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Muscatine High School Announcements – January 18, 2016

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  • Students — NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 18th.  Teacher In-Service Day.
  • January 18 – JV Wrestling at Solon has been canceled.
  • Girls’ Golf Sign-up: There will be a sign-up for any girl who might be interested in going out for spring golf on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30 AM in the MHS commons.  If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Randleman at 263-9960.
  • Football Meeting – There will be a meeting for 2016 football players in grades 9-11 on Thursday, January 21st at 12:30 in the weight room. See Coach Mueller if you have any questions.
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity – see Silver Cord section below.
  • Staff of the Quarter nominations are due Jan. 20. Teacher of the Quarter Form   Staff of the Quarter Criteria
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity – see Silver Cord section below.
  • January 19 – Girls Freshmen Basketball hosting Washington has been canceled.   JV and Varsity basketball will be played.  JV Girls basketball will begin at 6 PM, Varsity to follow. 
  • Seniors: Senior Survivor Packets are available to pick up outside Mrs. Orr’s room in Student Services and are due back to Mrs. Orr by Monday January 18th.  Senior Survivor is a 3-night/4-day event that will be spent in the school in order to raise money for a charity of choice.  Only 6 teams will qualify for Senior Survivor Week.  Qualifying fundraising will begin on Monday, January 18th and end on Friday, February 12th, with the six teams being announced before Friday, February 19th.
  • Teacher Education Open House – St. Ambrose University – Sat., Feb. 20, 2016 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Rogalski Center Ballroom.  For interested high school students, parents and advisors.  For more information and to register, contact St. Ambrose University School of Education 563-333-6116 or ZingerTriciaA@sau.ed.  Online registration at www.sau.edu/education.  Cost is $10 per person (continental breakfast, lunch and handouts provided.
  • College Goal Sunday is a national program that works with community organizations to coordinate financial aid events where students and families can receive free assistance with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  They will be at MCC on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in room 209 Gaekle Hall.  If you have any questions regarding this event you can email to CGS@ICANsucceed.org or call (877) 272-4692.
  • New Silver Cord Opportunity – see Silver Cord section below.
  • New Scholarships Added – see Scholarship section below.
  • Juniors: The Coolidge – A scholarship for America – open to all 11th grade students.
    A full-ride presidential scholarship covering tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training.  This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited American University. Visit coolidgescholars.org for more information.  Deadline is March 18, 2016.
  • Seniors: Iowa high school seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp® honors
    Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that two Iowa high school seniors have the opportunity to receive full scholarships to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) this summer in West Virginia. The students will exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds during the nearly month-long experience.
    The camp includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monongahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.
    The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to scholarship recipients. Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation® allow delegates to participate in this educational experience. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided.
    Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 15, and depart on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest. Application forms are available on the NYSC website athttp://apply.nysc.org.
  • College Goal Sunday is a national program that works with community organizations to coordinate financial aid events where students and families can receive free assistance with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  They will be at MCC on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in room 209 Gaekle Hall.  If you have any questions regarding this event you can email to CGS@ICANsucceed.org or call (877) 272-4692.
  • Winter Thaw (Semi-Formal) Dance – Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9 to 11 pm – MHS Gymnasium.  Tickets will go on sale beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 5 during lunchtime in front of Student Services.
  • GSA will meet Wednesday, January 13th, in room 130 (Science Hall) from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.  Bring friends and learn what we are all about.
  • 26th Annual Cake Auction – Super Heros Theme – Friday, January 29th, 2016.  For more information, please view the MHS Cake Auction link.   MHS Cake Auction
  • Sign-ups for Intramural Dodgeball will end January 18th.  Start forming teams now!!  Sign-up forms are located outside the AD office.  The Championship Dodgeball team will be awarded a prize.  
  • Muskie Fans:  Muscatine Basketball Gear is now ready for order.  Check out several Nike products ranging from shirts, hoodies, shorts and quarter zip polos that we have to offer.  To view and order products go to www.monticellosports.com, > Team Login, > click on Muscatine, password: gomuskies

** Silver Cord Opportunities **

  • Student volunteers needed after school to assist a family moving from Muscatine to Letts, IA on Jan. 25th. Assistance is needed loading and unloading boxes and furniture. Please contact Mrs. Borde in the Main Office or at doreen.borde@mcsdonline.org.  

** Upcoming Events **

  • Jan. 18 – Girls & Boys Basketball 9th – Home (Make-up game w/ Mt. Pleasant) –  6 PM
  • Jan. 18 – Boys Basketball JV – Away – Dav. West 6:30 PM
  • Jan. 19 – Girls & Boys Bowling – Away @ Miller Time Bowling, Davenport  – 6 PM
  • Jan. 19 – Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity – Away @ Mt. Pleasant – 6 PM
  • Jan. 19 – Girls Basketball Soph/Varsity – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 21 – Girls & Boys Basketball 9th – Away @ Dav. Assumption – 6 PM
  • Jan. 21 – Boys Swim JV/Varsity – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 21 – Wrestling JV/Varsity – Away @ Dav. North – 6PM
  • Jan. 22 – Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity – Home – 6 PM
  • Jan. 22 – Girls Basketball Soph/Varsity – Away @ Dav. Assumption – 6 PM
  • Jan. 23 – SEIBA Honor Band – Iowa City West – ALL DAY
  • Jan. 23 – Wrestling JV – Away @ Bettendorf – 9 AM
  • Jan. 23 – Wrestling Varsity – Away @ City High, Iowa City – 9 AM
  • Jan. 23 –Boys Basketball Soph/Varsity- Away @ Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids – 2 PM
  • Feb. 3 – Parent Night for current 8th – 11th grade parents – MHS – 6 PM (more info to be provided in upcoming days)

** Scholarships **

Illinois-Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society

Donald Kiser Memorial Scholarship – one-year, non-renewable merit based award in amount of $1000. Applicant must be pursing studies in chemistry, biochemicstry, or chemical engineering. See link for more information: 

Application is available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: March 31, 2016

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program.  We encourage the following to apply: High school seniors and current undergraduates, those who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2016-17, those who plan to major in a specified course of study focused on engineering, technology or design, with an interest in the automotive industry. Visit www.buickachiever.com for more information.  Application Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016 5:00 PM EST.

The Coolidge – A scholarship for America – A full-ride presidential scholarship covering tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training.  This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited American University. Open to students in the 11th Grade. Visit collidgescholars.org for more information. Deadline is March 18, 2016.

American Legion/Edward H. Bitzer Scholarships: Applicants must be a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of member in good standing (or deceased member) of one of three posts listed on the application. Must be a senior in high school. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Must be a US Citizen.  Application is available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: April 15, 2016

First Friday Breakfast Club Scholarship:  Applicants must have demonstrated leadership in efforts to increase education and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues and reduce homophobia in their schools and/or communities. Applications is available in MHS Student Services. Deadline: March 15th, 2016

Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education: Applicants must be committed to the pursuit of automotive-related studies, such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting, or business administration.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services.  Deadline: March 1, 2016

GFWC/IOWA Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship: There are 18 different scholarships associated with the Club.  Applications and more information are in MHS Student Services. Deadline: March 1, 2016

**JUNIOR YEAR SCHOLARSHIP**  Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award: This scholarship awards up to $6000.  Applicants must propose a project and two references to the HH Foundation by March 15th, 2016.  If your project is accepted as a finalist, you will be notified by May 15, 2016. For a list of types of projects for proposals, visit the website www.hooverpresidentialfoundation.org/grantsawards/uncommon_student.php or visit MHS Student Services.

Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Association: We have changed our scholarship to “up to three $750 scholarships” this year. The student’s parent has to be a member for at least one year to qualify. Deadline is January 20, 2015.  Muscatine County Cattlemen Scholarship Application    Muscatine County Cattlemen’s Scholarship

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation Scholarships:
Paris Application – the Paris Scholarship is for $1000 this year!  Applicants must be a resident of Louisa County ORattend a Louisa County High School AND attend an Iowa college or university.

Director Application – The Director’s Scholarship is for $500.  Applicants can be from a little wider circle known as the Louisa Resources Area (this includes all of Louisa County and surrounding towns/cities) and the applicant can attend any college or university (not restricted to a school in Iowa).

More detailed information is included on the application itself.  Participants can choose to apply for both if they qualify, and can receive these grants more than once.  To apply for both, two separate applications need to be submitted. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Hammond or Don Kline: no1fish@iowatelecom.net

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship:  Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:  A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics & A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of health care
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016. Visit
www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage.

SFM Foundation: The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers.  These scholarships are up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years. Visit www.sfmfoundation.com to apply.

Drake Physics Prize: First place is full tuition to Drake University for 4 years.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake are sponsoring this contest. The exam covers topics in Physics that would normally be studied by students in their first semester of high school physics. The exam must be taken at MHS on a scheduled time between January 27th and January 29th. Students wishing to test must register online by 1:00 pm, Monday, January 25th, 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/DrakePhysicsPrizeStudent2016  For further questions, contact the Physics Department at Drake at 515-271-3141 orsharyn.oconnor-beener@drake.edu

Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.: The Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation is offering the MCED Technical Scholarships (the Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarships). Students who plan to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College may apply.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services.  Due Date: March 1, 2016

Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M.: The Scholarship Selection Committee of the Grand Lodge of Iowa is again offering scholarships to graduating seniors with a focus on Leadership roles in the area of school and community.  Applications are available in MHS Student Services. Due Date: February 1, 2016

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship: Forty (40) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Student must have worked at Hy-Vee since September 15, 2015 or a high school senior son and/or daughter of a full/part time employee.  Student must attend any accredited 2 or 4 year school leading to a Baccalaureate degree.  Applications are available at MHS Student Services or online at www.hy-vee.com under company info.  Due date is February 10, 2016.

Catherine McAuley Scholarship/Mount Mercy University: This scholarship provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years. The student must be a graduating Iowa senior and enroll at Mount Mercy as a new freshman.  Students must reside on campus for all 4 years and participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus.  Students must complete the FAFSA. To maintain the scholarship, students must successfully complete 24 semester hours per academic year and maintain a 2.0 GPA. *Students are automatically considered for the Catherine McAuley Scholarship upon admittance to Mount Mercy University.

Iowa Student Loan/Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship: 30 Iowa High School seniors will be awarded $2,000 each for use for their Fall 2016 college expenses. Interested seniors must visit www.iowastudentloan.org/SeniorScholarship to register and read the complete rules. Students must complete all three steps before 4:00 pm on March 4th, 2016.

Christina Hixson Opportunity Award: This award is a four-year grant of one-half tuition and fees to be used at Iowa State University. One hundred high school seniors will receive the award.  For eligibility criteria and to apply go to Hixson Award Application or www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu  Due date is February 1, 2016.

National Scholarship Search Websites:

  1. bigfuture.org
  2. scholarships.com
  3. fastweb.com
  4. icansucceed.org

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC): The organization offers 4 types of scholarships to apply for.  Students may only apply for ONE: Scholars, Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage, African-American or Black Caribbean Heritage, Hispanic/Latino Heritage. Seniors must plan to graduate from high school and enroll full time in a 2 year, 4 year, or technical school. Other requirements can be found at www.rmhc.org.  Application is at https://aim.applyists.net/RMHC. Deadline is January 20, 2016.

The Quad City Engineering and Science Council is accepting applications for its 2016 college scholarship awards from area high school seniors. Applications are due by January 22, 2016. The winners are selected based on a committee review of their application. This will be our 23rd year of encouraging students pursuing an engineering or science college degree.  Last year we awarded twelve scholarships with a total value of $20,500. You can download a copy of the scholarship application from http://www.qcesc.org under the scholarship link.

The Quad City and Engineering Science Council Scholarship Program was established and is administered by the Council.  This program provides multiple one-time grants/scholarships between $1000 and $3000 each for high school seniors pursuing a STEM degree at a 4-year university. These are awarded on an objective basis without regard to race, sex, or religion.  Criteria include academics, civic/community service, extracurricular involvement, career goals, and an essay on why you want a STEM degree

This year we are pleased to also offer engineering scholarships from Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus, and St. Ambrose University.

The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) is an umbrella organization representing 36 technical societies totaling about 5,000 members here in the Quad Cities. The QCESC proudly sponsors annual events such as the National Engineers Banquet and the Engineering and Scientist of The Year Awards. We also provide judges for the local technical activities including Invent Iowa and FIRST LEGO League among other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related activities.

Muscatine Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society: Must plan to pursue a career in engineering. Must attend either University of Iowa or Iowa State University in the Fall of 2016. Must have a 3.0 GPA for 10th and 11th grades. Must have an ACT composite score of at least 24.   Two scholarships available; each worth $1000. The application is available in MHS Student Services. Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Iowa Newspaper Foundation: Must be preparing for a newspaper career.   A total of 9 scholarships, all available with ONE application.  Total awards will be approximately $6,700. The application is available at www.INAnews.com   Application deadline: February 12, 2016.

Pearl Hull Falk Scholarship: Must be of Protestant Faith, resident of Iowa, and will attend the University of Iowa full time in the Fall of 2016.  The scholarship award is $800.  The application is only available in MHS Student Services.  Application deadline: May 2, 2016.

Midwest Technical Institute Scholarship Program: Must plan to attend MTI in Fall of 2016.
The application is available in MHS Student Services or with an admissions representative at MTI www.midwesttech.edu   Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

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