January has proved to be a very successful month for the youth of El Dorado County.
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Congratulations to the El Dorado High School Speech and Debate team for qualifying three of its team members for the National Catholic Forensic League Nationals in Chicago and to two very successful speech competitions hosted by the Lion’s Club and Rotary. The student’s speeches on community service and living a life of service above self created inspiration and encouragement for their audiences.
All four high schools and their men’s basketball teams are well into their seasons and are doing outstanding jobs at leading their schools to victory.
Also, co-ed track, baseball, women’s soccer and softball are about to begin their seasons so athletes are working diligently to secure spots on the teams.
Ponderosa High School hosted another successful Winter Ball at the end of January thanks to its wonderful ASB who worked hard to put on such a fantastic event.
The county hosted its annual Academic Decathlon competition on Jan. 29 and Feb. 1 at Union Mine High School where all four high schools competed against one another in topics such as Economics, Super Quiz, Essays, Biology, Math, Literature, Social Science, Speech, Interview and Music. Congratulations to all four teams for doing such a great job, spending so much time studying and striving to take the extra step in extended education. The next season starts in June, so decathletes, get ready.
School is now back in full swing and, unbelievably, it is half way through the quarter. Good news is that means summer is half a quarter closer but the bad news is that the end of the year is coming fast.
For high schoolers, it is now time to seriously start considering signing up for SAT and/or ACT testing. These tests are a must for college-bound students. If you are a sophomore or freshman, there is still plenty of time to take one of these tests but if you are a junior, now is the time to seriously start studying and to sign up for a test. The test scores play a large role in the admissions process for many colleges and it would be less desirable and more stressful for you during application time if you have not completed one of these tests by then. Ask your counselor or go to your career center to get more information on how to sign up and prepare for one of these tests.
For seniors, many have already heard back from colleges and some are still awaiting letters, but regardless, this is the perfect time to complete applications for grants and scholarships.
Ask local organizations, career centers, school offices, teachers and family members about any available scholarships or grants as well as search online. Using scholarship search engines allows for a more personalized and organized search.
Now is the time to start completing applications if you have not already because applications are typically time-consuming if your application is well-thought out. Remember to stay organized and to keep track of what scholarships you have completed.
Most importantly, when you receive a scholarship, send out “thank you” notes. Reiterating how thankful you are for an organization’s generosity is something that cannot be ignored. Also remember to look for scholarships that are tailored to things you are interested in or are a part of your life so that when you complete the application you are more passionate.
Our youth are doing an excellent job in representing El Dorado County and are working very hard for their bright futures.