Thanksgiving break perfect time to look forward to spring semester

Hey, ‘Canes!

Congratulations to Gustavo Castillo for his acceptance into the Niswonger Scholars Program. With this scholarship, Gustavo will attend the college of his choice and return to Hamblen County to fulfill his dream of working in healthcare. We are so proud of you, Gustavo.

The spring semester is quickly approaching, and students have been coming to the counseling office requesting changes to their schedule. The counseling office will send out schedule change request forms on the Monday following Thanksgiving break (Dec. 2). Students will be given the forms (if they request one) during STORM. We do have many full classes, and we want to let students know the following classes are currently full including: agriscience, principles of ag mechanics, A/V production I, computer applications, business communications, business management, civil engineering, coding I, computer science foundations, cosmetology I and II, criminal justice I and II, cybersecurity I, digital arts and design I, fundamentals of education, teaching as a profession I, health science education, anatomy and physiology, medical theraputics, introdution to business and marketing, accounting I, marketing I, introduction to electromechanical, introduction to engineering design, introduction to human studies, JROTC, maintenance and light repair I, nutrition across the lifespan, physical education II, principals of manufacturing, welding I, psychology, Tennessee history, and visual art I.

UT Promise is a new undergraduate scholarship program, which guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, and UT Memphis. UT Promise is a student-success oriented scholarship program that requires students to complete volunteer service hours and meet with a mentor each semester to ensure a successful college experience.

Qualifying students must meet the following criteria:

• Be a Tennessee resident

• Have a family household income under $50,000/year

• Receive the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

• Be admitted and attend any UT campus

• Complete 8 volunteer service hours and participate in mentoring each semester

Note: A separate application is required for this program, The deadline to apply for UT Promise is to December 15.

The 2020-2021 free application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open for completion. Seniors must complete the FAFSA online at by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 1, 2020 for TN Promise eligibility. Please see document below for the documents and information needed to successfully file FAFSA.

If you need help completing the FAFSA, contact the counseling office at 423-586-6102 to schedule an appointment with Miss Nellie, our Niswonger Care Adviser

Scholarship opportunities:

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

Award: $2,500 Scholarship

Eligibility: Students must have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership. One must reside in one of the communities listed on the program website. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. To apply visit

Deadline: 12/6/2019

Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship

Award: Up to $50,000 nationally, $1,000 - $5,000 regional scholarships available

Eligibility: Must have 2.5 GPA be active in community service, demonstrate financial need, and plan to enroll in a 2 year or 4 year college.

Deadline: 12/15/19

Imagine America Foundation

Eligibility: Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, Financial Need, Demonstrated volunteer community service record. Must attend a college that participates in the Image America High School Scholarship Program. For information about schools who participate visit or contact 571-267-3010. To apply visit

Deadline : 12/31/19

Important Dates

Nov. 2 - July 1, 2020: Seniors to complete and report 8 hours of community service for TN Promise (must report on-line)

Nov. 21: Counseling Office Late Night

Nov. 21-22: Logan Kerr from UT Knoxville will be here to speak to freshmen during STORM

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 2-11: Second semester schedule changes

Dec. 16: WSCC dual credit testing

Dec. 23-January 2: Christmas break

Jan. 6: Return to school

Jan. 9: Counseling office late night

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Day (no school)

Jan. 23: Counseling office late night

Feb. 3: Current junior registration begins

Feb. 4: Class meeting night (9th-11th grade)

Feb. 6: Counseling office late night

Feb. 17: Current sophomore registration begins

Feb. 20: Counseling office late night

Have a great Thanksgiving break!