Events Center. Seniors, please meet at Fonner Park between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. to line up. Graduates should enter on the south side of the Events Center and report to the Fonner Park Concourse to line up. There will be plenty of room for your friends and relatives, and there is no charge for attending graduation. Guests of the graduates can enter the Heartland Events Center through the North or South doors and go up the stairs to find seating. The graduates will be seated on the ground floor.

After graduation families will be able to find their graduates exiting the Fonner Park Concourse either to the North or South of the Heartland Events Center into the parking lot. Make a plan ahead of time where you will meet your graduate outside; either the North or South parking lot.


Graduation Protocol

  • Photography on the arena floor is not allowed.
  • Noise making devices are not permitted.
  • Cell phones should be silenced.
  • Guest should stay for the entire ceremony and not leave before the last graduate leaves the arena floor.
  • No silly string or beach balls allowed.


Diploma Distribution

Students will be issued their empty diploma jackets during the graduation ceremony. Students must pick up their actual diploma and health records in the Fonner Park Concourse following the ceremony, provided their behavior at the graduation ceremony is appropriate. Please check that your name is correct on your diploma. GISH DOES NOT RECEIVE COPIES OF THE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, NOR WILL GISH REPLACE LOST DIPLOMAS. Your permanent record is your transcript, not your high school diploma.


Graduation Attire

Caps and gowns will be distributed during graduation rehearsal, which will be at Friday, May 17th. NHS students are reminded to wear their gold Honor Cords, and the top 15% should wear the medallions, which will be distributed after rehearsal. Students ranking number one should wear the white stole, which will be distributed as students check in with Mr. Woods prior to graduation. The stoles must be returned to Mr. Woods after the ceremony to receive the diploma.

Boys are expected to wear dress pants and dark shoes; a shirt and tie are recommended. No one in jeans or shorts will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Girls are expected to wear a dress, skirt, or slacks and blouse, and dress shoes. Tennis shoes, sports wear, or any other type of casual attire like blue jeans or t-shirts are not appropriate. GISH school dress code applies. No extraneous materials should be attached to your cap and gown. This means no tape on your cap! Grand Island students in the past have treated graduation like the formal ceremony it is intended to be. We expect this year’s class and their families to do likewise. If you plan to throw your cap after the ceremony, which is traditional, please make sure your name is in it. Lost caps can be picked up after the graduation in the concourse.


Graduation Pictures

Since family is not allowed on the main floor during the ceremony, a local photographer, Hal Maggorie, will take pictures during graduation. He will be on the ground floor and will take a picture of each graduate as they receive their diploma. The week after graduation, Hal Maggorie Photography will send a packet to your home so you can order graduation pictures. Call 381-7603 if you have questions for Hal Maggorie about a graduation picture packet. GISH will not be videotaping the graduation.

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