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MHS Counseling Staff

5 months ago

Students & Parents- sign up for the Remind account specifically for your graduating class.  You will get information relevant to your grade.

Dana Batson
Registrar/Counseling Secretary
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Katie Hickam
(Students last names A-K)
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School Counselor

Tara Hargraves
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
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4 months ago

Former students can request transcripts here
Please contact Dana Batson with any questions
687-2336 ext 1610

Scholarship Information

6 days ago

Scholarship Information 

  1. Please complete the MHS General Scholarship Application  This application will determine your eligibility for certain local scholarships. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF YOU DO NOT APPLY. Please check with the counseling office if you have questions.
  2. Scholarships on this page are listed in order of due date. We update regularly, please continue to check for new scholarships.
  3. In addition to the scholarships listed below, we encourage you to check with your employer, parents' employers, your church & other community organizations.
  4. Links to national scholarship sites are on the bottom of the page. 
  5. Apply for scholarships within the college/university you plan to attend. These are listed on the 'Scholarship' section and sometimes the 'Foundation' section of a university's website.  
  6. As you become aware of any scholarship you've received, please inform your counselor. We want to make sure that you are invited and properly recognized at this year's Awards Night 



2018 PHADA Scholarship Programdue January 26, 2018 -  2 scholarships to deserving youth currently residing in a PHADA member agency.  Must be a high school senior and reside in a PHADA member agency owned or managed unit throughout his/her entire senior year.  More information is available in the Guidance Office or to print the application visit here.

Northwestern Mutual - due January 30, 2017 and March 30, 2018 - Two scholarship programs are available for childhood cancer survivors and siblings of those impacted by childhood cancer.  The Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship will provide 25 scholarships for childhood cancer survivors and 10 for the siblings of those affected, respectively.  Application process for survivorship will be accepted until January 30th and the sibling scholarship process will be accepted until March 30th. For more information and to apply please click here.

Egyptian Telephone Cooperative Association- due January 26, 2018 - Sponsorship for one High School Junior to participate in a four-day tour of Washington, D.C. as part of the 24th annual National Telephone Cooperative Association's Youth Tour. All expense trip will be held June 2-6, 2018. The following requirements need to be met in order for the student to be eligible: High School Junior in the top 50% of the class, represent school well, under the age of 18 at the time of the tour and have parents or grandparents who have service in one of Egyptian Telephone's exchanges (329, 336, 763, 768 774, 785, 824)

Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling Scholarship - due January 31, 2018 - Ten $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students of IACAC member high schools who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their schools, the community,, and/or service to others, with a motivation to achieve personal goals. For more information & application available here.

Elks National Foundation 2018 Legacy Awards - due February 2, 2018 - 300 scholarships of $4,000 must be the child or grandchild, step-grandchild or legal ward of a living Elk, as well as other requirements.  More information & application available here.

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest - due February 10, 2017 - Open to all students 9th - 12th grade.  This contest strives to bring the events of today to high school students in a way that draws an intelligent relationship between the past and the present.  The National first place winner receives $5000; 2nd place receives $3000; and the 3rd place receives $2000 cash prize.  For a complete set of rules please click here.

Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity Educational Foundation - due February 17, 2018 - Two scholarships are available to Lutheran men who will be starting college in Fall 2018.  Christian Leadership Award - Alumni from the chapters at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and Purdue University will select well-qualified individuals to be honored with a $1500.00 Scholarship towards the cost of tuition at the respective campus they will be attending.  Martin Luther Scholarship - $2000 award is open to young men who will be attending their first year at any accredited 4 year - College or university. For more information and to apply please click here.

Marion Memorial Health Foundation Board - Health Related Scholarship - due February 23, 2018
$1000 scholarships to graduating seniors from the area high scholars who are planning a career in human health care.  For more information please visit the guidance office.

Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship - due February 28, 2018 - Thirty $2000 scholarships are available to high school seniors with agricultural career aspirations, planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall.  Two of the applicants will be designated as "Urban Agriculture Scholars." For details and an application please click here.

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award - due March 1, 2018 - Awarded to to deserving student wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational/technical school.  Applicants need not be affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States.  For more information and an application please click here.

Illinois Elks Children's Care Program - due March 9, 2018  
College scholarship for Physical & Occupational Therapy majors only - application available here.
College Scholarships for Physical & Occupational Therapy Assistant Program - application available here.  Submit completed application to Local Elks Lodge. 618-684-4541

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship - due March 15, 2018 - $1000 scholarship awarded for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care.  The awards that are to be given in 2018 are designed to be utilized in the 2018-2019 school year. Please visit the guidance office for an application packet.

SIU Credit Union - due March 30, 2018 - For graduating high school seniors enrolling into a two or four-year college; community college students transferring into a four -year university;or adult students returning to college the opportunity to apply for one of five $1000 scholarships.  Eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply are available here. Or call 618-457-3595.

Scholarship Websites: By creating a profile on these sites, you can learn about millions of opportunities! *When searching online for scholarships, you should NEVER pay! (see your counselor if you don't remember your username/pswd)

Schedule Change information

9 days ago


A great deal of time is invested in both the registration and scheduling process.  The basis for building a master schedule, for any school year, are the requests made by our students during registration. Each individual course request made in the spring affects the final schedule for the next school year. Staffing, room assignments, and the number of course sections are all determined by these choices. Therefore, when students make their course selections, it is understood that their schedule will reflect these choices.

In order to have your schedule reviewed for a change, this form must be returned to the Counseling Office by 3:30 PM Wednesday January 11th. Any changes requested after January 11th will need administrative approval.

Counselors will consider and process each change request submitted using this form. Counselors are not responsible for processing change requests submitted via a phone message or email request.




Students should NOT complete this form if schedule change request is for the following reasons:
·      Student does not like the teacher or considers him/her to be “too hard”
·      Student wants a different lunch period
·      Student wants to join friends in a particular class
·      A specific teacher is preferred
·      Student prefers another elective not listed on student’s request form
·      Student wants to keep the class, but switch sections (different period or teacher)

      Student wants to drop a year long class

Students should complete this form if request is to correct an error/the following reasons:

·     You did not pass a class that is a prerequisite for the scheduled class

·     You passed credit recovery coursework & need to update your schedule

·     You need a specific course that is a graduation requirement

·     Placement in the wrong level class

·     Placement in a class you already passed

Opportunities for students
Sophomores & Juniors interested in the CEO class next year- be sure to pick up your application in the counseling office ASAP.  Want to learn more? Watch this video. Applications are due March 1, 2017. See your counselor for more information. This is a great opportunity, don't miss out! Jackson CEO Application 17-18.pdf

John A Logan College Dual Enrollment Courses- Taking college courses during high school can be a great way to get a head start on your college career. If you meet the requirements, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver* each semester (beginning the summer after your sophomore year, & ending your final semester of your senior year). More information & eligibility found on the MHS/JALC Dual Enrollment Agreement (this form is required for students wishing to participate). JALC Placement test (Accuplacer) will be offered at MHS on Friday, 3/31/17. Students must meet requirements (listed on agreement) to register for Accuplacer. See your counselor with questions. 

Youth to Washington/Youth in Springfield: Egyptian Electric Cooperative (EECA) will select local teenagers as winners for the 2017 Youth Day in Springfield and two for Youth to Washington!  Sophomores, juniors and seniors, attending a public or private high schools within the EECA service territorial footprint, or otherwise a member of the cooperative, can apply.  At least 8 students will be chosen and sponsored to attend Youth Day in Springfield on March 29 to tour the Capitol and other historic sites.  During the day students and their counterparts from other southern Illinois schools will meet their elected senators and representatives on the floor at the Capitol, and will learn first-hand about the workings of state government and electric cooperatives. In addition, the students will tour the Old State Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln Museum. The top two students will be selected to represent Egyptian Electric Cooperative and our state, by attending the Youth to Washington trip June 9-16, 2017.  The two winners will travel by bus, from Mt. Vernon to Washington D.C. this summer, to be joined with over 1,500 high school students from around the country, on one of the most recognized youth programs. Approximately 60 Illinois students will unite and travel with chaperones to Washington D.C. More information available here. To apply for the Youth to Washington program, click for the application  to print or download to your computer to submit to either of our offices, mail, fax or e-mail. Application is due March 6th

Murray State University Commonwealth Honors Academy (June 10-July 1): opportunity for outstanding juniors with a 3.5 or above & 25+ ACT/equivalent PSAT score to experience three weeks of educational and co-curricular activity on the Murray State University Campus. You will: receive 6 hours of university credit; meet & work with other honors students, professors & teachers; receive a four year $2000/year housing scholarship to MSU; no cost (see counselor for waiver)! Apply here. Deadline to apply is March 1st 2017. 

The Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District is currently recruiting youths to participate in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). The YCC program is a summer employment program for young men & women to work in the area of Natural Resources. Enrollees will be selected on a random basis, & will be paid minimum wage. The Forest will be filling seven positions in the Jonesboro office. Requirements: must be at least 15 on or before the first day of work & not reach 19 during the employment period; be a citizen of the USA; possess a social security card; provide own transportation to & from the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District in Jonesboro. Applications available in our office & are due March 10th

Camp College (Tuesday, July 11- Friday, July 14, 2017)  provides rising seniors the unique opportunity to learn about the college search and application process firsthand from college admission professionals and high school counselors. Participants will learn about navigating a college fair, essay writing, identifying college fit/match, financial aid, and many more topics. In addition, students visit multiple colleges/universities and experience living, eating, and playing on a college campus. Campers will also be paired with a counselor-mentor whom they retain for the school year. Who should apply? This program is designed for students from non-traditional backgrounds who would benefit from exposure to this information. The selection committee will give additional consideration to students from rural areas, first-generation college students, and students from low-income households. Students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale Apply here Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017  .

HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference) empowers high school sophomores to develop their leadership talents to become the leaders of their community. The 3-4 day seminar is filled with interactive activities and workshops that allow students to discover their personal leadership strengths. The HOBY Conference will take place at Illinois Wesleyan University June 15-18. Please see Ms. Hargraves if you are interested or want more information about HOBY

Juniors & Seniors- Are you interested in learning more about our political process? Do you want to pursue a career in public service? If you are actively serving in an elected or appointed capacity in student government (student council), civic or educational organization you may qualify for the United States Senate Youth Program. Please see your counselor if interested. 

Interested in a healthcare related field? The SIH Summer Internship Program has been developed to help peak the interest of high school students planning for a career in healthcare. Qualified students are eligible for internship programs in Laboratory, Nursing, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy or other healthcare career fields. This 8 week program (summer) is unpaid; however students are given cafeteria cards to cover the cost of their meals while at the hospital, a scrub top to wear during their internship and can earn college credit.  For more information, click here &/or see your counselor. Applications are due May 1st.  

Testing Information

5 months ago


Per the Illinois State Board of Education,  all public school students in grade 11 will complete the SAT, including a writing component. The SAT will serve as the state assessment for purposes of state and federal accountability, will be provided at no cost to public school districts in Illinois, and will be offered to students during the school day. The SAT aligns with the Illinois Learning Standards and provides a college-reportable score for admissions purposes. It and will continue to empower educators to measure college and career readiness.

On Wednesday, April 10, 2018, MHS will administer the the SAT in paper & pencil format. 

For more detailed information on the SAT components visit

Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 

ACT Information

ALL colleges & universities accept both the ACT & the SAT. Please see your counselor if you are interested in taking the ACT. IF you are 4-year university bound (meaning you plan to start at a university instead of a community college) OR you want as high an ACT score as possible, you should strongly consider taking the ACT more than once. Make sure you see your counselor for a waiver—so you don’t have to pay the $39.50 registration fee! Register here


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Fee


October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017


December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017


February 10, 2018

January 12, 2018


April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018


June 9, 2018

July 14, 2018

May 4, 2018

June 15, 2018




We suggest that you take the December, April or June ACT & so you can order the Test Information Release (TIR). For $19, you will receive a list of your answers, a copy of the multiple-choice test questions used to determine your score, the answer key, and scoring instructions. You can order a TIR form when you register, or during the three-month period after your test date.  See your counselor for more information.  This is a great way to improve your score!

ACT ONLINE PREP IS FREE!!! Normally $25, just see your counselor for a username & password.  This is a great resource to prepare for the ACT.

Here's what you will find in the ACT Online Prep™ program:

  • Practice tests with real ACT test questions
  • Practice essays for the optional ACT Writing Test, with real-time scoring
  • Comprehensive content review for each of the ACT's four required tests—English, Math, Reading, and Science
  • Diagnostic test and study path
  • Anywhere, anytime access via the Internet


If you plan to attend JALC during, or after high school, see the counseling office to sign up for ACCUPLACER/ASSET testing.  This test is free, & is required for all college classes at JALC.
**  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your  counselor


College & Career Planning

5 months ago

COLLEGE REP/MILITARY VISITS are posted on the main MHS Calendar. Visits occurring during ELP (2:41-3:15) will be in room A22 unless otherwise noted. See Dana in the Counseling Office for a pass. 

Interested in playing sports in college? Make sure you are on the right track- click on resources below: 
Guide for College Bound Student Athletes
Division I eligibility standards are changing- Learn more at

Learn more about colleges, majors, & careers: (username: murphysboro; password: careeers)
Midwest Student Exchange Program- a multi-state tuition reciprocity program (find schools offering in-state/discounted tuition for Illinois graduates)