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My Mission

As School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to students, staff, families, and community members.

My goal is to create a positive and supportive environment conducive to learning and success.  Please know that I am dedicated in making every possible effort to make certain that all students receive as much personal assistance as possible to ensure that their years at San Augustine High School are productive and meaningful.



Como la Consejera Escolar, mi responsabilidad primordial es promover el desarrollo académico, social y personal de todos los estudiantes.  Estaré ofreciendo siempre el mejor apoyo a estudiantes, maestros, familias y miembros de la comunidad.

Mi objetivo es crear un entorno positivo y propicio para el aprendizaje y el éxito.  Quiero que sepan que estoy dedicada en hacer todo el esfuerzo posible para asegurarme que todos los estudiantes reciban la mayor atención como sea posible para asegurar que sus años en la Escuela Preparatoria San Augustine (San Augustine High School) sea productiva y significativa. 

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Seniors: Get Started on Your College Application

Get Started with Your College Applications
Do you have "App-rehension"?
College applications can be intimidating, no doubt about it. But knowing what to expect will help you stay organized, avoid last-minute surprises, and cure any pre-app anxiety you might be feeling.
Get up close and personal with some apps.
Look at some real college applications to get familiar with how they are organized and what they ask. You'll find the application link on the college's Admissions web page, or check out the Common Application, which is used by hundreds of colleges.
You'll see that many colleges ask similar questions, but may require different types of essays and recommendations. If you know the colleges you want to apply to, you can start mapping out what you will need to complete your applications.
Don't ignore the details.
Each application contains important questions about everything from fee waivers to scholarships to housing preferences. Overlooking any of these details can delay your application decision, or worse, make you look careless. So do a thorough review before you dive in.
For an overview of what's on a typical college application, and the six things you need to pay attention to most, read the full article at:

Seniors: What is Financial Aid????

What is Financial Aid?
What kind of financial aid actually downsizes your college bill?
If you're like most students, you'll get financial aid to help cover your college expenses. There are different types of financial aid. Some types reduce college cost and some don't.
Aid that reduces your college cost.
    • Grants. Grants are money for college, free and clear. You get them based on your financial need. Federal and state governments and colleges all offer grants.
  • Scholarships and merit aid. You get these awards based on academic merit, financial need, athletic talent, and more. Most of this aid is awarded by the colleges and outside sponsors.
Aid that doesn't reduce your college cost.
    • Loans. Loans that appear in financial aid awards come from the government or possibly your college. While they help cover college costs, you have to pay them back.
  • Work-study. A work-study award is a part-time job, usually on campus. What you earn from work-study is not free money for college since you have to work to get it.
To learn how to get financial aid based on your need and your merit, read the full article at:

Juniors and Seniors: How to Write a College Resume'

How to Write Your College Application Resume
Show colleges who you are beyond your grades and test scores.
Some colleges accept -- or even require -- a resume of your activities and achievements in high school. Here's what should go into it.
    • Your most significant achievements and honors
    • Your major leadership roles and initiatives
    • Unusual or exceptional activities, experiences, and skills
  • Significant volunteer and paid work experience
A resume will help you make a good impression in other ways.
    • Give it to the teachers writing your letters of recommendation
    • Bring it to your college interviews
  • Submit it with your scholarship applications
To learn more about how to create a highly effective college resume, read the full article at:

Juniors: HUGE Virtual College Fair

The Biggest Online College Fair
The All Access Virtual College Fair will take place on May 17th!  You can:
  • Connect with Purdue, NYU, UCLA, University of Texas, University of Notre Dame and 120+ other colleges and universities
  • Qualify for a chance to win up to $5,000 in scholarship money when they visit 5 college profile pages during the event
  • Watch live video webcasts and get advice directly from admissions officers, scholarship experts, and current college students

Juniors: Scholarship Opportunity

Fisher & Talwar, a personal injury law firm in Los Angeles, CA is providing a scholarship opportunity for currents juniors who will be 2018 seniors.  
The Fisher & Talwar $1,000 Legal Inspiration Scholarship is now available to students currently pursuing or plan on pursuing a college degree.
The deadline for application submissions is November 15, 2017.
Qualifying students can apply at:
To qualify for this scholarship: 1. Must be a U.S. citizen. 2. Must be a full-time student who is currently attending (or planning to attend full-time) an accredited institution of higher education. 3. Must provide proof of current enrollment or plans to enroll in an accredited institution of higher education. If you have not received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be released (ex. screenshot of grades, picture of acceptance letter, etc.). 4. Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. 

Juniors: A & M Application Opens July 1st

Early Application Opening Date


The Texas A&M Admissions Application will be opening up on July 1, 2017 this year.  Students may use the ApplyTexas or Coalition Application.  The deadline is still December 1, 2017.  A number of other universities will be opening along with A & M  in July.  However, they DO NOT want students to submit their applications in July.  This is simply to allow you more time to work on the application before school starts.  They will not begin admitting students until September and will admit in batches at that time (except for Holistic Review candidates, who will usually get decisions in February). 


Juniors: Scholarship Opportunity for Athletes: Wendy's Heisman

The Wendy's® High School Heisman® Scholarship application is open for students graduating with the class of 2018.  This scholarship is open to this year's juniors which will be the graduating class of 2018.
If you have participated in sports during your high school career, apply today!!!  

Juniors: Scholarship Opportunity

Rove Pest Control in Minnesota is excited to offer the Rove Pest Control Scholarship for Class of 2018 graduates.
This scholarship is open to anyone seeking a higher education.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Award Amount: $500
Application: Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found at:

9th-12th: How College Visits Can Help You Choose a College

How College Visits Can Help You Choose a College
Spending serious time on campus can be one of the best moves you'll ever make.
If you are deciding where to apply (and especially where to attend), consider these tips from students who have been in that situation.
  • Stay the entire day (and overnight if you can). Experiencing the campus and dorm life can be a real eye-opener.
  • Go when classes are in full swing. It won't get more real than that.
  • Check out campus life. Spend time in the dorms, dining halls, and student center. Visit clubs, sporting events, and student hangouts.
Pay attention to how you feel.
While you are busy touring the grounds and talking to students and professors, make sure you also take time to notice how comfortable and stimulated you feel on campus and with the students.
To see more tips for planning a game-changing college visit, read the full article.

SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP: San Augustine County Go-Texan Local Scholarship

The San Augustine County Go-Texans will award a scholarship to a graduating senior from Broaddus or San Augustine High School.  To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; been enrolled in 4H or FFA for a minimum of 2 years during high school; and must be a US citizen.
Applications may be obtained in the Counseling Center.
Deadline:  May 2, 2017.


The Shelby Savings Bank Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from San Augustine High School.
Amount:  $1000
Applications may be obtained in the Counseling Center.
Deadline:  May 12, 2017

SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP: Whitton-Johnson Memorial Scholarship

The Whitton-Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from San Augustine High School.
Amount:  $1000
Applications may be obtained in the Counseling Center.
Deadline:  May 12, 2017

Seniors: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP: Bennie and Altonia Sharpton Memorial Scholarship

The Bennie and Altonia Sharpton Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior at San Augustine High School who will be attending a trade school, vocational school, or two-year college.
Payment will be made directly to the institution.
Amount:  $1000
Applications may be obtained in the Counseling Center.
Deadline:  May 12, 2017

Seniors: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP: Daughters of the Republic of Texas

The Ezekiel Cullen Chapter, DRT awards scholarships to college or trade school bound seniors based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and community and school involvement.
Each scholarship will be $1000 to be paid in two equal installments of $500.
Applications may be obtained in the Counseling Center.
Deadline:  May 5, 2017.