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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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Juniors and Seniors: Ten Tips for Successful College Interviews

Ten Tips for Successful College Interviews
How to stay calm and wow your interviewer.
A strong college interview won't get you admitted, but it can reinforce why you should be. Here are three of our top ten tips for making a great impression.
    • Research the school before the interview. Find examples of what you like about the school. This will help you explain to your interviewer why you are applying.
    • Anticipate common questions. You may be asked to describe yourself and what you can contribute to the college. Prepare some specific examples or anecdotes that show off your unique talents.
  • Ask your own questions. Interviewers expect this and it shows your keen interest in the college. Write down your questions beforehand and bring them to the interview.
Your preparation will be noticed.
College interviewers are often dismayed by how poorly prepared many students are. Don't be one of them!
To see seven more interviewing tips -- including what not to mention during the interview -- read the full article at:

Seniors: Tarleton State Preview Day

Tarleton State University will have their big Preview Day, the Texan Tour, on Saturday, March 3rd! Texan Tour is a unique preview day designed for students and their guests to explore our many academic opportunities, visit with current students, faculty, and staff, and see firsthand the spirit of Tarleton.
If you are interested in Tarleton, have applied, or been admitted you should plan to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Sophomores and Juniors: ETREYS Information

2018 East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (ETREYS)     


Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, along with eight other East Texas electric cooperatives, is preparing for the annual East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar—ETREYS.  This year the event will be held from June 25 – June 29, 2018 at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.  DETEC will send 10 students to the all-expenses paid camp. Participants are selected on the basis of overall excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities including leadership positions, academic awards, etc.


Established in 1988, the mission of ETREYS is to foster positive ideas and values among young people and to enhance skills in leadership, problem solving and interpersonal relationships. 


While at ETREYS students can expect to participate in workshops, seminars and peer group activities that range from leadership development to pure entertainment.  Nationally known personalities, college professors and community leaders are scheduled to speak at this year’s event.  Additionally, each student has a chance to compete for thousands in college scholarship funds!


Eligibility: Current high school sophomore or junior attending a high school in the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative service area. 


Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018.

Sophomores and Juniors: Government-in-Action Youth Tour Opportunity

2018 Government-In-Action Youth Tour


Students selected for this opportunity join more than 100 of their peers from Texas and another 1,700 from across the U.S. on this trip of a lifetime. Inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson’s desire to give youths insight into national government, Youth Tour expands participants’ horizons while educating them about government and cooperatives. Electric cooperatives in Texas have participated in Youth Tour since 1965.  Deep East Texas EC has sent students since 2014.  Deep East Texas EC will send 2 students on the all-expense paid 2018 Youth Tour, scheduled for June 6 – 15, 2018.  Participants are selected on the basis of overall excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities including leadership positions, academic awards, etc.


The trip starts with a day in Austin, where students begin by touring the Texas State Capitol, Capitol Visitors Center, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Texas State Cemetery. Activities include seeing a show at the Bullock IMAX and Texas Spirit Theater and dining at the famous food trailers in South Austin.  Once in Washington, students partake in guided tours of historic sites, museums and congressional offices, where they meet with their U.S. representatives. Entertainment opportunities on the trip include seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center and going on a dinner and dancing cruise on the Potomac River. Participants also attend Youth Day, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, for a day of learning and inspiration.


Eligibility: Current high school sophomore or junior who live in the Cooperative’s service area and whose parent or guardian is an active member receiving service from Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative.


 Applications must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2018

Seniors: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Deep East Texas Electric Co-Op Scholarship

2018 Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Graduating Senior Scholarship


Eligibility: Applicants must be a high school senior attending a school in the Cooperative’s service area and their parent or guardian must be an active member receiving electric service from Deep East Texas Electric Co-op.


Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018.


Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Tips to Improve Your SAT and ACT

Tips to Improve Your SAT and ACT Scores
Want to do your best on test day? Follow these steps!
Get the best SAT and ACT scores you can! These practical steps can boost your test-taking confidence -- and your results.
    • Rest. Get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the test so you are rested and alert.
    • Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test. A breakfast with protein boosts your energy level. Bring a protein bar or sandwich to eat at the break.
    • Be early. If you arrive at least 15 minutes before the official start time, you won't worry about being late.
    • Scrutinize. Before marking an answer, read the question carefully to be sure you understand what is asked.
    • Do easy ones first. Enter the answers you know, and then come back to harder questions.
  • Eliminate. If you can eliminate even one answer option, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.
Don't forget to breathe!
If you get nervous during the test, do some deep breathing to calm yourself. Inhale, count to three, exhale, and then repeat this a few times.
For more ways to improve your performance on the SAT and ACT, see the full article at:

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Find Out What A College Wants

Find Out What a College Wants
Discover what it takes to get in!
Just what a college is looking for might seem like a well-kept secret. But you just need to know where to look and who to ask.
Look at the facts about who gets in.
Review the average grades and test scores of the college's freshman class, as well as its admission priorities. You can find this data with College Match. (See COLLEGEdata Tools, on the right.)
Get to know your college rep.
Your admission rep can look at your qualifications and suggest how to improve your chances. To find your rep, call the college or ask your counselor.
Talk to current college students.
Students attending your favorite colleges can help you understand what it takes to be a good match. Ask your counselor to help you find these students, or friends who have siblings in college.
For more ways to find out what a college is looking for, read the full article at

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Six Ways College is Different than High School

Six Ways College is Different from High School
Wondering what college will be like? Prepare for some big adjustments.
Here are a few college realities that you will face when you start your new life.
    • Time in college is managed by you, not the school. In college, you may have three classes one day and none the next. You might be tempted to kick back. Whether you give in is up to you.
    • College professors expect you to be independent. You'll be responsible for mastering all the material -- even if it's not covered in class -- and to speak up during discussions.
  • Your social life is wide open. College may seem more about fun than work -- at first. But many students learn the hard way that the opposite is true.
Learn about college life from actual college students.
Explore our Road to College Student Stories, which follow the ups and downs of real students from their freshman to senior years.
To find out three more ways college is different from high school, read the full article at:

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity

The year 2018 marks the twenty-fourth time that the Texas Medical Association Young Physician Section will award its rural science scholarship. This $1,000 award is given to a rural Texas high school senior who excels in science, for use toward continuing his or her education in the field of medicine.


In 2007, the YPS Rural Scholarship was transformed into a memorial scholarship for Michael O’Malley, MD. Dr. O’Malley, a recipient of a similar scholarship himself, was an internal medicine physician in Galveston and past chair of the TMA Young Physician Section. Tragically, Dr. O’Malley died from cardiac arrest in his home at the age of 43 and left a wife and two young children. In his memory, the young physicians’ are continuing the tradition of helping rural high school seniors pursue a degree in the field of medicine.


All outstanding rural high school seniors interested in pursuing their education and becoming a physician are invited to apply for this award. 


The application form and submission details can be obtained in the Counseling Center upon request.

Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2018 and sent via mail to Texas Medical Association, YPS Coordinator, 401 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701. The scholarship winner will be notified by mail in March 2018.



Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity: The Frontier Fiesta Association Scholarship Opportunity for University Of Houston

 Frontier Fiesta is a student led, student run organization that hosts a large-scale three day music and entertainment festival for not only the students of the University of Houston, but for the entire Houston community. The event will take place March 22nd to the 24th, 2018 at the University of Houston. The event includes concerts, variety shows, carnival booths, a family fun day, a cook-off, and much more! FFA wants to give back to our community by offering several scholarship opportunities.


The Frontier Fiesta Association is offering multiple scholarships to incoming freshman students who will be attending the University of Houston in the Fall 2018 semester. The scholarship application requires:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Unofficial transcript with cumulative GPA
  3. List of extracurricular activities and achievements
  4. A 500-word essay describing your leadership roles and how you have given back to your community
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your leadership abilities and community involvement

To apply for these scholarships, students can visit our website at the Scholarships page. The application is due February 15th 2018. Please share this with your students. If you have any questions, you can contact me at any time. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Seniors: Hospitality Scholarship Opportunity

  • HEAT Student Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors planning to study in the field of Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Arts/Hospitality).


  • Interested candidates must submit completed application and supporting documents. 


  • Application will automatically be disqualified if documents are submitted separately or if any application components are missing.


  • All of the items below must be mailed together in one 9x12 envelope in order to be considered for this scholarship.



1.     Transcript of grades showing a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)

2.     Completed Scholarship Application Personal Data Sheet

          Two letters of recommendation, one from a current state level HEAT member,

with completed recommendation forms

3.     One page typed essay (12 pt Times New Roman font 1.5 spacing) explaining why you would like to pursue a hospitality/culinary arts degree and how experiences in your high school hospitality classes have impacted this decision.

4.     A 4” x 6” photo of candidate

5.     A release form for use of photo and essay for HEAT newsletter and website

 6.  Application forms may be obtained in the Counseling Center upon request.


To be considered, the complete application must be postmarked on or before January 16, 2018. Emailed/Faxed Applications WILL NOT be accepted!


Mail application to:      Scholarship Committee                                 

            Hospitality Educators Association of Texas

            4302 West Pear Street

            Pearland, TX 77581


Selection will be based solely on the information and references provided with the application.  Financial need will not be a significant factor in selecting recipients.  A committee consisting of representatives of the state level HEAT Board of Directors will choose successful applicants.  This scholarship will be awarded in full upon receipt of registration verification to an accredited Culinary/Hospitality program. Scholarship checks will be made payable to the educational institution. The scholarship committee will decide the number of winners and the award amounts. There will be 3 scholarships awarded. 1st Place will be awarded $1,000 and two runner-ups will be awarded $500 each. Notification will be sent to the winning applicants the by the last week of March.

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity


The Texas Dept. of Transportation offers a Conditional Grant Program to eligible students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or a department-approved operational business discipline. The Conditional Grant Program will consider both Texas public and private four-year institutions.

Students accepted into the program receive up to $3,000 per semester or $6,000 per academic year for tuition, based on financial need.

The application may be downloaded at: 

Completed applications should be mailed to:

 Mail application packets to:  Texas Department of Transportation

                                                            HRD/Employment Opportunities/CGP

                                                            125 East 11th Street

                                                            Austin, TX  78701-2483


Applications to the Conditional Grant Program must be post marked prior to March 1st

Seniors: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Ben and Florine Ramsey Scholarship

Mrs. Ramsey established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Ben, who was extremely proud of his hometown of San Augustine, Texas and who believed in the importance of education.

High School / Residency

Applicants must be graduating seniors or prior graduates of San Augustine High School in San Augustine, Texas.

Academic Record 

Recipients must have achieved a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her high school.

College or University to be Attended

Recipients must be attending or admitted to attend any accredited four-year college or university in the State of Texas as a full-time student.

College Major 
Recipients may major in any subject.

Financial Need
Financial need is a primary consideration. Students meeting all other eligibility criteria but with little financial need may also apply. 

Length of Support 
This scholarship will be awarded for one year only.

Scholarship Amount
Varies depending on funds available and number of scholarships awarded. Historically, $750 has been awarded.

Application Deadline
February 1

To apply, go to: