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Senior Class Newsletter March 2019

PROM Eligibility                                                                                            

Mr. Woods

Only seniors who are passing classes they need to graduate are allowed to go to Prom.

Grades can be checked online with the parent portal or in person with the teacher. During the fall senior conference with your student’s counselor, the courses needed to graduate were reviewed. If you have questions about what is necessary to graduate, contact your student’s counselor. Your principal can answer questions about prom eligibility.


Corey Farlee (Island 1&2 Purple) - - EAST
Shaun Willey (Island 1&2 Gold) - - EAST

10th - 12th GRADE
Cathy Davis (A-Ch) - - WEST
Kathleen Cattle (Ci-Da & F-He) - - WEST
Melissa Luthi-Placke (De-E & Hf-L) - - WEST
Mindy Ulmer (M-Par) - - EAST
Larry Uhing (Q-Te) - - EAST
Dave Woods (Pas-Pz & Tf-Z) - - WEST

PROM -Repeat from last month

Mr. Woods

The Senior Prom will be held at Riverside Golf Club on Saturday, April 13th. The doors 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.


Prom Tickets

Mr. Woods

In order to buy tickets and attend Prom, seniors must be passing all classes that they need to graduate.

Prom tickets will be available for purchase in the West office two weeks prior to prom starting on Monday, April 1st. Tickets are $20 each.  Tickets will not be sold at prom and must be purchased prior. If your date is a non-GISH student, prior to prom, you MUST fill out, turn in and get approval with the “outside date form” which is available in the Activities Office.


Post Prom -Repeat from last month

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!

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).

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!

New this month: The next meeting for Post Prom is March 20th at 5:30 at GISH in the West Conference Room. All are welcome to attend. Committee leads may be contacting you regarding the group you signed up to assist with or to share other information/additional needs they may have. You may also contact Kathy Eihusen at 308-379-5864 or if you still would like to help! 


Post Prom Tickets

Marcy Krolikowski 

Order your post prom tickets in the West Commons area. They will be sold March 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, April 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th during L2 (11:40 to 12:05) and L3 (12:05 to 12:30).  Tickets will be picked up the night of post prom at the door. The tickets are $20 per student attending.

Tickets can be purchased the night of post prom at the door but they will not receive any raffle tickets. Only senior GISH students will receive the raffle tickets.


ACT Refresher

Mrs. Gernstein

Access John Baylor's On To College at  Your username will be your school email address.  Your password is GIPS in all capital letters and then your student id, no spaces.  The ACT Refresher includes grammar rule review, timed tests in all sections, as well as videos that include, "Never Score Below a 20 Again!" and "Reminders For The Week of The Test."  Take advantage of this tool in your Islander Time!  


Cap and Gown Measurement and Diploma Orders

Mrs. Hoesche 

All seniors who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 19th will need a new cap and gown. Cap and gown unit (cap, gown, tassel and diploma) orders have been placed for seniors anticipating graduation. If you have not already done so, you will need to see Mrs. Hoesche in the West office to pay for your cap/gown unit. The cost is $40. Cash, check or money order - NO debit or credit cards. Caps/gowns will be distribute to students on Class Day after graduation rehearsal provided all fines/fees have been paid.


Check the Job Board at GISH!

At this time of year, counselors receive numerous calls from employers looking for students to work in the summer. These job opportunities are posted on the job board in the hallway across from the East Office.


Senior Email

Seniors, be sure to check your email on a regular basis. Scholarship interviews or award notifications are often sent only through email. If you are not checking this often (ideally, daily) you could miss out!


Local Scholarships Now Available

As we stated in previous newsletters, many local scholarships are due during this time. For specifics, see last month’s newsletter –or better yet, check the scholarship listing itself.

Many Deadlines are in March!

  • Carefully check the eligibility requirements; your application will be eliminated if you do not meet the criteria listed.
  • Follow each scholarship’s directions on how to apply.
  • Be sure to have someone proofread your application materials!!
  • Some of the local scholarships listed on the counselor page of GISH’s web site have a trick to make your life easier:
  • Complete one the GISH general application, copy it, and then add the names of the scholarships for which you are applying. In this way the common application can be used for multiple applications.
  • If the scholarship requires a special application, download it from the scholarship’s info page.
  • They are also available in print in both the East and West offices.
  • Meet all deadlines! Some scholarships require you to return the application to the West Office, while another group of scholarships asks that you mail the application directly. Be sure to allow time for mail. The applications that are returned to the West Office will be forwarded to the appropriate scholarship selection committees.
  • Request recommendations no less than one week in advance. Inform your references what you want them to do with your recommendation. For mailed applications, provide the teacher or counselor with an addressed and stamped envelope. The other recommendations can be returned to the West Office.
  • The personal resume and the personal essay should be typed and attached to the common application form. Do your best. The resume and essay often decide scholarship winners.
  • Some scholarship committees require an interview. If you are a scholarship finalist, you will be informed as to when and where. You should dress up and make a good first impression. You might also want to think about how you might answer some of the typical interview questions found in this newsletter.


Important!!!! Scholarships

Mrs. Hoesche

If you want to have your scholarships listed by your name in the Graduation Program at the ceremony, you must present a copy of your award letters to Mrs. Hoesche in the West Office ASAP.  In most instances, we will list scholarships you have been offered whether you accept them or not. No scholarships will be added to the program after Friday, May 3rd.


College Placement Exams

Many colleges require incoming freshmen to take placement exams in English, math, and world languages. You will need to make arrangements to go to the campus and take these exams. The college should let you know the tests you need to take and the testing dates. If you have taken a dual credit English class, math class, or world language class through CCC, you may not need to take the placement exams at some colleges. Do not hesitate to call the college and ask for an advisor in your major.


Are you going to a Nebraska Community College?

Mrs Luthi-Placke

If you are planning to attend CCC or most other Nebraska Community Colleges and have not taken the ACT, or you scored below the cut scores for college level classes, you may want to contact CCC about taking an additional test.  CCC & NECC will now accept MAPs testing which you have done at GISH during high school.  If you have not  met the cut score needed in English through the ACT then you may need to take an additional MAPs Language test as we did not test you on that last year.  If you plan to attend SCC in Milford, Lincoln or Beatrice they are not accepting MAPs testing and you need to contact their testing/admissions office to see your options.  Most colleges require a certain score to register for English Composition, some science courses and for College Algebra or Statistics or higher math.  They may admit you to the school without hitting the cut scores, but may not allow you into the level of courses needed for your program or may not admit you to the specific program of study you desire.

If you do not know your ACT or ACCUPLACER scores, talk to your counselor for ACT scores or contact Emily Gildersleeve at CCC at 308-398-7378 she can get your ACCUPLACER scores for you.

In order to test at CCC regardless of whether you plan to attend there, you must create a student account with CCC first.  To create an account go to:


March To Do List – Great things to do in spring!

Finish local scholarship applications now (if the deadline hasn’t already passed)!
Be alert to housing deposit deadlines and pre-registration appointments for fall classes at the college of your choice. Send health records and all information your college has requested. Choose your roommate and/or complete roommate questionnaires.
As you receive scholarships, give Mrs. Hoesche (located in the West office) a copy of your award letters so you can be recognized in the graduation program.
Start to address the senior announcements that you picked up.
Check with your teachers to make sure you are passing all classes.
Complete any missing assignments or homework needed to keep your grades up.
Complete your FAFSA forms. Call your college financial aid office or EducationQuest
 at 800-666-3721 if you need assistance.

If you are in the top 15%, you should have already submitted your picture and slide for the Academic Honors Program in the Google classroom. They are due by the end of March. Please email and immediately if you have questions. 
Complete your NCAA Eligibility if you plan to play Division 1 or Division 2 sports in college.
Complete your NAIA Eligibility if you plan to participate in sports at a private college: Doane, Hastings, NE Wesleyan, etc…
Apply for summer employment.


From the Media Center

Ms. Hill 

Your  ACCOUNT must be cleared of all items.  Those marked “lost” or damaged (prior to December 31, 2018), are listed already under fines in Infinite Campus.  Fine notices were distributed February 27 through March 1, 2019.  Please return books and DVDs ASAP.  If you can’t find them, the fines must be paid IN THE MEDIA CENTER by May 1, 2019.  Please see Mr. Funkey or Ms. Hill in the Media Center if you need more information.


Go on a scavenger hunt and you might win $500 for college   EducationQuest

Omaha – 888.357.6300  Lincoln – 800.303.3745  Kearney – 800.666.3721


Apply by March 31 for EducationQuest’s $500 Scavenger Hunt Scholarship. Here’s how it works:

  1. If you haven’t already, complete a profile in ScholarshipQuest at ScholarshipQuest is a scholarship search tool with over 2,000 Nebraska-based awards.
  2. If you’re a Nebraska resident in grades 9-12, you’ll see the EducationQuest Scavenger Hunt Scholarship as one of the scholarships you’re eligible to apply for.
  3. “Scavenge” around the EducationQuest website to find answers to questions in a survey.

EducationQuest will draw a winner from those who answer all questions correctly. The winner will receive $500 to invest in a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.


Stay on track to college by these completing 2nd-semester tasks: EducationQuest

Omaha – 888.357.6300  Lincoln – 800.303.3745  Kearney – 800.666.3721

  • Complete the financial aid process. By now, you should have filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you haven’t, apply at
  • Compare financial aid awards. The colleges you listed on your FAFSA will send you notifications detailing the financial aid they’re offering. Compare the notifications to determine which school provides the best package.
  • Watch your grades. If you slack off and get poor grades, your college admission could be revoked.
  • Apply for scholarships. See ScholarshipQuest at to find Nebraska-based scholarships. You’ll also find links to national scholarship sites that are EducationQuest-approved.
  • Make your final college selection. Notify the other colleges so they can take you off their mailing list.
  • Be aware of deadlines to accept financial aid and college admission offers, submit your housing deposit, and register for new-student orientation.


Interview Dynamics

Many seniors will soon be facing interviews. Whether you are interviewing for a job or for a scholarship, you should be aware of interview protocol.

  • Stage one of the interview is your first impression. You should greet your interviewer effectively. Look the person in the eye, use a pleasant voice, say “Hi” or “Hello,” introduce yourself, and shake hands. You should be dressed appropriately in your best clothes. Limit your jewelry to one ring per hand and one earring per ear. Any other piercing is not professional. Furthermore, you should be punctual; nothing makes a worse first impression than being late.
  • Stage two of the interview is answering questions. Interviewers are watching how you interact. They are looking for self-confidence so do not be afraid to visit and elaborate. Always show enthusiasm. These are some of the questions you can expect:
    • Tell me a little about yourself.
    • Describe yourself. What personal characteristics do you bring to this field of interest?
    • Why did you choose a certain college?
    • What do you plan to major in? why?
    • What worries you about your chosen career? What is your impression of what a _________ does?
    • Why apply for our scholarship? Why do you deserve it?
    • Do you think your grades or your ACT scores are an indicator of your success
    • What is an indicator of success?
    • How do you feel about the education you have received?
    • Describe your most rewarding high school experience.
    • What is your favorite class? Least favorite class?
    • What have you learned from extracurricular activities?
    • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
    • If I called one of your teachers, what would he say about you? What teacher/person has made the biggest impact on you?
    • Have you ever been in a difficult situation? How did you handle it? Have you ever been in trouble?
    • What do you do in your spare time?
    • What books have you read for enjoyment lately? What is your favorite book? Why?
    • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
    • Do you have a job? Where? Do you like it? Have you ever been fired? Did you supervise anyone?
    • Describe for me your perfect day or the perfect job.
    • What do you really want out of life?
    • Define happiness, motivation, cooperation, success, etc. . .
    • What is your communication style? Learning style? Leadership style? Are you a team player?
    • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • Stage three is the time for you to ask questions. You can ask how they will base their decision; for example, when they will make their final choice, and how they will contact you. Look at the questions above and turn them around. For instance, where would you want to see me five years from now? or What personal characteristics do you look for in a candidate?
  • Stage four is your final impression. Be sure to thank them (by name) for their consideration and express your pleasure in making their acquaintance. Be polite, push in your chair, and read business cards if they offer you one.



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