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MHS Counseling Staff

11 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
School Counselor

(Students last names A-K)
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Tara Hargraves
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
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Kylee Medina 
(Mrs. Hickam's school counseling intern & our GEAR UP/ISAC rep)
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about 1 year ago

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

Current students can request via Parchment

Scholarship Information

12 days ago

Scholarship Information 

  1. Please complete the MHS General Scholarship Application   This application will determine your eligibility for certain local scholarships (local scholarship with their own applications are listed below). 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 



Illinois Migrant Council Scholarship - July 31, 2020 please call the Southern Region representative at 618-697-3246 if you are interested in the following:

  • Scholarship available for post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher education in the State of Illinois.   
  • Community Service Grant for a range of services that assist low-income people in attaining skills, knowledge and resources to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • National Farmworker Jobs Program - Occupational Training/Job Placement Assistance if you have been employed in the past 2 years

For more scholarship opportunities please visit here.

College Greenlight - By building a student profile on College Greenlight, we can match you to college and scholarship opportunities that reflect your accomplishments and interests. When creating your accountbe sure to select 'yes' for this question: "Are you part of a college readiness or college success program?" and then select Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) & Kylee Medina. 

Opportunities for students

3 days ago

Paying for college
Questions about College & Financial Aid? ISAC has answers on Facebook Live! 
Click here for details

Schedule Changes: 
You must be logged in to your MHS email to use the form. Be sure to read it carefully and do not complete it if your request does not meet the criteria. You should follow your original schedule until you've heard from your counselor (check your email) or see that it is changed in PowerSchool. Schedule change requests are only allowed the first three days of every semester.

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 this spring.  Students must meet requirements (listed on agreement) to register for Accuplacer. See your counselor with questions. 

HOBY: Attention all Sophomores! Are you interested in enhancing your leadership skills? The HOBY program allows high school sophomores to realize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Please see Ms. Hargraves for more details!

LEDA Scholars: LEDA is looking for juniors in high school who are highly motivated, have succeeded in advanced courses at their school, have the desire to be a leader, and have demonstrated compassion and care for their community. What is LEDA? LEDA brings together a powerful community of student leaders from all racial and ethnic backgrounds across the United States. Because we exclusively serve students who may struggle to afford high quality summer programming, our program is COMPLETELY FREE.The LEDA Scholars program begins with an ALL EXPENSE PAID seven week residential program at Princeton University that includes academic preparation for college, leadership training, college guidance, SAT/ACT preparation, help with college applications and scholarships, and a chance to experience life on a college campus.Students who attend our program feel more prepared to apply to selective colleges, pursue competitive scholarships, and make a positive impact on their communities with their leadership skills. 86% of LEDA Scholars have enrolled in an Ivy League or Most Competitive college supported by excellent financial aid and scholarships. Click here for more information, Application here & is due December 11, 2019

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association Youth to Washington - February 14, 2020 - At least five students will be chosen and sponsored to attend Youth Day in Springfield on Mary 31, 2020 to tour the Capitol and other historic sites.  Of the students that attend Youth Day, at least two will be selected to represent Egyptian Electric Cooperative, and our state, by attending the Youth to Washington trip June 19-25, 2020.  Please visit the guidance office for the application for questions on the application or the program, please contact Brooke Guthman at (618) 684-2143 or

Commonwealth Honors Academy - Murray State University  - The Academy brings together 120 rising high school seniors from Kentucky and the surrounding region for three weeks for an exciting, challenging academic enrichment program. Upon completion of the academy, students will receive 6 hours  of honors level university studies credit, have the opportunity to take an additional 6 hours of tuition free university courses at Murray State University during their senior year and be awarded a four-year $2000 renewable housing scholarship to attend Murray State University.  Please click here for more information and qualifications.  Deadline March 1, 2020

Jackson CEO -  Entrepreneurship education seeks to prepare people, especially youth, to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to economic development and sustainable communities. The CEO program is much more than a textbook course. Rather, students are immersed in real life learning experiences with the opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcome.  For more information and for the application click here. Deadline March 6, 2020 

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. 

Essay Contest - Sponsored by the Jackson County Bar Association Co-Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association - All high School students in Jackson County are invited to participate in the Law Day 2020 Essay Contest.  The freedom to vote is a cornerstone of our constitutional republic.  law Day 2020 focuses on this cornerstone by reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the women's suffrage movement. Essay must be turned in to the Social Studies/Government department no later than the end of the school day on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

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 April 1st.  

Pleasant Grove Memorial Park & Murdale Gardens of Memory  is looking for Spring & Summer help for weed-eating and groundskeeping.  Would start mid to late March and run through fall.  After school and weekends during school year, and several days a week in summer. 30 hours week at minimum wage. Those interested should apply at Crain Funeral Home 31 Memorial Drive, Murphysboro.

SIH Nursing Job Fair - Wednesday February 19, 10:00 - 2:00 SIH Corporate Office 1239 East Main St Carbondale, IL  Meet with Hiring Managers, view job openings and apply onsite.
Speak with nurses from 10+ departments and hear why they love working for SIH
See how you cold be eligible for a scholarship or loan forgiveness worth up to $21,000.  For more information contact  Cordy Love, HR Nursing Recruiter 618-457-5200 ext 67813

Testing Information

6 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. Students also receive a waiver to retake the SAT- see your counselor. 

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020 , MHS will administer the the SAT (11th grade), the PSAT (9th & 10th grade) in paper & pencil format. 

For more detailed information on the SAT components visit

For more detailed information on the PSAT visit

PSAT 9   PSAT 10

Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 

Date of Test Test Register by Get Online Scores
Starting On †
8/24/19 SAT & SAT Subject 26-Jul Sep. 6
  (8/13 with late fee)
9/14/19 ACT Aug. 16 Sep. 24
  (8/30 with late fee)
10/5/19 SAT & SAT Subject Sep. 6 Oct. 18
  (9/24 with late fee)
10/26/19 ACT Sep. 20 Nov. 14
  (10/4 with late fee)
11/2/19 SAT & SAT Subject Oct. 3 Nov. 15
  (10/22 with late fee)
12/7/19 SAT & SAT Subject Nov. 8 Dec. 20
  (11/26 with late fee)
12/14/19 ACT Nov. 8 Dec. 24
  (11/22 with late fee)
2/8/20 ACT Jan. 10 Feb. 19
  (1/17 with late fee)
3/14/20 SAT only Feb. 14 Mar. 27
  (3/3 with late fee)
4/4/20 ACT Feb. 28 Apr. 14
  (3/13 with late fee)
5/2/20 SAT & SAT Subject Apr. 3 May-19
  (4/21 with late fee)
6/6/20 SAT & SAT Subject 8-May Jul-19
  (5/27 with late fee)
6/13/20 ACT 8-May Jun-19
  (5/22 with late fee)
7/18/20 ACT 19-Jun Jul-19
  (6/26 with late fee)

ACT Information

ALL colleges & universities accept both the ACT & the SAT. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE BOTH! Please see your counselor if you are interested in taking the ACT or SAT. Make sure you see your counselor for a waiver—so you don’t have to pay the registration fee! 


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, please contact your  counselor FALL 2019 Accuplacer @ MHS: 10/22/19


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College & Career Planning

11 months ago

COLLEGE REP/MILITARY VISITS are posted on the main MHS Calendar. Visits occurring during ELP (2:41-3:15) will be in the auditorium 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:
Midwest Student Exchange Program- a multi-state tuition reciprocity program (find schools offering in-state/discounted tuition for Illinois graduates)