WMHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER               February 2018
Watkins Mill High School CollegeTracks Team

Ms. Lindsey Barclay 
Program Director
240.221.1699
lbarclay@collegetracksusa.org

Mr. Dominic Chappell
Program Assistant
301.284.816
dchappell@collegetracksusa.org

Ms. Estefani Rondon
Program Coordinator 
301.541.8239
erondon@collegetracksusa.org
         
Keep Up The Hard Work, Seniors!
 
         
HBCU COLLEGE FAIR!
 

WHAT: HBCU College Fair and On-the-Spot Admissions
WHEN: Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 4:00pm-8:00pm
WHERE: Einstein High School
WHO: ALL Students and Parents can attend

Seniors, attend this event if you are applying to HBCUs. You can apply and receive an admission decision at the fair!

See CollegeTracks if you are interested! 
         
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
 
Tori 
Enamorado 


Tori has already been admitted to three 4-year colleges. Way to go Tori!
 
  1. What is the most challenging part of your senior year?
The most difficult part for me has been organizing everything. I constantly have to balance time for school assignments, cross country/track, babysitting my sisters, working and my health. Being able to stay sane and up to date with everything is hard.

2. What colleges have you visited and what were your first impressions?
I visited Mount St. Mary's University over the summer, and the campus is extremely beautiful. It's a private, liberal arts, Catholic university, but you don't have to be Catholic to attend. The campus is extremely beautiful. They really care about their students. The sports facility was amazing. They have an outdoor church that was breathtaking.

I also had an overnight stay at Goucher College, I instantly fell in love with the school. It's the type of environment I want to be in for the next 4 years of my life. I met with the Track & Cross Country Coach, and they invited me to return for an overnight stay so I could experience a " college level" track practice for a day. I attended class and it was amazing. I learned a few things about chemical reactions in our bodies. I loved how the professors were engaging and involved with their students. The school also requires that students do a study abroad program, meaning you get to live and study in one of 50 countries. I'll definitely be going to Germany.

2. What activities do you want to be involved with during college? 
I am most definitely going to do sports. I was born a runner so I'll continue that after high school. But I also want to get involved with school government, and other fun and interesting clubs.
   
3. Tori's advice for Juniors in CollegeTracks:
Juniors, don't believe that little rumor " junior year is the hardest." It's a complete lie. It's only hard if you make it hard on yourself. You're your worse enemy, don't allow yourself to lose focus and give up because that's when things well get hard for you. You're almost there. Don't give up. It's a wonderful feeling knowing you're almost done. Take advantage of CollegeTracks, if it wasn't for them I honestly would've been lost. And STUDY for your ACT or SAT.


STAFF SPOTLIGHT

 LINDSEY BARCLAY 
 
Ms. Barclay is the CollegeTracks Program Director. 
 
1. What's your career background?
          My career has centered on student development.  Starting as an Orientation Peer Advisor at UMBC, I learned that I have a passion for helping others navigate the ofte
n complex college system.   
 
Since then, I have spent the past decade working with college students at several universities and at CollegeTracks.  I am thrilled to help Watkins Mill juniors and seniors prepare for their college futures!
 
2. What are your hobbies?
I love reading, especially memoirs and books about social psychology.  My favorite author is Malcolm Gladwell.  When I'm not reading, I'm listening to a podcast, cooking, going to brunch with my friends, or traveling.  This year, I want to travel abroad...maybe to Thailand. 
 
3. What were you like in high school? 
I was a complete nerd in high school (I still am)!  I focused on my grades and planned for college.  I had a diverse friend group, who helped me understand how to get along with others.  I'm still friends with a few folks from my high school crew.  I was also obsessed with getting my nails done and usually had some wild color or design splashed on my fingers.

         
SENIORS DO NOW!
 
  • Bring your college acceptance letters to CollegeTracks!
  • Visit colleges during early release and no-school days
  • Claim your MC account
  • Complete your FAFSA 
  • Complete any necessary financial aid paperwork
  • Apply to at least 4 scholarships
  • Sign up for spring workshops
  • Encourage your 11th grade friends to join CollegeTracks!

Schedule an appointment with CollegeTracks TODAY!
     
SPRING WORKSHOPS FOR SENIORS! 
 
Seniors!!! You are invited to attend spring workshops to learn about additional financial aid opportunities, complete scholarship applications, and learn about financial aid award letters. Don't miss out on this opportunity!  
 
 
See Mr. Chappell in the CollegeTracks office to sign up!
     
WELCOME 
JUNIORS!
     
ACT PREP FOR JUNIORS!

Are you taking the ACT? If you are unsure if you should take the ACT or SAT, stop by CollegeTracks! 

Preparing for the ACT can help improve your test-taking strategies.  A strong ACT score can lead to more college options and scholarships!

CollegeTracks Juniors can receive   FREE ACT Test Prep for the 
April & June ACT! Prep is offered during lunch, in small groups, 
led by knowledgeable tutors! 
 
 
 
 
Prep begins the first week of February. Sign up today! 
     
JUNIORS DO NOW!  
  • Come to CollegeTracks to determine if you should take the ACT or the SAT this spring
  • Sign up for ACT Prep with CollegeTracks if you're taking the ACT
  • Keep up with your schoolwork! Every grade counts!
  • Stop by CollegeTracks and introduce yourself! 
  • Follow CollegeTracks on social media- see below for accounts!
WE WILL BE EMAILING AND TEXTING YOU THIS MONTH. REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL! 
 
$CHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT

CLICK HERE FOR THE FEBRUARY SCHOLARSHIP PACKET

 Let Ms. Barclay, Mr. Chappell, or Mrs. E know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 
 
NAME:  Courageous Persuaders Scholarship
DUE DATE:  February 9, 2018
AMOUNT:  $3,000
ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. Create a 30 second commercial for middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving. Must be a U.S. citizen. 
MORE INFO:  Click here

NAME:  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Scholarships
DUE DATE: February 18, 2018
AMOUNT:  Varies
ELIGIBILITY:  Grade 12, Montgomery County resident, No citizenship eligibility requirements
MORE INFO: See CollegeTracks for the application

NAME: Central Scholarship 
DUE DATE:  Application is now open! 
AMOUNT: Up to $10,000 per year 
ELIGIBILITY:  Maryland resident in grade 12 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Family income is below $90,000 per year, or $66,000 for students pursuing career and technology training. Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. 
MORE INFO:

Click here for scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship!
  
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT! 

DID YOU KNOW? 

  
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy.

  
Today, UMES offers major programs leading to B.A. and B.S. degrees in 26 disciplines in the arts and sciences, professional studies and agricultural sciences. 
There are approximately 3,300 students enrolled; 93% are undergraduates.  Students have various backgrounds and come from 30 states and 55 other countries.   55% of the students live in on-campus housing.
Ocean City is only 1 hour from the campus.  The campus is located 13 miles south of the town of Salisbury, which provides shopping and recreational facility.
  
SHOUT OUTS
  • Watkins Mill High school administrators and staff, we appreciate all you do to support and encourage students!
  • Shoutout to all of the Seniors for your continuous dedication to the college application process!
  • Congratulations to the seniors who have started receiving acceptance letters! 
  • Thank you to the CollegeTracks volunteers for their continued dedication to student success. 
  
WHERE TO FIND US?
Room A006
Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays, & Fridays 
9:00am-5:00pm
CONNECT WITH COLLEGETRACKS!
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