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Dates will be updated as this year's information is released, check out websites, if listed, for more information.

Boys/Girls State and Cadet Law:  American Legion sponsored programs for JUNIORS.  Boys/Girls State & Cadet Law held in Salina in June, all fees paid by American Legion. More information will be coming in January.

Cadet Law: American Legion sponsored program for JUNIORS:  held for a week in June in Salina at the KS Highway Patrol Training Center, Cadet Law offers opportunities to see what life is like for a Highway Patrol Officer.  Fee paid by St. Paul Alumni & Friends.  Must have a C+ average on your transcript, applications due March 31.  Find application HERE.

Cottey College Summer Programs for HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS: Held in June, for girls interested in science, the fine arts, or leadership.  Early application deadline in March. $450 fee covers the classes and materials, food, housing, and nightly recreation and entertainment.  More information: http://cottey.edu/youth-adults/summer-programs.  

Dance Day @ K-State usually in April:  Open to all dancers ages 13 and up - Experience the K-State Dance Program (Jazz/Ballet/Tap/Modern), take technique classes from dance faculty.  Registration deadline mid-March, forms available at: www.k-state.edu/dance.  

HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership) Workshop:   We are allowed to send two SOPHOMORE students for 4 days in June to K-State campus to participate in a seminar of motivating speakers, activities and leadership opportunities and to meet other students from across the state.  Applications due back to Mrs. Tuck by Oct.15th.

Future Teacher Academy sponsored by Emporia State University for current FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS for one week in June, at ESU campus.  Demonstrate academic scholarship, leadership skills, and an interest in the education profession.  Sessions also help better understand college life.  Those selected will pay a $100 participation fee.  There will be a March postmark deadline for submission of applications.  When the new application is ready, it can be downloaded at www.emporia.edu/jones/kfta/application.html.  More info on the academy at: www.emporia.edu/jones/kfta.

Garden City Community College - Student Athletic Training Camp:  held in July, for HS or college students, coaches, school nurses.  Recognize common athletic injuries, perform basic rehab to speed recovery, correctly fit football protective equipment, learn to prevent athletic injuries, tape/brace athletes by practicing these skills in lab exercises. 

Job Corp Career Training and Education Program:  for students age 16 - 24 who meet low-income requirements.  No cost to eligible students.  Finish HS and/or get hands-on training in more than 100 career areas.  Live and work on campus.  Individualized training and education plan to stay on track for success.  Check out the website to find out more: www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov.

K-State Explore Careers in Engineering Day:  usually one is fall and one in spring,  observe ongoing scientific research in high-tech labs, discussion groups, speak with Student Design Teams, information sessions.  More info at:  www.engineering.ksu.edu

K-State Junior Days:  For more information: www.k-state.edu/admissions/juniors. 

KU Junior Days: learn about the admission process, housing, financial aid, scholarships, etc.  Pre-registration and a small fee are required.  Lunch is provided, parents and guests welcome. Check website for dates, and register early!  Register at: www.admissions.ku.edu/juniordays

KU SWE Weekend of Engineering:  high school junior and senior LADIES only - experience the University of KS campus and learn about career opportunities.  Packed with activities and information sessions as well as fun college events including Big 12 sports.  Held last year in Feb.  $95 includes all costs, hotel, meals and activities. For more information, call 785-864-2989 or email:  women-engineers@ku.edu. To register: www.engr.ku.edu/prospective/undergraduate/swe_weekend/.

KU Summer Engineering Camp - Project Discovery: week-long intensive learning camp for 9-12th grade.  Two sessions offered, one in June, one in July.  Campers choose from 6 different engineering disciplines and work closely with KU faculty and graduate students as they complete a hands-on project.  Cost: $500 covers housing, meals and lab materials.  Call (785) 864-3402, or send an email to studyengineering@ku.edu.

National Honor Society: Membership extended to qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Must have minimum GPA: 3.6, and have taken or are enrolled in qualifying classes.  Information and application here.

Pittsburg State University - Junior Jungle Day in March.  Check website for more information at www.pittstate.edu.   To register call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-854-PITT.

Summer Nightingale Experience: 2-day event held at Fort Hays State Univ. on July 10-11, 2013.  For SOPHOMORE and JUNIOR students who have expressed an interested in nursing but not certain that this is the profession for them.  Room/board/materials/activities/attendance at HaysMed included in the $75 fee.  Application due APRIL 12, 2013.  Available in counseling office, or see website for more information at www.fhsu.edu/nursing/ 

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences for HS Students:  after your sophomore, junior or senior year - Summer Scholars Program (5 weeks, credit); or Summer Institutes (2-3 weeks, noncredit) Explore a special interest while living on campus - Writing, Pre-Medical, Global Leadership, Pre-Engineering.  For more information and application materials: www.summerexperiences.wustl.edu .


Nov. 7 Deadline Grades 5-12 - Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:   recognizing middle and high school students for volunteer service in their communities.  Must be in GRADES 5-12, have engaged in a volunteer activity , and have demonstrated exemplary community service.  For the online application see:   http://spirit.prudential.com .  Once completed online, it must be printed out, signed, and submitted to the principal.

January 5 Deadline - Profiles in Courage Essay Contest:   write an original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.   Use at least 5 varied sources such as newspaper articles, books, ad/or personal interviews.  Any student in grades 9-12 are eligible.  For complete guidelines visit the Profile in Courage Award Program at www.jfklibrary.org .

January 23rd Deadline - Got a Great Idea? Jump Start Kansas Veture Idea Competition:  Have a great idea for a new product, service or social venture?  If your idea is innovative and holds real promise to be successful in the market, you could win $5,000 - reward for entrepreneurial dreaming and seed capital.  2 categories - Commercial Idea & Social Idea.  More info at the McPherson College website (no requirement to attend McPherson):  blogs.mcpherson.edu/entrepreneurship/jump-start-kansas.  

March 2nd Deadline - Grades 9-12 - Constitution Bee, scholarship opportunity.  Application forms available online at www.yesforliberty.org

March 20 Deadline - Ayn Rand  Anthem Essay Contest for grades 8th, 9th, & 10th:   must read the book and write an essay (600-1200 words) on one of three topics.  Complete list of rules and guidelines found on website: www.aynrandeducation.com .   

April 26 Deadline - Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essay Contest for grades 11th & 12th:  Read book and write essay (800-1600 words) over one of three prompts.   See complete list of rules and guidelines at www.aynrandeducation.com


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