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MHS Counseling Staff

about 1 year 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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6 months ago

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

Scholarship Information

1 day 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 



Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship -  Deadline November 15, 2018 The most valuable student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US citizen.  A total of 500 four-year scholarships ranging from $1000 -$12,000 per year, pursuing a 4 year degree.  For details and to access the application, visit here.

Elks National Foundation Legacy awards Application -Deadline November 15, 2018 For the 2019 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2016, or a charter member of a lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2016, is eligible to apply, The Elk must also be a paid-up member through march 31, 2019. Great-Grandchildren are not eligible.  For details and to access the application, visit here.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative!  Deadline December 31, 2018 We are pleased to share that the program will now be awarding twelve $2,000 scholarships – an increase of two scholarships for 2019. For more information and for full eligibility requirements, please see the “Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship Program Official Rules” at  Please click here or visit the guidance office for the McEntire Lineworkers Scholarship application.  All other applications are to be completely submitted online. To complete or learn more about the application(s) visit:

For more scholarship opportunities please visit here.
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)

Opportunities for students

about 1 month ago

Schedule Changes- YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN to your MHS email to use this form: 
 This form (or the paper form available in our office) must be submitted by the end of the school day, Friday August 17th.  Click here

Opportunities for students

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, 3/14/18. Students must meet requirements (listed on agreement) to register for Accuplacer. See your counselor with questions. 

Camp College 2018- (Presented by Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling) will be July 10-13, 2018. Camp College is a FREE 4-day, 3-night program designed for rising seniors (juniors entering their senior year). Students will be exposed to a variety of college-related topics and learn first-hand from college admissions professionals and high school counselors. Campers will gain valuable skills and tools they can use to enhance their own college search, application, financing, and selection process.  This year students will visit Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, and Blackburn College. Application available here & is due May 11th

SIU Summer Camps- Check out SIUC's summer camps available to high school students: Architecture, Challenge to Excellence, Mindfulness, Pre-Vet, Aviation, Writers in Common, Cooperative Youth (business) & more! Costs & registration vary- some free! Check them out

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.  

Summer Job Opportunity - Students between the ages of 15-18 are welcome to apply to the Youth Conservation Corps held this summer at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Marion. YCC is a summer employment program typically 8 weeks long from June through August.  Students work and learn as a team while engaged in environmental stewardship experiences.  Salary for the position is $8.25 per hour. Please see MHS counseling Office for an application.  Application deadline - April 27, 2018.

NASA Wings 2018 - July 8-13, 2018 -Week-long Camp for High School Students. Please click here for more information.

Testing Information

about 1 year 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

about 1 year 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)