Pulling through the second semester

Hey, Trojans! Congratulations on surviving the first week back. We still have a long ways to go before the school year is over, so let’s make sure we pull through this semester.

Students will vote this week for the candidates for this year’s Basketball Homecoming Court. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will nominate candidates Jan. 13, and vote Jan. 14. Seniors will vote for their candidates Jan. 13. Candidates will be announced Jan. 15.

There will be an executive meeting Jan. 14 during TNN. Please make sure that all representatives are aware of the upcoming meeting.

Students and faculty, there will be an early dismissal Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. Freshman and sophomore students should make sure they notify their rides.

Internships are now available. Check the www.hcboe.net website under departments, choose CTE for an application, and talk to your CTE teacher to discuss available jobs, if interested.

Seniors, don’t forget to apply for a work ethic diploma. If you have any questions, check with your TNN adviser, or your school counselor.

FAFSA is coming to a close Feb. 1, so make sure you are signed up. FAFSA is a financial aid program that helps seniors in high school enroll in the colleges of their dreams, so don’t take this too lightly. All students of any income level are required to complete FAFSA if they are intending to attend college. If you need assistance towards completing the FAFSA, call 423-327-1600 ext. 1010 to schedule an appointment with Niswonger Care Counselor Emily Emerick.

Also do not forget to check out our scholarship boards near the school counseling office. Scholarships may be available to qualified students, so don’t take it lightly. See Mrs. Gillett in the counseling office if you have any questions. If you are also looking for TN Promise opportunities, stop by the guidance counseling office if you are interested.

Available scholarships include:

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest: students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. All students must register online at www.JFKLibrary.org/essaycontest. This website has a complete list of guidelines, or visit the Counseling Office for a copy of the guidelines. Deadline is Jan. 17.

National BETA Scholarships: open to senior Beta Club members who are registered with national headquarters who also present leadership potential, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. Apply online at www.betaclub.org/scholarship. Deadline is Jan. 22.

Tennessee Concrete Association: all entries for the high school essay contest will be judged by a panel of industry personnel and TCA will award cash prizes to the first place ($250), second-place ($100) and third-place ($50) essays. The TCA contest winners will have their essays published in the spring edition of Tennessee Concrete magazine in addition to the cash prizes. Visit www.tnconcrete.org to submit the online application and view contest rules. Deadline is Jan. 24.

WACE National Co-Op Scholarship Program: the applying student must have a 3.5 minimum GPA, apply for admission in the 2020-2021 academic year at the institution selected on application, meet merit criteria at specific institution. For more information visit https://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/ Deadline is Feb. 15.

Kyle William Kiihnl Memorial Scholarship: created in memory of Kyle Kiihnl who lost his life to a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. A $1,000 scholarship application is available for graduating seniors. A 400-word essay required on the topic of driving drowsy. Details on the essay are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline is Feb. 22.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Tennessee Scholarship: a scholarship dedicated to community involvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. The Tennessee Federation awards scholarships of $1,000 to deserving students in Tennessee. Candidates bust be planning to attend a Tennessee college or university. Applications are in the counseling office. Deadline is Mar. 1.

Students, yearbooks are now on sale at www.balfour.com. They are $90 until distributed. Also if you have pictures that you want to send to yearbook, please download the Image Share by Balfour App and upload then through Image Share using code: 029306.

In athletic news, the freshman boys’ basketball team will play a home game against Jefferson County High School Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

The varsity boys’ basketball team will play an away game against East Jan. 16 at 4:15 p.m. Wish these players luck as they are practicing this week.

Students, remember that it is our duty to make sure to pick up those who are down and make them feel better about themselves as a whole. Be sure to be the one to lead a movement to spread positivity throughout this semester.