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
School Counselor

(Students last names A-K)
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Ashley Ellis Renfro
School Counselor
(Students last name L-Z)
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5 months 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

14 days ago

Scholarship Information 

  1. Please complete the MHS General Scholarship Application   (available 3/1/22) 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 


NSHSS- National Society for High School Scholars- SCAM ALERT!!! Please reach out to your counselor before giving them any of your information (or money)!

Tomas H Moore Illinois Electric Cooperative Memorial Scholarship Program - December 31, 2021 - awarding 14 scholarship annually to deserving students in the "Electric cooperative family" entering college to assist them with their educational costs.  Please see the guidance office for more information.  To apply click here.

Elks National Foundation - February 7, 2022 - Legacy Awards program begins on September 1, 2021.  Legacy Awards provide $4000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members.  For more details and the application click here. 

Marion Memorial Health Foundation - February 11, 2022 - $1000 scholarship to graduating senior from area high schools.  For more information and the application click here

CBAI - February 18, 2022 - The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking provides monetary awards for top high-school seniors statewide.  These awards help deserving students highlight the importance of community banking to the local economy.  For more information and the scholarship application click here

Farm Credit Illinois - February 28, 2022 - Scholarships for High School Seniors planning to study agriculture in college.  For more information and the application please click here

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award - March 1, 2022 - The independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois, being aware of the financial need for many deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational/technical school, is please to announce the continuance of their 2021/2022 scholarship program.  Application may be found here.

Alpha Alumni Chapter of Beta Sigma Psi - National Lutheran Fraternity - March 5, 2022 - Scholarship given out to a Christian male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Fall 2022.  For more information and the application click here

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest - May 5, 2021 - Scholarship contest that recognizes up and coming artists and encourages patriotism in youth.  For students in grades 9-12.  For more information please click here

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation  - March 5, 2022 - $2000 High School senior scholarship - Open only to students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School chemistry Teaching.  Please visit the Guidance Office for more information on how to apply.

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation - March 5, 2022 - $2000 Ecolab High School Senior Scholarship - Open only to students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School Chemistry Teaching.  Please visit the Guidance Office for more information on how to apply.

RWS Scholarship - March 14, 2022 - Any graduating Senior planning to attend a Community College or University.  Application can be found in the guidance office or click here.

The Illinois Masonic Children's Assistance Program - March 31, 2022 - N.G. Cowen Scholarship designed to provide financial assistance to young adults from small towns in Southern Illinois who are pursuing training in the vocational or technical fields.  For more information and the application please visit the guidance office.

SIU Credit Union - March 31, 2022 - $1000 scholarship - eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply can be found here.

AORN Southern Illinois Chapter 1402 - April 30,2022 - graduating senior reimbursement scholarship for healthcare related college education. For more information and the application click here

World Class - The Mediacom Scholarship Program- February 15, 2022 - World Class helps students with upcoming college expenses, such as tuition and textbooks, by awarding $1,000 scholarships to winning applicants who live in the communities we call home.  For more information and the application click here

Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) - February 15, 2022 - Open to all students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at historically black colleges and universities.  Please visit the Guidance Office for more information on how to apply.

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation - March 5, 2022 - $2000 Lupita Turriff Hispanic Student Scholarship Application - Open to all future Chemists. Chemical Engineers, Environmental Engineers and High School Chemistry teachers.  Please visit the Guidance Office for more information on how to apply.

Zeta Phi Beta 2022 Arnolia Boone Memorial Scholarship Award - due April 6, 2022 $500  to female graduate in Jackson county. Application available here or the MHS Guidance Office

The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation Cybersecurity is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation is working hard to address the current cyber skills shortage by developing and championing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, through the provision of $2 million in college scholarships and $13.8 million in cybersecurity training. Qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through CyberStart America; an exciting gamified learning platform that will build and challenge your cybersecurity skills.

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

5 months ago

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.


Don't know your username? email your counselor 

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!

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. 

Job Opportunity - Silkworm - Production Job 

Under the supervision of the Production Manager:

- keeps the shop clean and organized

-reviews sales order forms and lays out goods

-check all questionable order forms with the Production Manager or Sales Representative

-Applies heat transfers

-Inspects final goods, completing the sales order forms and packing

-Maintains the flexibility to perform related work as required.


Apply in person at  Silkworm  102 South Sezmore Drive Murphysboro, IL 62966 or call 618-6874077

Testing Information

5 months ago


Per the Illinois State Board of Education,  all public school students in grade 11 will complete the SAT. 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. 

To access your College Board account, click here

For more detailed information on the SAT components visit

9th, 10th & 11th grade students will take the PSAT on October 13th

For more detailed information on the PSAT visit


Get Free, Personalized SAT Practice from Khan Academy! 

Test Date


Registration Deadline

Late Registration

Multiple Choice Scores Available





September 20, 2021*





September 24–November 3, 2021*





October 15, 2021*





November 5–December 17, 2021*





November 19, 2021*





December 17, 2021*





December 24, 2021– February 4, 2022*





February 25–April 8, 2022*





March 25, 2022*





April 15–May 28, 2022*





May 20, 2022*





June 13, 2022*





June 24–August 5, 2022*


ACT (Not Offered in NY)



July 29–August 29, 2022*

ACT Information

ALL colleges & universities accept both the ACT & the SAT. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE BOTH, but you can. Admissions offices will usually take your highest score, whether it be your ACT or SAT score.  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 testing.  This test is free, & is required for all college classes at JALC.
**  If you have any questions, 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 (2:00-2:30) will be in the auditorium unless otherwise noted. See Dana in the Counseling Office for a pass. 

National Association of College Admission Counseling  College Fairs 9/12, 9/28, 10/3, 10/14,10/24, 11/2, & 11/8  Log in on these fair dates to meet with 600+ colleges and universities. They'll be online to talk with high school juniors and seniors. Find out when they're having Zoom sessions and drop in to attend!

Illinois Virtual College Exploration Program- More than 375 sessions from which to choose: local, national, and international colleges and universities, skilled trades, military branches, career exploration, financial aid & scholarship organizations, non-college training programs and more! Watch as many recorded sessions as you want.

YouTube Channel for College Spotlights- videos are approximately 15 minutes 

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

Create an account on the ISAC Student Portal ( to stay updated on important due dates and get information about different events.  There is also a toolbox that has information about internships, apprenticeships and summer jobs.  There's also a college checklist that will help you navigate the college going process!

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)