School Counseling Office Announces: Writing Contests, Leadership, Cultural Exchange and STEM Program Opportunities

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars is a NASA based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational program for high school juniors in Virginia. This is a competitive program that allows high school juniors to take an engaging NASA-developed course using a Science Exploration theme. Based on course performance, Scholars may be selected to participate in an all expense paid, seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Visit for additional information and online application. Application deadline is November 4, 2011.

The 48th Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is sponsored by Hollins University for sophomore and junior girls. Students must submit their poem(s) in Microsoft Word online at  Deadline for entries is November 15, 2011.

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar Program is offering one slot for a sophomore from our school to attend an all-expenses paid seminar in the spring. If interested, please submit a 75–100 word essay describing the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community to Ms. Davis. The deadline for submission is November 1st.

The Dominion Strong Men and Women Writing Contest is open to juniors and seniors. Students must submit a 350-word essay online about one of the more than 200 individuals featured in the Strong Men and Women Series. Four essays will be chosen, and the winning essayists will receive laptop computers and earn monetary rewards for their respective schools . Interested students can visit, keyword strong for more information or to submit an essay. Deadline is November 7th

High School Diplomats is a ten-day cultural exchange program between Japanese and American students. It is a full-scholarship program that gives 40 American sophomore and junior high school students the chance to build relationships with people from another country and learn another culture firsthand. The students are selected from all across the country to come to Princeton University, where they are paired up with a Japanese roommate based on similarities in personality, interests, and hobbies. For ten days, the students attend language and cultural classes, and participate in a mixture of academic discussions, presentations, and fun activities. HSD is a summer program like no other because it opens kids' eyes to a whole new perspective on the world, while also helping them learn more about themselves. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required! Visit to apply now! Applications are due January 8th.      

Questions?  Please contact Ms. Joy Davis  (804)354-6800, ext. 3220.